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Physics and Applications of Terahertz Radiation

Perenzoni, Matteo, Paul, Douglas J. (Eds.)

2014, VIII, 255 p. 172 illus., 45 illus. in color.

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  • Provides a wide view of the most important available technologies in the THz field saving time of bibliographic search
  • The structure of the book links technology and applications, giving the reader a perspective beyond its specific field
  • Each topic is updated with state-of-the-art content and gives the reader trends for the future and stimulus for new thinking
  • The level of the book is idea for graduate courses in terahertz technology or for new people to the field who need to understand all or a few detailed aspects of terahertz technology

This book covers the latest advances in the techniques employed to manage the THz radiation and its potential uses. It has been subdivided in three sections: THz Detectors, THz Sources, Systems and Applications. These three sections will allow the reader to be introduced in a logical way to the physics problems of sensing and generation of the terahertz radiation, the implementation of these devices into systems including other components and finally the exploitation of the equipment for real applications in some different field. All of the sections and chapters can be individually addressed in order to deepen the understanding of a single topic without the need to read the whole book.

The THz Detectors section will address the latest developments in detection devices based on three different physical principles: photodetection, thermal power detection, rectification.

The THz Sources section will describe three completely different generation methods, operating in three separate scales: quantum cascade lasers, free electron lasers and non-linear optical generation.

The Systems and Applications section will take care of introducing many of the aspects needed to move from a device to an equipment perspective: control of terahertz radiation, its use in imaging or in spectroscopy, potential uses in security, and will address also safety issues.

The text book is at a level appropriate to graduate level courses up to researchers in the field who require a reference book covering all aspects of terahertz technology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Non Linear Optics - Photo Detectors - Plasma Wave Devices - THz detectors - THz sources - Terahertz Science - Time-domain Spectroscopy - millimetre-waves - quantum cascade lasers - terahertz applications

Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Electronics & Electrical Engineering - Optical & Electronic Materials - Optics & Lasers

Table of contents 

THz Detectors

1 Quantum Well Photodetectors; Fabrizio Castellano.
1.1 Fundamentals of photoconductors and photodiodes. 1.2 Semiconductor quantum wells. 1.3 Intersubband transitions. 1.4 Transport in multi-quantum-well systems. 1.5 Quantum well detectors. 1.6 Quantum dot detectors.

2 Bolometric Detectors; François Simoens.
2.1 Bolometric detection. 2.2 Cooled THz bolometers. 2.3 Uncooled THz bolometers. 2.4 Conclusions. 2.5 Acknowledgements.

3 Terahertz Plasma Field-Effect Transistors; Wojciech Knap, Dominique Coquillat, Nina Dyakonova, Dmitry But, Taiichi Otsuji and Frederic Teppe.
3.1 Introduction. 3.2 Experiments on THz Emission from Field Effect Transistors. 3.3 Experiments on THz Detection by Field Effect Transistors. 3.4 Detection by double grating gate FETs. 3.5 Summary.

THz Sources.

4 Quantum Cascade Lasers; Douglas Paul.
4.1 Background. 4.2 Quantum wells and quantum mechanical tunneling. 4.3 QCL lasing requirements. 4.4 Gain in quantum cascade lasers. 4.5 Active region designs. 4.6 Waveguide designs and losses. 4.7 Exemplar experimental laser results. 4.8 Future requirements from THz quantum cascade lasers. 4.9 Summary.

5 Relativistic Electrons Based Sources; Andrea Doria.
5.1 The Electron Photon Interaction. 5.2 The Free Electron Laser (FEL) Mechanism. 5.3 Compact FELs. 5.4 The Frascati FEL Facility. 5.5 The Compact Advanced THz Source (CATS).

6 Non-linear Optical Generation; Graeme Malcolm, David A. Walsh, Marc Chateauneuf.
6.1 Intracavity THz generation in OPOs. 6.2 Application of Intracavity THz OPO in stand-off spectroscopy.

Systems and Applications.

7 THz Control with Metamaterials; David R. S. Cumming, Timothy D. Drysdale, James P. Grant.
7.1 Diffractive optics. 7.2 Polarisation control. 7.3 Terahertz filters. 7.4 Metamaterials and surface plasmon resonance. 7.5 Summary.

8 Time Domain Spectroscopy; Jean-François Roux, Frederic Garet, Jean-Louis Coutaz.
8.1 Introduction. 8.2 Principles of THz-TDS. 8.3 Generation and detection of short electromagnetic pulses. 8.4 Characteristics of a TDS setup. 8.5 Principles for extraction of optical parameters from THz-TDS measurements. 8.6 Examples of applications of THz-TDS. 8.7 Uncertainties and precision of THz-TDS. 8.8 Comparison with FTIR measurements. 8.9 Conclusions.

9 Security and Safety; Roger Appleby, Martyn Chamberlain.
9.1 Overview. 9.2 Nature of security threats, ethical considerations. 9.3 Physical principles. 9.4 Review of previous topical reviews (2006-2010). 9.5 Review of available commercial and near-to-market systems. 9.6 New developments. 9.7 Terahertz safety. 9.8 Overall conclusions.

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