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By Optically-pumped Thz and Eric R. Mueller


The recent myriad of advances in THz sources, detectors, and potential applications has brought this region of the spectrum to the attention of its widest audience to date. As applications are developed, the optimal source technology for each application will be requirement dependent. Modern opticallypumped THz laser technology may well be the source of choice for selected applications. The advent of reliable compact CO2 laser technology and its widespread commercial application, combined with recent developments in similarly reliable compact THz laser technology, has heralded a new era in optically-pumped THz lasers. This new generation of laser technology is being used on a long-duration space mission on NASA’s AURA satellite. Further, this technology has yielded easy-to-operate laboratory THz sources. The present paper will review the current state of optically-pumped THz laser technology and present some of the longer-term roadmaps available for this technology

Year: 2011
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