Broadband terahertz solid-state emitter driven by Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator

We report on a table-top, high-power, terahertz (THz) solid-state emitter driven by few-cycle near-infrared pulses at 16 MHz repetition rate in gallium phosphide (GaP) crystals. Two external nonlinear multi-pass cells are used to shorten the output of a home-built, 100 W, 265 fs, 6.2μJ Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator, operating at 1030 nm, to 18 fs with 3.78μJ pulse energy. The broadband spectrum of the THz driver allowed for the extension of the THz cutoff frequency to 5.7 THz at the dynamic range of 104. By employing the high-power Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator, the low efficiency of the THz generation is circumvented, resulting in the generation of up to 100μW, multi-octave THz pulses at 5 THz cutoff frequency in a 2 mm thick GaP crystal.


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