Surface-emitting terahertz quantum cascade laser source based on intracavity difference-frequency generation Academic Article uri icon


  • We report a surface-emitting terahertz source based on intracavity difference-frequency generation in dual-wavelength midinfrared quantum cascade lasers with integrated giant second-order nonlinear susceptibility. The terahertz light is coupled out of the waveguide by a second-order grating etched into the laser ridges. In contrast to sources where the difference-frequency radiation is extracted from the facet, this approach enables extraction of the terahertz emission from the whole length of the device even when the coherence length is small. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.

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  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Pflügl, C., Belkin, M. A., Wang, Q. J., Geiser, M., Belyanin, A., Fischer, M., ... Capasso, F.

citation count

  • 25

publication date

  • October 2008