Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
Welcome to the 2015 CAP Congress! / Bienvenue au congrès de l'ACP 2015!

Terahertz source development for studying Warm Dense Matter and High Energy Density Plasmas

Jun 17, 2015, 7:08 PM
CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge (University of Alberta)

CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge

University of Alberta

Poster (Student, Not in Competition) / Affiche (Étudiant(e), pas dans la compétition) Plasma Physics / Physique des plasmas (DPP) DPP Poster Session with beer / Session d'affiches, avec bière DPP


Chandra Curry (University of Alberta)


After decades of being referred to as the terahertz gap, terahertz radiation is now routinely used in spectroscopic and imaging applications. Further advancement, however, has been limited by the lack of high-energy sources. New studies indicating higher terahertz conversion efficiencies [1] open up the possibility of novel applications in high energy density physics. One such application utilizes a terahertz beam to probe an optically excited system. A high-energy terahertz source is currently in development at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory using optical rectification in lithium niobate with a 20 mJ, 800 nm, 40 fs Ti:Sapphire laser system. A pyroelectric camera is used to obtain the spatial profile of the generated terahertz beam while electro-optic detection is used to measure the full terahertz waveform. We will present the characterization of this source, as well as its potential use in future studies of the electrical conductivity of warm dense matter. [1] S. -W. Huang et al. (2013). High conversion efficiency, high energy terahertz pulses by optical rectification in cryogenically cooled lithium niobate. Optics Letters, 38(5), 796–798.

Primary author

Chandra Curry (University of Alberta)


Matt Reid (University of Northern British Columbia) Philippe Hering (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Siegfried H. Glenzer (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Ying Tsui (University of Alberta) Zhijiang Chen (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

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