The authors demonstrate the use of a terahertz quantum cascade laser (QCL) for real-time imaging in transmission mode at a standoff distance of 25meters. Lasing frequency was selected for optimum transmission within an atmospheric window at ∼4.9THz. Coarse frequency selection was made by design of the QCL gain medium. Finer selection (to within 0.1THz) was made by judicious choice of laser cavity length to adjust facet losses and therefore lasing threshold bias, in order to overlap the peak frequency of the Stark-shifted gain spectrum with the atmospheric window. Images are shown using an uncooled 320×240 microbolometer camera.
Applied Physics Letters
- Pub Date:
- October 2006
- infrared submillimeter wave microwave and radiowave receivers and detectors;
- Semiconductor lasers;
- laser diodes;
- Resonators cavities amplifiers arrays and rings