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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Optical Systems

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences | Department of Physics | Optical Systems | Publications | Laser-processed diffractive lenses for the frequency range of 4.7 THz

Simonas Indrisiunas, Heiko Richter, Ignas Grigelionis, Vytautas Janonis, Linas Minkevicius, Gintaras Valusis, Gediminas Raciukaitis, Till Hagelschuer, Heinz-Wilhelm Hübers, and Irmantas Kasalynas (2019)

Laser-processed diffractive lenses for the frequency range of 4.7 THz

Optics Letters, 44(5):1210–1213.

The development of diffractive lenses for the upper terahertz (THz) frequency range above 1 THz was successfully demonstrated by employing a direct laser ablation (DLA) technology. Two types of samples such as the Soret Zone plate lens and the multi-level phase-correcting Fresnel lens were fabricated of a metal foil and crystalline silicon, respectively. The focusing performance along the optical axis of a 4.745 THz quantum cascade laser beam with respect to the positioning angle of the sample was studied by using a realtime microbolometric camera. A binary-phase profile sample demonstrated the values of the focusing gain and focused beam size up to 25 dB and 0.15 mm (2.4), respectively. The increase of the phase quantization level to eight led to higher (up to 29 dB) focusing gain values without a measurable increase of optical losses. All the samples were tolerant to misalignment as large as 10 deg of oblique incidence with a focusing power drop no larger than 10\%. The results pave the way for new applications of industry-ready DLA technology in the entire THz range.

diffractive lense, laser-processing, THz