"High-speed all-optical terahertz polarization switching by a transient plasma phase modulator"

Haidan Wen: Dan Daranciang, and Aaron M. Lindenberg; Appl. Phys. Lett., 04/19/10.

Additional Authors: Dan Daranciang, and Aaron M. Lindenberg

Abstract:

We demonstrate high-speed all-optical polarization switching of broadband terahertz frequency electromagnetic fields with subpicosecond switch-on time. This is achieved through the use of a two-plasma configuration in an orthogonal geometry in which one plasma modulates the relative phase of a two-color optical pump field, enabling rapid terahertz polarization modulation at rates limited by the repetition-rate of the control pulse.