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Title: Strong sub-terahertz surface waves generated on a metal wire by high-intensity laser pulses.
Authors: Tokita, Shigeki
Sakabe, Shuji  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Nagashima, Takeshi
Hashida, Masaki  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Inoue, Shunsuke  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Author's alias: 時田, 茂樹
井上, 峻介
Issue Date: 5-Feb-2015
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal title: Scientific reports
Volume: 5
Thesis number: 8268
Abstract: Terahertz pulses trapped as surface waves on a wire waveguide can be flexibly transmitted and focused to sub-wavelength dimensions by using, for example, a tapered tip. This is particularly useful for applications that require high-field pulses. However, the generation of strong terahertz surface waves on a wire waveguide remains a challenge. Here, ultrafast field propagation along a metal wire driven by a femtosecond laser pulse with an intensity of 10[18] W/cm[2] is characterized by femtosecond electron deflectometry. From experimental and numerical results, we conclude that the field propagating at the speed of light is a half-cycle transverse-magnetic surface wave excited on the wire and a considerable portion of the kinetic energy of laser-produced fast electrons can be transferred to the sub-surface wave. The peak electric field strength of the surface wave and the pulse duration are estimated to be 200 MV/m and 7 ps, respectively.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/srep08268
PubMed ID: 25652694
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