Towards time-resolved THz imaging
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- Planken, P. & Bakker, H. Appl Phys A (2004) 78: 465. doi:10.1007/s00339-003-2405-0
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We describe a setup that allows for the measurement of high-quality images at frequencies in the far-infrared (THz) regime of the spectrum. By using water-cooled THz emitters that are biased with a 50-kHz, ±400-V square wave, rapid delay scanning, and differential lock-in detection at 50 kHz, we attain shot-noise-limited detection of THz transients. As a result, THz transients with a large dynamic range of ∼5000 can be measured in 20 ms. We show that the THz imaging setup enables the time-resolved detection of the diffusion of gases.