Applied Physics B

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 55–61 | Cite as

Ultra-narrow-linewidth continuous-wave THz sources based on multiplier chains

  • S. Schiller
  • B. Roth
  • F. Lewen
  • O. Ricken
  • M. C. Wiedner


We demonstrate two different sources at 1.3 THz based on multiplier chains (72nd harmonic generation), which exhibit linewidths at the level of 2×10−12 in relative units. The multiplication processes are shown not to contribute significantly to this linewidth. The phase noise of one of the sources and the fractional power in the carrier (76%) were determined. The application of these sources as references for quantum cascade THz lasers and for spectroscopy of ultracold molecules is suggested. Thus, rotational spectroscopy with few Hz resolution at 1.3 THz is possible with the present easy-to-use sources. An approach for reducing the linewidth by a factor on the order of 103 to the 1×10−15 level using optical technology is proposed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Schiller
    • 1
  • B. Roth
    • 1
  • F. Lewen
    • 2
  • O. Ricken
    • 2
  • M. C. Wiedner
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für ExperimentalphysikHeinrich-Heine Universität DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.I. Physikalisches InstitutUniversität zu KölnKölnGermany

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