Abstract

A terahertz (THz) polarization real-time imaging system that can effectively reduce experimental time consumption for acquiring a sample’s polarization information is achieved. An alternative THz polarization measurement method is proposed. In this method, a 110 zinc-blende crystal is used as the sensor, and the probe polarization is adjusted to detect THz electric fields on the two orthogonal polarization components. The relative sensitivity of the imaging system to the THz polarization angle is estimated to be less than 0.5°. To illustrate the ability of the system, two samples are designed and measured by using the system. From their THz polarization real-time images, each region of these samples can be precisely presented. Experimental results clearly show the special influences of different materials on the THz polarization. This work effectively extends the information content obtained by THz real-time imaging and improves the feasibility of the imaging technique.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

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