Abstract

We study an off-axis terahertz (THz) parametric oscillator and show its superior performance over a conventional THz parametric oscillator. Furthermore, by pumping an off-axis lithium-niobate oscillator with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser having an axial-mode spacing matched to the THz oscillator’s mode spacing, we generated an ultra-broad red-shifted frequency comb between 1065 and 1085 nm at the output, which corresponds to a four-octave-spanning THz-frequency comb in the idler spectrum. We also demonstrated a signal-seeded off-axis THz parametric oscillator, which generates 8 nJ narrow-line radiation at 2.1 THz and achieved 46% pump depletion in a 6.5 cm long crystal with only 4 mJ pump energy in a 460 ps pump pulse width. Furthermore, tuning between 3.6 and 4.9 THz for the generated radiation is also demonstrated in this work.

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