Abstract

We demonstrate a continuous wave, single-frequency terahertz (THz) source emitting 1.9 THz. The linewidth is less than 100 kHz and the generated THz output power exceeds 100 μW. The THz source is based on parametric difference frequency generation within a nonlinear crystal located in an optical enhancement cavity. Two single-frequency vertical-external-cavity source-emitting lasers with emission wavelengths spaced by 6.8 nm are phase locked to the external cavity and provide pump photons for the nonlinear downconversion. It is demonstrated that the THz source can be used as a local oscillator to drive a receiver used in astronomy applications.

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