Time-resolved THz spectroscopy in a parallel plate waveguide



We demonstrate time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy inside a novel parallel plate waveguide where one of the metallic plates is replaced by a transparent conducting oxide. Considerable improvements to the waveguide loss coefficient are shown, with a power absorption coefficient of 4 cm–1 at 0.5 THz. The time resolution of the technique is shown to be limited by the spatial excitation profile, which for sharply focused beams can approach ∼1 ps time scales. (© 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)