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Employment of gradient metal-film output mirrors in terahertz discharge lasers

Dzyubenko, MI, Masalov, SO, Kamenev, YE, Kolenov, IV, Radionov, VP, Dakhov, NF, Puzak, АI, Dmitruk, OI

O.Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics of NASU
12, Acad. Proskury St., Kharkiv, 61085, Ukraine
E-mail: mid41@ukr.net, radsvet@ukr.net

Language: ukranian

Subject and Purpose. The problem of output beam matching with the waveguide transmission line often arises when using terahertz lasers. The special quasi-optical devices that are used to combat the problem lead to radiation losses and additional material costs. The aim of this work is to develop appropriate output mirrors for THz lasers so as to make the output laser beam match the transmission line of a given diameter.

Methods and Methodology. As part of the experimental research into the action of the output mirror configuration on the parameters of THz laser radiation, gradient metal-film mirrors are made like a transparent substrate with a thin metal layer on it. The layer thickness varies over the substrate surface, forming therewith a transparency spot with a given change in the transmittance in the middle of the mirror. The properties of the gradient metal-film output mirrors are examined as applied to a gas-discharge HCN laser at a wavelength of 337 μm.

Results. The gradient metal-film mirrors enable obtaining laser beams of a diameter equal to the inner diameter of the relevant transmission line and with a proper transverse energy distribution. The efficiency of the transmission of laser radiation energy into the waveguide line increases, and so does the performance of the laser installation. Another positive point is that the enhanced transparency in the middle of the mirror raises efficiency of the active substance energy utilization and conveys focusing properties to the flat mirror, which reduces diffraction losses.

Conclusions. The employment of gradient metal-film output mirrors makes it possible to raise efficiency of laser installations. The features of metal-film mirrors suggest broad potentials for their application and make reasonable their further research.

Keywords: gradient metal-film output mirror, laser, laser resonator, terahertz range

Manuscript submitted 29.07.2021
Radiofiz. elektron. 2021, 26(4): 28-33
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