Compact terahertz time domain spectroscopy system with diffraction-limited spatial resolution

Shinichi Watanabe, Ryo Shimano

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A compact and rigid terahertz time domain spectroscopy system is presented. The size of the device is 20 mm diameter times 61 mm length with four parabolic-shaped concave mirrors dug in it to effectively focus a terahertz beam, on a sample. The device has no chromatic aberration over the whole bandwidth of the beam (0.3-2 THz), and an effective numerical aperture of about 0.45 is achieved, which has a capability to image the structure whose size is almost the same as the wavelength. Frequency resolved images clearly show this performance. We also show that quantitative retrieval of the complex refractive index of the structure as small as twice of the wavelength is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103906
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov 19
Externally publishedYes


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  • Instrumentation

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