Terahertz Radiation of a Low-inductance Discharge in Vacuum with Laser-plasma Initiation


The results of the study of terahertz radiation, which is generated by the plasma of a low-inductance discharge with micropinchs, are presented in this paper. The discharge was initiated by focused radiation from a pulsed Nd:YAG laser (pulse duration is 10 ns, pulse energy is 0.8 J). The energy that was stored in the capacitor of the discharge system was ∼ 40 J. The principal role of micropinch for the generation of THz radiation was proposed. The oscillogram of the diode current was obtained to visualize the presence of micropinch plasma. The power of the THz source was calculated and an experimental study of the spectrum of this source was carried out.

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