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I. Parametric Study of Optically Pumped Far-Infrared Waveguide Lasers. II. Theory and Experiment of Folded Fabry-Perot Quasi-Optical Ring Resonator Diplexer


Chiou, Arthur Er-Terg (1983) I. Parametric Study of Optically Pumped Far-Infrared Waveguide Lasers. II. Theory and Experiment of Folded Fabry-Perot Quasi-Optical Ring Resonator Diplexer. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/eeh1-p029.


This thesis consists of two parts, each representing a different aspect of far-infrared (FIR) physics and technology.

Part I deals with the problems related to the physics and the design of one of the extremely useful coherent sources in the FIR region of the electromagnetic spectrum: the optically-pumped FIR waveguide laser. The effects of small waveguide diameter were studied here particularly because of their importance to the practical realization of a compact coherent FIR laser. Two known theoretical models were used to analyze the performance of CH3OH 118 µm laser and CH3F 496 µm laser; the results from these models were compared with the results of our experimental parametric study on CH3OH 118 µm laser. A simplified model of Lourtioz and Adde agrees reasonably well, in a semiquantitative sense, with our experimental results. The λ2/a3 dependence of distributed waveguide loss for FIR radiation turns out to be the major factor that limits the waveguide size.

Part II deals with a problem related to the physics and design of a diplexer for application in the FIR heterodyne radiometry, where signals from the local oscillator and the received signal have to be directed into a detector for frequency mixing and for further signal processing. Since the signal of interest is typically very weak, the diplexer should serve the dual purpose of directing the two beams and filtering out the unwanted frequency components (noise) to enhance the signal to noise ratio, and do so with minimum loss.

The optimum design parameters for a folded Fabry-Perot quasi-optical ring resonator diplexer were derived, and its performance was investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The results were compared with those of the similar diplexers of non-optimum geometry. The advantages and limitations of the optimum diplexer design are analyzed.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Applied Physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Applied Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Bridges, William B.
Thesis Committee:
  • Culick, Fred E. C. (chair)
  • Bridges, William B.
  • Phillips, Thomas G.
  • Rutledge, David B.
  • Yariv, Amnon
Defense Date:6 January 1983
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-08312006-083650
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ID Code:3294
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Deposited On:14 Sep 2006
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