High field broadband THz generation in organic materials
Organic salt crystals, e.g. DAST, OH1, and DSTMS, pumped by ultra-short infrared laser are efficient THz emitters. We review our latest results on the generation in organic crystals of THz single-cycle transients with field strength of 1.5 MV/cm. The energy conversion reaches 2% with photon conversion efficiency up to 200%. THz radiation produced in such crystals offers excellent beam propagation properties and can be focused down to diffraction limited spot size in order to realize the highest field. This source covers the full spectral range between 0.1 and 10 THz. Further, we discuss the possibility to control the absolute phase and the polarity of the THz field.