Abstract

We report on terahertz (THz) emission from a (111)-cut InAs crystal in the reflection and transmission directions, excited by femtosecond optical pulses in the direction of its surface normal. THz pulse amplitudes emitted from the crystal surface in this case were only 20% smaller than for optimal photoexcitation at a 45° angle. This observation evidences that THz emission from InAs is caused by lateral photocurrent transients appearing due to a crystal anisotropy rather than directly by the photo-Dember effect, which creates fast changing electric polarization perpendicular to the surface. Such a simple geometry of the photoexcitation could greatly enhance the fields of surface THz emitter applications.

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