A high efficiency method for exploiting an ultra fast opto-electric signal generator

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Mark J. Hagmann

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Frank K. Urban

Third Advisor's Name

Subbarao V. Wunnuva

Date of Defense



Simulations suggest that photomixing in resonant laser-assisted field emission could be used to generate and detect signals from DC to 100 THz. It is the objective of this research to develop a system to efficiently couple the microwave signals generated on an emitting tip by optical mixing. Four different methods for coupling are studied. Tapered Goubau line is found to be the most suitable. Goubau line theory is reviewed, and programs are written to determine loss on the line. From this, Goubau tapers are designed that have a 1:100 bandwidth. These tapers are finally simulated using finite difference time domain, to find the optimum design parameters.

Tapered Goubau line is an effective method for coupling power from the field emitting tip. It has large bandwidth, and acceptable loss. Another important consideration is that it is the easiest to manufacture of the four possibilities studied, an important quality for any prototype.



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