We generated the second harmonics of pulses in the far-infrared region (30 - 55 µm), using the organic salt dimethylamino-4-N -methylstilbazolium tosylate (DAST). We demonstrate that DAST can be used to characterize ultrashort pulses in a spectral region where no other materials are available. To illustrate the need for such characterizations, we show the effects of propagation through air on the shape of ultrashort far-infrared pulses.

Opt. Lett.
Ultrafast Spectroscopy

van Dantzig, N. A., Planken, P., & Bakker, H. (1998). Far-infrared second-harmonic generation and pulse characterization with the organic salt DAST. Opt. Lett., 23, 466–468.