It is shown, by simulation and theory, that circularly or elliptically polarized terahertz radiation can be generated when a static magnetic (B) field is imposed on a gas target along the propagation direction of a two-color laser driver. The radiation frequency is determined by ω2p+ω2c/4−−−−−−−−√+ωc/2, where ωp is the plasma frequency and ωc is the electron cyclotron frequency. With the increase of the B field, the radiation changes from a single-cycle broadband waveform to a continuous narrow-band emission. In high-B-field cases, the radiation strength is proportional to ω2p/ωc. The B field provides a tunability in the radiation frequency, spectrum width, and field strength.
- elliptically polarized terahertz radiation
- two-color laser driver
- radiation frequency
- spectrum width
- field strength