An ultrafast light-intensity modulator, based on stimulated Raman scattering, is described. The intensity of a continuous wave laser is fully modulated at 17 THz using hydrogen in a high-finesse cavity. The modulation frequency is determined by the molecular constant of the Raman medium, i.e., the Raman shift frequency. The modulation frequency can be changed in the tetrahertz range by replacing the Raman medium. Due to the accurate modulation frequency and the high beam coherence, this device is amenable to a variety of applications such as in basic science and also in advanced industrial technology.
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