The angular bandwidth (ABW) of a Brillouin amplifier is shown to be dependent on the spectral bandwidth of the interacting beams in a counterpropagating geometry. Theory and experiment reveal that the actual ABW for typical lasers is much larger than monochromatic theory suggests. For single-longitudinal-mode pulses of a 8.5-ns duration interacting in CS<sub>2</sub> the ABW is equal to ±320 mrad (±18°), corresponding to an external angle of ±29°. However, to permit us to take advantage of the full ABW afforded by the Brillouin interaction, proper design of the amplifier is necessary to ensure that angular walk-off loss does not occur.
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Yaakov Glick and Shmuel Sternklar, "Angular bandwidth for Brillouin amplification," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 11, 1539-1543 (1994)