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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 10039–10047

Chirped Brillouin dynamic gratings for storing and compressing light

Herbert G. Winful  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 10039-10047 (2013)

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We demonstrate theoretically that chirped dynamic gratings can be created in optical fibers through stimulated Brillouin scattering with frequency-chirped “signal” and “write” pulses. When the grating is interrogated with a third pulse of the opposite chirp, a compressed signal pulse is retrieved. This provides a method to regenerate stored pulses and enhance signal levels for communications applications.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1590) Diffraction and gratings : Chirping
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(190.2055) Nonlinear optics : Dynamic gratings

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: March 21, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2013
Published: April 15, 2013

Herbert G. Winful, "Chirped Brillouin dynamic gratings for storing and compressing light," Opt. Express 21, 10039-10047 (2013)

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