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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 26 — Dec. 24, 2007
  • pp: 17625–17630

Threshold for stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fiber

V. I. Kovalev and R. G. Harrison  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 26, pp. 17625-17630 (2007)

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We show that in optical fiber the threshold exponential gain, Gth , for stimulated Brillouin scattering initiated by spontaneous Brillouin scattering is functionally and strongly dependent on the material, length and numerical aperture of the fiber and the pump wavelength. For silica fiber we show that the value of Gth at λ≅1 µm ranges from as low as ~5 in long fiber (≥ few kms) to ~10–12 in fibers of ~100 m length and ~20–23 for very short fibers (<10 cm).

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 16, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 6, 2007
Published: December 12, 2007

V. I. Kovalev and R. G. Harrison, "Threshold for stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fiber," Opt. Express 15, 17625-17630 (2007)

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