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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 11 — May. 26, 2008
  • pp: 8280–8285

Distortion reduction in Slow Light systems based on stimulated Brillouin scattering

Thomas Schneider, Ronny Henker, Kai-Uwe Lauterbach, and Markus Junker  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 11, pp. 8280-8285 (2008)

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We show a simple method to reduce the distortions in SBS based slow light systems. The distortion reduction is simply based on a broadening and adaptation of the gain bandwidth. However, a broadened gain reduces the achievable fractional delay which cannot be compensated by higher pump powers. Here we will show that this compensation can be done by additional loss spectra. With the presented method low distortions for high fractional pulse delays are possible. We show the theory and experimental verifications of our method. For Gaussian pulses with a fractional delay of 1Bit we achieved a distortion reduction of around 23%.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Slow Light

Original Manuscript: March 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 19, 2008
Published: May 22, 2008

Thomas Schneider, Ronny Henker, Kai-Uwe Lauterbach, and Markus Junker, "Distortion reduction in Slow Light systems based on stimulated Brillouin scattering," Opt. Express 16, 8280-8285 (2008)

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