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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 16 — Aug. 4, 2008
  • pp: 12181–12189

Self-advanced fast light propagation in an optical fiber based on Brillouin scattering

Sanghoon Chin, Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez, and Luc Thévenaz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 16, pp. 12181-12189 (2008)

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We experimentally demonstrate an extremely simple technique to achieve pulse advancements in optical fibers by using both spontaneous amplified and stimulated Brillouin scattering. It is shown that the group velocity of a light signal is all-optically controlled by its average power while it propagates through an optical fiber. The signal generates an intense back-propagating Stokes emission that causes a loss on the signal through depletion. This narrowband loss gives rise to a fast light propagation at the exact signal frequency. The Stokes emission self-adapts in real time to the Brillouin properties of the fiber and to a wide extent to the signal bandwidth.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Slow and Fast Light

Original Manuscript: March 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2008
Published: July 30, 2008

Sanghoon Chin, Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez, and Luc Thevenaz, "Self-advanced fast light propagation in an optical fiber based on Brillouin scattering," Opt. Express 16, 12181-12189 (2008)

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