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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2826–2833

Effect of acoustic wave inertia and its implication to slow light via stimulated Brillouin scattering in an extended medium

V. I. Kovalev, N. E. Kotova, and R. G. Harrison  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2826-2833 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.002826


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Abstract

An analytical solution of the basic coupled stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) equations is obtained which describes the evolution of a Stokes pulse injected into an extended Brillouin medium excited by CW pump radiation. We show that regardless of the pulse length of the input Stokes pulse the delay of the output Stokes pulse results entirely from the inertia of the acoustic wave excitation via the electrostrictive interaction of the Stokes pulse with CW pump radiation. This delay is the SBS build up time and not the SBS induced group delay normally attributed to slow light.

© 2009 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 and Fast Light

History
Original Manuscript: December 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2009
Published: February 11, 2009

Citation
V. I. Kovalev, N. Y. Kotova, and R. G. Harrison, "Effect of acoustic wave inertia and its implication to slow light via stimulated Brillouin scattering in an extended medium," Opt. Express 17, 2826-2833 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-4-2826


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