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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 14 — Jul. 2, 2012
  • pp: 15872–15881

Suppression of stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fibers using a linearly chirped diode laser

J. O. White, A. Vasilyev, J. P. Cahill, N. Satyan, O. Okusaga, G. Rakuljic, C. E. Mungan, and A. Yariv  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 14, pp. 15872-15881 (2012)

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The output of high power fiber amplifiers is typically limited by stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS). An analysis of SBS with a chirped pump laser indicates that a chirp of 2.5 × 1015 Hz/s could raise, by an order of magnitude, the SBS threshold of a 20-m fiber. A diode laser with a constant output power and a linear chirp of 5 × 1015 Hz/s has been previously demonstrated. In a low-power proof-of-concept experiment, the threshold for SBS in a 6-km fiber is increased by a factor of 100 with a chirp of 5 × 1014 Hz/s. A linear chirp will enable straightforward coherent combination of multiple fiber amplifiers, with electronic compensation of path length differences on the order of 0.2 m.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(190.5890) Nonlinear optics : Scattering, stimulated
(140.3518) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, frequency modulated

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2012
Published: June 27, 2012

J. O. White, A. Vasilyev, J. P. Cahill, N. Satyan, O. Okusaga, G. Rakuljic, C. E. Mungan, and A. Yariv, "Suppression of stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fibers using a linearly chirped diode laser," Opt. Express 20, 15872-15881 (2012)

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