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Picosecond acoustic dynamics in stimulated Brillouin scattering


Stiller,  Birgit
Stiller Research Group, Research Groups, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;
University of Sydney;
Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg;

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Piotrowski, J., Schmidt, M. K., Stiller, B., Poulton, C. G., & Steel, M. (2021). Picosecond acoustic dynamics in stimulated Brillouin scattering. Optics Letters, 46(12), 2972-2975. doi:10.1364/OL.424701.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-5DF1-F
Recent experiments demonstrating storage of optical pulses in acoustic phonons via stimulated Brillouin scattering raise questions about the spectral and temporal capacities of such protocols and the limitations of the theoretical frameworks routinely used to describe them. We consider the dynamics of photon-phonon scattering induced by optical pulses with temporal widths comparable to the period of acoustic oscillations. We revisit the widely adopted classical formalism of coupled modes and demonstrate its breakdown. We use a simple extension to the formulation and find potentially measurable consequences in the dynamics of Brillouin experiments involving ultrashort pulses. (C) 2021 Optical Society of America