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Diamond Brillouin Lasers
preprintposted on 2023-11-30, 05:57 authored by Robert J. Williams, Zhenxu Bai, Soumya Sarang, Ondrej Kitzler, David J. Spence, Richard P. Mildren
The coherent interaction between optical and acoustic waves via stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) is a fundamental tool for manipulating light at GHz frequencies. Its narrowband and noise-suppressing characteristics have recently enabled microwave-photonic functionality in integrated devices based on chalcogenide glasses, silica and silicon. Diamond possesses much higher acoustic and bandgap frequencies and superior thermal properties, promising increased frequency, bandwidth and power; however, fabrication of low-loss optical and acoustic guidance structures with the resonances matched to the Brillouin shift is currently challenging. Here we use intense cavity-enhanced Raman generation to drive a diamond Brillouin laser without acoustic guidance. Our versatile configuration - the first demonstration of a free-space Brillouin laser - provides tens-of-watts of continuous Brillouin laser output on a 71 GHz Stokes shift with user switching between single Stokes and Brillouin frequency comb output. These results open the door to high-power, high-coherence lasers and Brillouin frequency combs, and are a major step towards on-chip diamond SBS devices.