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Picosecond acoustic dynamics in stimulated Brillouin scattering

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posted on 2023-01-11, 22:14 authored by Johannes Piotrowski, Mikołaj K. Schmidt, Birgit Stiller, Christopher G. Poulton, Michael Steel
Recent experiments demonstrating storage of optical pulses in acoustic phonons based on stimulated Brillouin scattering raise a number of questions about the spectral and temporal capacities of such protocols and the limitations of the theoretical frameworks routinely used to describe them. In this work, 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 propose a simple extension to generalise the formulation and find potentially measurable consequences in the dynamics of Brillouin experiments involving ultra-short pulses.



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