Stimulated Brillouin scattering materials, experimental design and applications: A review

Zhenxu Bai, Hang Yuan, Zhaohong Liu, Pengbai Xu, Qilin Gao, Robert J. Williams, Ondrej Kitzler, Richard P. Mildren, Yulei Wang, Zhiwei Lu*

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Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS), as one type of third-order nonlinear optics effect, is extensively exploited and rapidly developed in the field of lasers and optoelectronics. A large number of theoretical and experimental studies on SBS have been carried out in the past decades. Especially, the exploration of new SBS materials and new types of SBS modulation methods have been engaged simultaneously, as the properties of different materials have great influence on the SBS performance such as generation threshold, Brillouin amplification efficiency, frequency shift, breakdown threshold, etc. This article provides a comprehensive review of the characteristics of different types of SBS materials, SBS applications, experimental design methods, as well as the parameter optimization method, which is expected to provide reference and guidance to SBS related experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-645
Number of pages20
JournalOptical Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • applications
  • experimental design
  • media
  • Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS)


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