Storing and delaying optical information is of crucial importance for optical communications, signal processing and in the quantum domain. A plethora of techniques for optical storage have been shown which aim to maintain as much as possible the advantages of optics, such as e.g. the coherence, the bandwidth and capacity. In particular the interaction of optical waves with mechanical motion offers a solution to buffer optical information [1-4]. It was shown that one can use acoustic waves to store and delay optical signals coherently via the effect of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) [3,4]. This allows for simultaneous storage at multiple wavelengths [5], cascaded storage at different spatial positions [6], and nonreciprocal storage with a GHz bandwidth [7]. However, the delay time of this technique is so far limited to the acoustic lifetime of about 10 ns.

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