Abstract

We derived the relation between a figure of merit, M1, for the diffraction efficiency of acousto-optical devices and the Brillouin-gain coefficient, gB. We then estimated the values of gB and the phonon lifetime for typical As2S3 and As2Se3 chalcogenide glasses from known acousto-optical parameters. We found that the magnitude of gB for these two glasses is greater than 20 times that of fused silica.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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