Abstract

We investigate theoretically the delay performance of Brillouin slow light employing a broadband pump with a rectangular spectrum. Analytical expression of delayed Gaussian pulse amplitude is deduced with the second-order gain nonuniformity and the stimulated-Brillouin scattering-induced third-order dispersion effects involved. Calculated results show that the Gaussian pulse with full-width at half maximum of 200ps is delayed by 80ps with little pulse broadening in a single-stage Brillouin slow-light medium, and the time delay is extended to multi-hundred ps with low distortion in a cascaded Brillouin slow-light system. Comparing the analytical results with the numerical ones, we confirm that the pulse distortion is mainly attributed to the large third-order dispersion introduced by stimulated-Brillouin scattering.

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