Phase and/or intensity modulation techniques to broaden the Linewidth of an optical source are well known methods to suppress stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in optical fibers. A common technique used to achieve significant bandwidth enhancement in a simple fashion is to phase modulate with a filtered noise source. We will demonstrate here that, in this case the stochastic nature of noise requires an inclusion of length dependent corrections to the SBS threshold enhancement. This effect becomes particularly significant for short fiber lengths common to most high power fiber amplifiers.
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