SBS in optical communication systems: The good, the bad and the ugly

Bill Corcoran, Amol Choudhary

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Stimulated Brillouin Scattering has predominantly been considered as a barrier in optical communication systems, as an unwanted source of loss and noise, and as a limit to power. There have been at various stages, however, a number of proposals to use Brillouin as a tool in communications system, harnessing the narrowband optical amplification it provides. This chapter reviews the multiple faces SBS presents to optical communications, the good, the bad and the ugly. We review: the early use of SBS as a unique too for optical signal manipulation, it's emergence as a limitation, and recent research progress that places SBS as an interesting capability to enhance modern coherent communications technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSemiconductors and Semimetals
EditorsBenjamin J. Eggleton, Michael J. Steel, Christopher G. Poulton
Place of PublicationCambridge MA USA
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780323989336
ISBN (Print)9780323989312
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameSemiconductors and Semimetals
PublisherAcademic Press
ISSN (Print)0080-8784


  • Coherent optical communications
  • Lasers
  • Nonlinear fiber optics
  • Optical carrier recovery
  • Optical communications
  • Optical filtering
  • Optical routing
  • Self-homodyne receiver
  • Stimulated Brillouin scattering

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