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Putting Stimulated Brillouin Scattering to work: tailored optical-phononic interactions for on-chip signal processing.

Funding: 2013: $150,000
2014: $130,000
2015: $120,000

Project Member(s): Poulton, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian National Fabrication Facility Ltd
Intersect Australia Ltd
National Computational Infrastructure National Facility (National Computational Infrastructure)
Macquarie University
University of Sydney (The University of Sydney)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2013

Summary: Stimulated Brillouin scattering, whereby light interacts coherently with material vibrations, is one of the strongest nonlinear effects in modern photonics. However, until recently it was not possible to generate these effects within the chip-scale circuits that are central to the future of photonic technologies. Our 2011 demonstration in a new glass platform has changed this. This project now combines theory and experiment to determine the physics of complex acoustic structures such as phononic gratings and resonators, and to harness the Brillouin interaction in optical chips. We will design, fabricate and test these new structures, and build breakthrough components for nanophotonics and all-optical processing in the microwave domain.

Publications:

Mirnaziry, SR, Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2017, 'Stimulated Brillouin scattering in integrated ring resonators', Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 937-949.
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Mirnaziry, SR, Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Morrison, B, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2017, 'Lasing in ring resonators by stimulated Brillouin scattering in the presence of nonlinear loss', OPTICS EXPRESS, vol. 25, no. 20, pp. 23619-23633.
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Mirnaziry, SR, Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2016, 'Stimulated Brillouin scattering in silicon/chalcogenide slot waveguides', Optics Express, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 4786-4800.
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Smith, MJA, Wolff, C, De Sterke, CM, Lapine, M, Kuhlmey, BT & Poulton, CG 2016, 'Stimulated Brillouin scattering enhancement in silicon inverse opal waveguides', Optics Express, vol. 24, no. 22, pp. 25148-25148.
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Wolff, C, Van Laer, R, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2016, 'Brillouin resonance broadening due to structural variations in nanoscale waveguides', NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, vol. 18.
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Smith, MJ, de Sterke, CM, Kuhlmey, B, Wolff, C, Lapine, M & Poulton, C 2016, 'Elastic modelling of electrostriction in dielectric composite materials', Photonics and Fiber Technology 2016 (ACOFT, BGPP, NP), Photonics and Fiber Technology 2016 (ACOFT, BGPP, NP), OSA, Sydney, Australia.
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Wolff, C, Gutsche, P, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, C 2015, 'Power limits and a figure of merit for stimulated Brillouin scattering in the presence of third and fifth order loss', Optics Express, vol. 23, no. 20, pp. 26628-26638.
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Wolff, C, Gutsche, P, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2015, 'Impact of nonlinear loss on stimulated Brillouin scattering', Journal of the Optical Society of America B, vol. 32, pp. 1968-1978.
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Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2015, 'Acoustic build-up in on-chip stimulated Brillouin scattering', Scientific Reports, vol. 5.
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Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2015, 'Stimulated Brillouin scattering in integrated photonic waveguides: Forces, scattering mechanisms, and coupled-mode analysis', Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, vol. 92, no. 1.
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Wolff, C, Gutsche, P, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2015, 'Performance limits of stimulated brillouin scattering due to nonlinear loss', Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications 2015, Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), Sydney, pp. 194-194.

Wolff, C, Kuhlmey, B, de Sterke, CM, Smith, MJ, Lapine, M & Poulton, CG 2015, 'Artificial electrostriction in metamaterials', Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications 2015, Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), Sydney, pp. 20-20.

Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2015, 'Geometry-induced inhomogeneous broadening of the stimulated Brillouin resonance and its relation to radiation pressure', 2015 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Europe, Munich.

Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2015, 'Impact of nonlinear loss on Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in silicon waveguides', 36th Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Prague.

Aryanfar, I, Wolff, C, Steel, MJ, Eggleton, BJ & Poulton, CG 2014, 'Mode conversion using stimulated Brillouin scattering in nanophotonic silicon waveguides', OPTICS EXPRESS, vol. 22, no. 23, pp. 29270-29282.
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Wolff, C, Soref, R, Poulton, CG & Eggleton, BJ 2014, 'Germanium as a material for stimulated Brillouin scattering in the mid-infrared', OPTICS EXPRESS, vol. 22, no. 25, pp. 30735-30747.
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Wolff, C, Steel, MJ & Poulton, CG 2014, 'Formal selection rules for Brillouin scattering in integrated waveguides and structured fibers', Optics Express, vol. 22, no. 26, pp. 32489-32501.
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Poulton, CG, Aryanfar, I, Wolff, C, Casas-Bedoya, A, Steel, MJ & Eggleton, BJ 2014, 'Stimulated Brillouin Scattering, hybrid acoustic modes and nonreciprocal mode-conversion in nanophotonic waveguides', 2014 CONFERENCE ON LASERS AND ELECTRO-OPTICS (CLEO), Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), IEEE, San Jose, CA.

Keywords: Stimulated scattering processes,Photonic integration,Nonlinear optics,Opto-acoustic interactions,Nonlinear integrated photonics,Nanophotonic devices

FOR Codes: Photonics, Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences, Mathematical Physics