Abstract

We report the demonstration of ultrashort pulse generation by multiple stimulated Brillouin scattering in a phase-conjugate laser resonator with a Nd:YAG gain medium. We show that a backward-traveling acoustic wave, in addition to the usual forward-traveling acoustic wave, plays an important role in the temporal and the spectral dynamics of the interaction. A simplified steady-state small-signal gain theory is presented that identifies the conditions for phase locking.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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