Suppression of Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Optical Fiber Using Boolean Chaos

  • Diana A. Arroyo-Almanza
  • Aaron M. Hagerstrom
  • Thomas E. Murphy
  • Rajarshi RoyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) limits the power that may be transmitted through an optical fiber because the pump is depleted as energy is transferred into the backward traveling Stokes wave. SBS occurs when the power in the pump wave exceeds a threshold power. The SBS threshold can be easily exceeded in practical contexts (e.g. 4 mW in a typical telecommunication fiber, 25 km in length). The SBS threshold can be increased by increasing the optical bandwidth of the pump wave. In this work, we propose and demonstrate a novel scheme for suppressing stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fiber. We show that Boolean chaotic phase modulation, which is easily generated with a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), can raise the SBS threshold by \({>}12\) dBm.



Diana A. Arroyo-Almanza gratefully acknowledges postdoctoral fellowship support from the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT) Mexico. We would also like to thank to the Office of Naval Research for support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana A. Arroyo-Almanza
    • 1
  • Aaron M. Hagerstrom
    • 2
  • Thomas E. Murphy
    • 3
  • Rajarshi Roy
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversidad Latina de MexicoCelaya, GuanajuatoMexico
  2. 2.Communications Technology Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology BoulderBoulderUSA
  3. 3.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringInstitute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Physical Science and Technology, Department of Physics and Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied PhysicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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