Abstract

Stimulated Brillouin scattering, the efficient scattering of light from parametrically amplified therma acoustic waves, has found many valuable uses since its initial observation and identification. Among these uses are included the measurement of hypersonic velocities and absorption in the gigaherz frequency range, laser frequency shifting, laser Q switching and others. A description of the process, as well as its applications is presented.

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