Laser and Particle Beams

Invited Review Article

Trends in stimulated Brillouin scattering and optical phase conjugation

M. Ostermeyera1 c1, H.J. Konga2, V.I. Kovaleva3a4, R.G. Harrisona3, A.A. Fotiadia5a6, P. Mégreta5, M. Kalala7, O. Slezaka7, J.W. Yoona2, J.S. Shina2, D.H. Beaka2, S.K. Leea8, Z. Lüa9, S. Wanga9, D. Lina9, J.C. Knighta10, N.E. Kotovaa4, A. Sträßera1, A. Scheikh-Obeida1, T. Riesbecka11, S. Meistera11, H.J. Eichlera11, Y. Wanga9, W. Hea9, H. Yoshidaa12, H. Fujitaa12, M. Nakatsukaa12, T. Hataea13, H. Parka14, C. Lima14, T. Omatsua15a16, K. Nawataa15, N. Shibaa15, O.L. Antipova17, M.S. Kuznetsova17 and N.G. Zakharova17

a1 University of Potsdam, Institute of Physics, Nonlinear Optics and Experimental Quantum Information Processing, Potsdam, Germany

a2 Department of Physics, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea

a3 Department of Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

a4 P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

a5 Service d'Electromagnétisme et de Télécommunications, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Mons, Belgium

a6 Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia

a7 Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

a8 Advanced Photonics Research Institute, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, Korea

a9 Institute of Opto-Electronics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

a10 Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom

a11 Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Optik und Atomare Physik, Berlin, Germany

a12 Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

a13 Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka-shi, Ibaraki, Japan

a14 Quantum Optics Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Yuseong, Daejeon, Korea

a15 Department of Information and Image Sciences, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

a16 PREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Saitama, Japan

a17 Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Science, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia


An overview on current trends in stimulated Brillouin scattering and optical phase conjugation is given. This report is based on the results of the “Second International Workshop on stimulated Brillouin scattering and phase conjugation” held in Potsdam/Germany in September 2007. The properties of stimulated Brillouin scattering are presented for the compensation of phase distortions in combination with novel laser technology like ceramics materials but also for e.g., phase stabilization, beam combination, and slow light. Photorefractive nonlinear mirrors and resonant refractive index gratings are addressed as phase conjugating mirrors in addition.

(Received January 09 2008)

(Accepted April 01 2008)


  • Beam combination;
  • Laser amplification;
  • Laser oscillators;
  • Optical fibers;
  • Phase conjugate mirror;
  • Phase control;
  • Pulse compression;
  • Slow light;
  • Stimulated Brillouin scattering


c1 Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Martin Ostermeyer, University of Potsdam, Institute of Physics, Nonlinear Optics and Experimental Quantum Information Processing, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany. E-mail: