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Metamaterial control of stimulated Brillouin scattering

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Using full opto-acoustic numerical simulations, we demonstrate enhancement and suppression of the SBS gain in a metamaterial comprising a subwavelength cubic array of dielectric spheres suspended in a dielectric background material. We develop a general theoretical framework and present several numerical examples using technologically important materials. For As2S3 spheres in silicon, we achieve a gain enhancement of more than an order of magnitude compared to pure silicon and for GaAs spheres in silicon, full suppression is obtained. The gain for As2S3 glass can also be strongly suppressed by embedding silica spheres. The constituent terms of the gain coefficient are shown to depend in a complex way on the filling fraction. We find that electrostriction is the dominant effect behind the control of SBS in bulk media.

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