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Theses, Ph.D


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Successfully submitted for the Award of Doctor of Philosophy to the Technological University Dublin, August, 2010.


In today's information age demand for ultra-fast information transfer with ultra-high bandwidths has reached extraordinary levels. Hence, the transmission in the future internet-backbone will be increasingly constrained in the network nodes. At the same time, the power consumption of the network systems will increase to unsustainable levels.

Nowadays, optical signal processing and switching can be implemented relatively easily. However, the realization of optical bu ers and short-term memories is still an unsolved challenge. The slow- and fast-light e ect has been investigated as one solution for the optical bu ering over the last few years. It means the slowing down and acceleration of the group velocity of light pulses in a medium. To realize this, many di erent methods and material systems have been developed but due to its signi cant advantages the nonlinear e ect of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) is particularly promising. However, it also su ers from disadvantages which limit the slow- and fast-light performance.