Abstract

We experimentally study a new kind of parametric noise that is initiated from signal scattering and enhanced through optical parametric amplification. Such scattering-initiated parametric noise behaves similarly to parametric super-fluorescence in the spatial domain, yet is typically much stronger. In the time domain it inherits the chirp of signal pulses and can be well compressed. We demonstrate that scattering-initiated parametric noise has little influence on the pulse contrast but can degrade the energy conversion efficiency substantially.

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