A series of experiments aimed at determining the maximum pulse energy that can be produced by a femtosecond fiber laser is reported. Exploiting modes of pulse propagation that avoid wave breaking in a Yb fiber laser allows pulse energies up to 14 nJ to be achieved. The pulses can be dechirped to sub-100-fs duration to produce peak powers that reach 100 kW. The limitations to the maximum pulse energy are discussed.
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J. R. Buckley, F. W. Wise, F. Ö. Ilday, and T. Sosnowski, "Femtosecond fiber lasers with pulse energies above 10 nJ," Opt. Lett. 30, 1888-1890 (2005)