Abstract

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 14nJ to be achieved. The pulses can be dechirped to sub-100-fs duration to produce peak powers that reach 100kW. The limitations to the maximum pulse energy are discussed.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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