High-power PLD QuickSwitch
Laser Components announced QuickSwitch—a hybrid 905-nm high-power pulsed laser diode (PLD) that generates what the company claims to be the world’s shortest pulse width of 2.5 ns typical at a pulse frequency of up to 200 kHz. The device can be equipped with various storage capacitors and achieves an optical peak power up to 89 W. The pulse width of the optical output is not based on the width of the trigger input pulse, reportedly making the device easy to use.
The PLD, high current switch, and charge storage capacitor are enclosed in a compact TO56 housing. The high current loop is fully integrated into the housing, which is also equipped with an additional ground pin independent from both the signal and supply returns. This results in a Faraday cage that effectively protects the QuickSwitch and its surroundings from electromagnetic interference.
Laser sources with short pulses and high pulse frequencies allow for higher resolutions in laser-based distance measurement (LiDAR) and scanners for security and aerospace appliances. The company says that QuickSwitch PLD is a compact and cost-efficient solution for those industries.