Laser Diode

Laser Diode

Z-Optics provides a full line of laser diodes from 405nm to 1625nm. All the products are qualified and operate reliably. Most products are on the shelf for quick delivery. Products listed in the table are not always updated on time. So just please tell us the wavelength, power, and package if not listed here, we will check our stock for you.

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Product Catalogue


Wavelength Part No. Power (mW) Op. Cur.(mA) Op. Volt.(V) Div.(Deg.) Package
405nm LD405-100-1 100 100 4.6 19.5×9 TO18
405nm LD405-200-1 200 230 4.1 42×16 TO18
445nm LD445-1400-4 1400 1200 3.7 44×14 TO9
450nm LD450-80-3 80 160 7 22×7 TO38
450nm LD450-1400-1 1400 1200 6 25×15 TO18
450nm LD450-1600-1 1600 1200 4.8 23×7 TO18
473nm LD473-1000-4 1000 900 4.0 48×12 TO9
520nm LD520-30-3 30 120 6.7 22×7 TO38
520nm LD520-50-3 50 150 7 22×7 TO38
520nm LD520-120-1 120 340 6 23×7 TO18
635nm LD635-5-1 5 35 2.2 34×7.5 TO18
635nm LD635-10-1 12 45 2.2 33×8 TO18
635nm LD635-20-1 20 70 2.3 35×7.5 TO18
635nm LD635-20-2 20 70 2.3 28×7 TO5
635nm LD635-35-1 35 95 2.3 33×8.5 TO18
650nm LD650-5-1 5 20 2.2 35×7.5 TO18
650nm LD650-10-1 11 30 2.2 30×8 TO18
650nm LD650-200-1 200 200 2.5 17×10 TO18
655nm LD655-30-1 30 80 2.4 23×7 TO18
658nm LD658-100-1 110 155 2.5 19×9 TO18
658nm LD658-200-1 200 300 2.5 17×10 TO18
660nm LD660-40-1 40 117 2.5 22×8.5 TO18
785nm LD785-100-1 100 115 2 17×9 TO18
808nm LD808-200-1 200 205 1.9 35×8 TO18
808nm LD808-500-0,2 500 650 1.6-2.2 40×12 C-mount, TO5
808nm LD808-1000-0,2 1000 1300 1.6-2.2 40×12 C-mount,TO3,TO5
808nm LD808-2000-0 2000 2600 1.6-2.2 40×12 C-mount, TO3
808nm LD808-3000-0 3W 3.5A 2.2 12×12 C-mount, TO3
830nm LD830-100-1 100 115 2.1 17×10 TO18
850nm LD850-5-1 5 20 1.9 32×11 TO18
850nm LD850-100-1 100 127 2.4 18×10 TO18
880nm LD880-10-1 10 29 2.2 45×15 TO18
980nm LD980-50-1 50 120 2 40×10 TO18
980nm LD980-100-1 100 160 1.6 35×12 TO18
980nm LD980-300-2 300 500 2.2 36×8 TO5
1450nm LD1450-600-0 600 2800 1.3 45×11 C-mount
1625nm LD1625-5-1 5 50 2.0 40×20 TO18

Handling Instructions

Suitable handling precautions during device measurement and system design must be taken as described below for
high performance of a device with high reliability.

1. The Absolute Maximum Ratings
Be careful never to exceed, even momentarily, the absolute maximum ratings specified in the data sheets herein.
Pay particular attention to the following points.
(1) It is possible for diodes to be damaged by spike current, generated when switching the power ON or OFF or when
adjusting its output voltage. Before activating diodes, check the transient state of the power supply to assure that it
does not exceed the maximum voltage rating.
(2) Operate the diodes below the maximum optical output power rating in order to prevent mirror facet damage and
the resultant loss in reliability.
(3) Maximum Ratings are defined at 25 deg C case temperature.
(4) DO NOT apply higher reverse voltage than Maximum Rating.

2. Surge Energy
Electrostatic discharge and electric spike input which may damage the diodes should be prevented. The main
causes of undesirable surge energy are static electricity on the human body, shipping containers made of unsuitable
materials, abnormal pulses generated from test equipment, and voltage leakage from soldering irons.
Precautions below should be taken when using diodes.
(1) The human body should be grounded through a high resistance of 500 kto 1 Mwhile handling diodes in order to prevent diode destruction due to static electricity contained in the body and clothes.
(2) Soldering irons should be grounded to prevent voltage leakage from transferring to the diodes.
(3) Suitable materials should be chosen for shipping containers and jigs so that they will not become charged with static
electricity by rubbing during the transportation. Use of electro-conductive materials or aluminum foil is effective.

3. Storage
(1) Store diodes in temperature of between 5 and 30°C and relative humidity of below 40%. Lower values of both are
preferable. Avoid sharp drops in temperature in order to prevent condensation. It is recommended to store diodes in
an atmosphere of dry nitrogen with a dew point of –40°C.
(2) Assure that the storage atmosphere is void of dust and gases harmful to diodes.
(3) Use a storage case which can not easily be charged with static electricity.

4. Safety Considerations
Even though barely visible to the human eye, laser beams can be harmful to the eye. Do not look at the beam
through lenses when the diode is activated. When aligning the optical axis of a laser beam and an external optical
system, use an ITV camera (e.g. a silicon-vidicon type) which can detect infrared rays to observe the laser beam.

5. LD-package Handling
(1) Take care not to touch the window glass directly. Contamination and scratches on the window surface will result in
decreased optical power output and distorted far-field patterns. Contamination can usually be wiped off using a cotton
swab with ethanol.
(2) Do not squeeze the cap tightly, as it will cause the window glass to crack and package hermeticity to deteriorate.
(3) Do not bend the bottom of the lead wire, as it will cause the glass area to crack and the hermeticity to deteriorate.
(4) Do not cut or process packages.
(5) Mounting a diode on a thermal radiator

a. Use a copper or aluminum plate for the thermal radiator. The plate should be larger than 30 × 40 × 2 mm3.
b. To provide good thermal conductivity, polish the thermal radiator surface so it will lie flat with the diode heat sink.
Finish the radiator surface to keep bumps, twists, or bends below 0.05 mm.
c. Do not solder packages to thermal radiators, as this may result in excessive temperature to the assemblies inside
the packages or loss of package hermeticity.
d. When mounting the diodes, do not touch or hit them against the caps, to prevent the window glass from becoming
contaminated or cracked.
e. Do not use silicone grease, as it may contaminate the window glass

(4) Soldering

a. Soldering point must be away by 1.0mm or more from the bottom of lead wires.
b. Do not allow the scattered flux to adhere to a glass window or a lens.
c. Soldering should be done in 10 seconds and at below 260

6. Advice for Beginners
(1) Avoiding surge energy
Laser diodes are easily destroyed by static electricity. To prevent electrostatic discharge, pay attention to the
following precautions as well as table 1 when handling diodes and designing application circuits.

a. Set the electric potential of the workbench to the same as that of the power supply ground line.
b. Ground the operator’s body by wearing a wrist band as shown in figure 1, and connect it to the same potential as the power supply ground line.
c. Do not operate equipment which may generate high-frequency surge energy near diodes. The lead wires of drive circuits pick up surge electricity which may destroy diodes in the induced electric field.

Figure 1 Ground

(2) Operating laser diodes

a. Mount a diode on a thermal radiator. The radiator size depends on operating time and output power. When there is no condition set, use a relatively large radiator (50 × 50 × 2 mm3) of copper or aluminum.
b. The drive circuits preferred are ones with APC (automatic power control) function. However, a simple constant the current source is recommended when merely testing performance because adjustment miscalculation can result when circuits are too complex, leading to the destruction of the diodes.
c. Before connecting a laser diode to the power supply in the ON-state as shown in figure 2, set the output level to
the minimum. Also, before disconnecting a laser diode from the power supply, set the output voltage to the
minimum. After disconnecting, turn off the main switch.

Figure 2 Simple Drive Circuit (Example)

(3) LD drive circuit

The optical output power from an LD is affected easily by the fluctuations in ambient temperature. An APC
(automatic power control) function is generally recommended for a drive circuit to achieve stable operation.
A function which monitors the beam and feeds it back to the drive current is useful to achieve constant optical output power against temperature change

Table 1 Ways to Prevent Surge Destruction of LDs (Examples)

Item Check Points Specification Examples
Human body Ground operator’s body. Place a non-metallic, carbon band with a resistance of 500K Ω to 1M Ω on his wrist.
  Commonly ground the measuring and inspecting equipment and the work bench. Should be carried out in shielded rooms as well.
  Control the ground level. Under 10 Ω
Power supply Distribute power from main power supply through noise filter to each measuring and testing unit.  
  Insert noise filter in each power supply unit. Organize with capacitors and resistors.
  Keep the main power supply in the on-state and switch the power on and off using an external switch.  
  Set up sequence control for turning the power supply off during electric outages.  
  Eliminate relay chattering.  
  To prevent chattering, avoid turning the APC circuit or relay switch on and off as much as possible.  
Working conditions Temporarily stop work when the power supply for lights or other equipment connected to the same power line is turned on or off.  
  Conduct diode packing and measuring while performing ion blowing or in a weak minus ion atmosphere.  
  Select the right soldering iron. Battery operated soldering iron.
Jigs and other considerations Make carrier jigs and packing cases conductive. Particularly the cases.
  Place conductive mats on the working floor. Under 300 Ω
  Control room temperature and humidity. Humidity should be 50 ± 10%.
  Make short circuits between diode leads.  
  Do not use sticky volume knobs. Periodically replace with new ones.
  Eliminate ripples from power supply. Battery operated power supply