Laser Diode Tools and Accessories
Thorlabs offers a variety of photodiode sockets compatible with a range of photodiodes in a TO can package. The STO46S, STO5S, and STO8S have a solder tail design, which can be permanently soldered into your system. We recommend the socket be soldered prior to installing the photodiode, as heat can damage photodiodes. The STO46P, STO5P, and STO8P feature a pass through receptacle that is designed for diodes with longer leads. These sockets are open at the end and allow leads to pass directly through the socket. This eliminates the need to cut the diode leads, which could damage the device. These pass through sockets can also be soldered into your system, which we recommend prior to installing the photodiode.
Thorlabs' photodiode sockets are compatible with our Unmounted Photodiodes, Pigtailed Photodiodes, Calibrated Photodiodes, and Photoconductors. They are not recommended for use with bandwidths greater than 1 GHz.
Thorlabs offers a range of laser diode sockets that provide compatibility with our wide selection of Ø5.6 mm to Ø9 mm laser diode packages. These sockets have gold-plated BeCu contacts and meet RoHS compliance. THe S8058, S8060, and S8060-4 sockets have a polarization dot on the top of the package (see drawings below for more information). Colors vary by lot and may be white, off white, black, or tan.
The SR9 Series of strain relief and ESD protection products offer a convenient and safe means of connecting your Ø5.6 mm or Ø9 mm laser diode to our line of Laser Diode Controllers. Each model comes with a laser socket mounted to a small Printed Circuit Board. The PCB contains a Schottky diode to clamp any reverse voltages that might appear across the laser diode, as well as a Zener diode to shunt any excessive voltages or ESD away from the diode.
Each model corresponds to one or more of the standard Pin Styles for laser diodes (see the diagram below) and is compatible with our LT Series Collimation Tubes. SR9 models are designed for laser diodes with forward voltages of 3.3 V, while SR9H models are designed for laser diodes with a maximum forward voltage of 7.5 V. Each strain relief is available with or without a DB9 connector. All -DB9 models are pin compatible with our Laser Diode Controllers.
Supported Pin Codes:
The WR1 is a hand-held device designed to remove the cans from standard laser packages. Many applications, such as fiber pigtailing, can be optimized by having closer access to the laser chip.
Operation is as simple as placing a diode onto the two rollers at the front of the device, lightly applying pressure with the rubber covered grips, and turning the blade actuator (as shown in the image to the right). The precision ground, hardened steel blade will easily cut through the wall of the diode can, safely removing it.
The WR1 is also compatible with any photodiodes and LEDs packaged in one of the TO can sizes listed in the bullet above.