HPLDD-60A-24V Laser Diode Driver
The single channel 5-60 A, 3-24, V 5 kHz high-power laser diode driver. High current laser diode driver dedicated for 20 W, 40 W, 60 W, and other similar power laser diodes. Independent supply inputs help to get rid of noise in the logic level part of the driver while laser diode line can be powered from high current power supply unit matched properly to the compliance voltage of the laser diode.
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Manufacturer: Opt Lasers
About the HPLDD-60A-24V Laser Diode Driver
This high-power laser diode driver is designed to operate high-power NIR laser diodes, including devices in series or stacked. It has a modulation bandwidth of 5 kHz. (Note that there is also a version with 20 kHz modulation bandwidth.) It can be used to operate 20, 40 or 60 W CS-mount 808 nm, 940 nm and 980 nm as well as other similar laser diodes.
With this driver, it is possible to power one or several laser diodes in series or one diode stack, which tend to have higher operating voltages. (Refer to the formula below for calculating PSU voltage.)
A separate laser diode supply voltage input and logic input voltage minimize the switch-on resistance of a power MOSFET. The inner layer of the heat sink is made of copper to better facilitate the transfer of heat. The outer body of a heat sink, machined from aluminum, is isolated from all signals on the driver including the ground. This allows mounting the driver directly to a metal heat sink if additional cooling is required.
The modulation input can be used as a TTL input with logic levels of 0 V and 5 V or as an analog input. The analog modulation is linear over the range of 0 – 5 V. For example, if 2.5 V is applied to the analog input, the output current is 50% of the maximum current; 4 V results in 80% of maximum current, etc. Analog input allows for modulation of the current through the diode at a frequency up to 20 kHz. There are two potentiometers on the unit that can be used to set values of the maximum laser diode and DC bias (offset) current.
Included with the laser controller are connectors that can be used for the power supply and control inputs. M5 cap screws are also provided for attaching the driver to a mounting surface such as a heat sink. We can also supply an appropriate power supply unit. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
This product contains is a current monitor output connection for measuring the current through the laser diode while it is operated. The output has a transfer function of 10 mV/1 A.
Recommendations and Requirements
The allowable supply voltage range depends on the number of laser diodes used in series, but it should be no higher than 3 V more than required by the laser diodes. For one laser diode having an operating voltage of approximately 2 V, the maximum PSU voltage should not exceed 5 V. For two diodes which operating voltage is around 4 V, maximum diode input is 7 V and so on. Therefore, the maximum input voltage is given by the formula:
VCC DIODE MAX = (Number of diodes in series) X (Each diode’s operating voltage) + 3 V
Always power the logic with 12 V before powering up the diode line. Because GND of the diode line and GND of the logic input are connected in the driver, always remember to connect GND of the diode line directly to the GND of a PSU.
Always use a high-quality power supply unit with low ripple voltage. It is suggested to add a large capacitor between the PSU is recommended, but it depends on PSU, wires cross-section and their length. The capacitor used for our tests was 10,000 uF / 25 V.
It is necessary to be careful when assembling not to cause a short circuit between the +VCC of the power supply and –GND of the logic input or monitor input. Doing so can cause the ground logic paths to be irreparably damaged.
Due to the high current through its components, we minimized the voltage drop of the driver and did not add reverse polarity protection. If this is a concern to customers, a protection device mounted close to the laser diode can be used.
The driver should not be tested with resistive load. To test the driver properly one should use Zener diode or similar device. Please remember about maximum power dissipation.
The driver's body is isolated from all signals of the laser diode controller and can be mounted directly to metal heat sinks or other metal parts.
The analog input is protected by a 5V1 Zener diode on occasion there appears the voltage higher than 5 V. In spite of this, the input should not be used with higher voltages.