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High power mid-IR laser, with fixed wavelength and narrowband / broadband output

Aries-2

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The Aries-2 series is a family of high power mid-IR lasers, with fixed wavelength, and an average output power of up to 1 W. The Aries-2 laser has an extremely robust and stable resonator structure providing users with superb linewidth control and wavelength stability, especially as environmental conditions vary. With a wide selection of quantum cascade laser chips available, Aries-2 can be factory-configured to suit different application needs.

Aries-2 high power mid-IR laser systems include a SideKick™ laser controller, which gives you flexible, precise control of laser output power, temperature, and pulse parameters.

Features & Benefits

  • Optical power up to 2 W
  • Wavelength availability: 3-13 µm
  • CW* or pulsed output
  • Linewidths of < 1 cm-1 (pulsed, FWHM) or < 100 MHz (CW, tuned to SLM) Output power* to > 1 W (peak) or > 0.5 W (average)
  • Superior TEM00 beam quality and low beam pointing allows fibre coupling
  • Superb wavelength stability: ≤ 0.5 cm-1/hr within operating temperature range
  • High power stability: < 2% rms (1 hr)
  • Current (amplitude) modulation up to 1 MHz
  • SideKick™ controller, GUI, and SDK included with all systems
  • Proprietary HFQD™ circuitry protects your chips
* Requires suitable chip(s)

 

Applications

  • Imaging
  • Illumination
  • LIDAR and DIAL systems
  • Standoff detection
  • Environmental monitoring
  • TIC, VOC, GHG, and leak detection
  • IRCM research
  • Materials characterisation
  • Optical fibre testing
  • OPA/OPO seeding
  • Detector calibration
Operation Mode Pulsed or CW
Centre Wavelength Availability 4-11 μm*
Spatial Mode TEM00 (nominal)
Beam Divergence < 4 mrad**
(full angle, 1/e² intensity width)
Beam Diameter < 5 mm²
(1/e² intensity width)
Ellipticity < 1.5
Pulse Repetition Frequency CW to 1 MHz
Rise/Fall Time (10-90%) < 100 ns
QCL Compliance Voltage < 17 VDC
QCL Operating Current < 3 A
Operating Range (Case Temp) 15 – 55 °C
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14 x 7 x 8.6 cm
Performance Examples
Centre Wavelength Optical Power
4.0 μm 1.0 W
4.6 μm 2.0 W
8.7 μm 1.0 W
10.5 μm 0.3 W
* Call for specific wavelength availability.
** Measured at 4 μm; scales with wavelength – please enquire.
Forced air and liquid cooling accessories required for higher duty cycles.
Water cooling required for CW operation or pulsed duty cycles > 5%.
Aries-2 Datasheet
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