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InGaAs Transimpedance Amplified Photodetectors

MIR Photodetector Selection Guidea
Item # (Detector)Wavelength
Range
Maximum
Bandwidth
Thermoelectric
Cooler
PDA10DT (InGaAs)0.9 - 2.57 µm1,000 kHzYes
PDA30G (PbS)1.0 - 2.9 µm1 kHzNo
PDA10PT (InAsSb)1.0 - 5.8 µm1,600 kHzYes
PDA10D (InGaAs)1.2 - 2.6 µm15,000 kHzNo
PDA20H (PbSe)1.5 - 4.8 µm10 kHzNo
PDA10JT (HgCdTe)2.0 - 5.4 µm160 kHzYes
  • See the Cross Reference tab for our full selection of photodetectors.

Features

  • Wavelength Ranges from 700 to 2600 nm
  • Low-Noise, Wide Band Amplifiers
  • Fixed and Switchable Gain Modules
  • PDF Series for Femtowatt Powers
  • 0 to 10 V Output
  • Compatible with SM1 (1.035"-40) Series and Some SM05 (0.535"-40) Series Products
  • Linear Power Supply Included

These InGaAs Transimpedance Amplified Photodetectors, which consist of a photodiode and amplifier in a compact, low-profile package, are sensitive to light in the NIR region from 700 nm to 2600 nm. The slim profile housing enables use in light paths with space constraints. All connections and controls are located perpendicular to the light path, providing increased accessibility. Amplification is provided by low noise transimpedance or voltage amplifiers that are capable of driving 50 Ω loads. Signal output is via a BNC connector. Thorlabs offers a wide variety of BNC, BNC-to-SMA, and SMC cables, as well as a variety of BNC, SMA, and SMC adapters.

Each housing provides two 8-32 tapped mounting holes (M4 for - EC) centered on the detector surface for vertical or horizontal post mounting. The housings also feature external SM1 threading and internal SM05 threading that are compatible with most Thorlabs SM1 (1.035"-40)- and SM05 (0.535"-40)-threaded accessories. Additionally, an internally threaded SM1 coupler is included with each detector. This allows convenient mounting of SM1 compatible accessories, optics, and cage assembly accessories. The internal SM05 threading is only suitable for mating to an externally threaded SM05 lens tube (components such as fiber adapters cannot be threaded onto the SM05 threading). SM1-threaded fiber adapters may be used with any of these detectors. Externally SM1-threaded adapters should be mated to the included internally SM1-threaded adapter, while internally SM1-threaded adapters can be mated directly to the housing. A 120 VAC AC/DC linear power supply is included (230 VAC for - EC versions).

Due to limitations in the IC, the high-speed amplifier used in these devices may become unstable, exhibiting oscillations or negative output if the linear power supply voltage is applied when the module is on. The unit should always be powered up using the power switch on the power supply or the unit itself. Hot plugging the unit is not recommended. Additionally, inhomogeneities at the edges of the active area of the detector can generate unwanted capacitance and resistance effects that distort the time-domain response of the photodetector output. Thorlabs therefore recommends that the incident light on the photodetector is well centered on the active area. The SM1 (1.035"-40) threading on the housing is ideally suited for mounting a Ø1" focusing lens or pinhole in front of the detector element.

Performance Specifications

SensorItem #Active
Area
WavelengthPeak
Response
BandwidthNEP Rangea
(W/Hz½)
Rise Timeb
InGaAs
(NIR-IR)
PDA20C2.0 mm2
(Ø2.0 mm)
800 - 1700 nm1 A/W
@ 1550 nm
DC - 5 MHz22 x 10-1270 ns
PDA10CF0.2 mm2
(Ø0.5 mm)
700 - 1800 nm0.95 A/W
@ 1550 nm
DC - 150 MHz1.2 x 10-112.3 ns
PDA10CS0.8 mm2
(Ø1.0 mm)
700 - 1800 nm0.95 A/W
@ 1550 nm
DC - 17 MHz2.0 x 10-12 -
6.0 x 10-11
20.6 ns
PDF10C0.2 mm2
(Ø0.5 mm)
800 - 1700 nm1.0 A/W
@ 1550 nm
DC - 25 Hz7.5 x 10-1519 ms
PDA20CS3.14 mm2
(Ø2.0 mm)
800 - 1800 nm0.95 A/W
@ 1550 nm
DC - 10 MHz5.89 x 10-12 -
5.12 x 10-11
35 ns
PDA10D0.8 mm2
(Ø1.0 mm)
1.2 - 2.6 µm1.1 A/W
@ 2.3 µm
DC - 15 MHz3.5 x 10-1123.3 ns

a A NEP range is given for the switch gain detectors, a max NEP is given for the fixed gain detectors.
b Please note that rise times depend on the chosen gain level. As one increases the gain of a given optical amplifier, the bandwidth is reduced, and hence, the rise time increases.
c This detector has an AC coupled amplifer.

Gain Specifications 

Fixed Gain
Photodetector
Gain TypeGain w/ Hi-Z LoadGain w/ 50 Ω LoadOutput Voltage
w/ Hi-Z Load
Output Voltage
w/ 50 Ω Load
PDA20CFixed500 kV/A175 kV/A0 - 10 V0 - 3.6 V
PDA10CFFixed10 kV/A5 kV/A0 - 10 V0 - 5 V
PDA10DFixed10 kV/A5 kV/A0 - 10 V0 - 5 V
 
Switchable Gain
Photodetector
Gain Step
(dB)
Gain w/ Hi-Z LoadGain w/ 50 Ω LoadOutput Voltage
w/ Hi-Z Load
Output Voltage
w/ 50 Ω Load
PDA10CS01.5 kV/A0.75 kV/A0 - 10 V
0 - 5 V
104.75 kV/A2.38 kV/A
2015 kV/A7.5 kV/A
3047.5 kV/A23.8 kV/A
40150 kV/A75 kV/A
50475 kV/A238 kV/A
601.5 MV/A750 kV/A
704.75 MV/A2.38 MV/A

Note: Gain figures can also be expressed in units of Ω.

PDA Series Compact Design
PDA Series Design, scale in inches [mm ].

Compact PDA & PDF Series Design

Thorlabs' Amplified Photodiode series features a slim design, which allows the detector access to the light path even between closely spaced optical elements.

The power supply input and the BNC output are located on the same outer edge of the package, further reducing the device thickness and allowing easier integration into tight optic arrangements. The PDA and PDF series detectors can fit into spaces as thin as 0.83" (21.1 mm) when the SM1 coupler is removed. With the SM1 coupler attached, the smallest width the detector can fit into is 1.03" (26.2 mm).

Additionally, the detectors have two tapped mounting holes perpendicular to each other so that the unit can be mounted in a horizontal or vertical orientation. This dual mounting feature offsets the fact that the cables protrude out the side of the package, thus requiring more free space above or alongside your beam path.

The switchable gain detectors feature an eight-position rotary gain switch (pictured below right) mounted on an outside edge perpendicular to the power supply and BNC output connections. The location of the gain switch allows for easy adjustments while the detector is mounted.

PDA Detector Bottom and Side View

PDA Series Mounting Options

The PDA series of amplified photodetectors are compatible with our entire line of lens tubes, TR series posts, and cage mounting systems. Because of the wide range of mounting options, the best method for mounting the housing in a given optical setup is not always obvious. The pictures and text in this tab will discuss some of the common mounting solutions. As always, our technical support staff is available for individual consultation.

 amplified photodetector amplified photodetector disassembled amplified photodetector close up
Picture of a PDA series photodetector as it will look when unpackaged.Picture of a DET series photodetector with the included SM1T1 and its retaining ring removed from the front of the housing. Thorlabs' PDA series photodetectors feature the same mounting options.A close up picture of the front of the PDA10A photodetector. The internal SM1 threading on the SM1T1 adapter and internal SM05 threading on the photodetector housing can be seen in this image.

TR Series Post (Ø1/2" Posts) System

The PDA housing can be mounted vertically or horizontally on a TR Series Post using the 8-32 (M4) threaded holes.

 mounted amplified photodetector vertical mounted amplified photodetector horizontal
DET series photodetector mounted vertically on a TR series post. In this configuration, the output and power cables (PDA series) are oriented vertically and away from the optic table, facilitating a neater optical setup.PDA series photodetector mounted horizontally on a TR series post. In this configuration, the on/off switch is conveniently oriented on the top of the detector.

Lens Tube System

Each PDA housing includes a detachable Ø1" Optic Mount (SM1T1) that allows for Ø1" (Ø25.4 mm) optical components, such as optical filters and lenses, to be mounted along the axis perpendicular to the center of the photosensitive region. The maximum thickness of an optic that can be mounted in the SM1T1 is 0.1" (2.8 mm). For thicker Ø1" (Ø25.4 mm) optics or for any thickness of Ø0.5" (Ø12.7 mm) optics, remove the SM1T1 from the front of the detector and place (must be purchased separately) an SM1 or SM05 series lens tube, respectively, on the front of the detector.

The SM1 and SM05 threadings on the PDA photodetector housing make it compatible with our SM lens tube system and accessories. Two particularly useful accessories include the SM-threaded irises and the SM-compatible IR and visible alignment tools. Also available are fiber optic adapters for use with connectorized fibers.

 Lens tube mounted amplified photodetector
DET series photodetector mounted onto an SM1L30C Ø1" Slotted Lens Tube, which is housing a focusing optic. The lens tube is attached to a 30 mm cage system via a CP02 SM1-Threaded 30 mm Cage Plate. This arrangement allows easy access for optic adjustment and signal alignment.

Cage System

The simplest method for attaching the PDA photodetector housing to a cage plate is to remove the SM1T1 that is attached to the front of the PDA when it is shipped. This will expose external SM1 threading that is deep enough to thread the photodetector directly to a CP02 30 mm cage plate. When the CP02 cage plate is tightened down onto the PDA photodetector housing, the cage plate will not necessarily be square with the detector. To fix this, back off the cage plate until it is square with the photodetector and then use the retaining ring included with the SM1T1 to lock the PDA photodetector into the desired location.

This method for attaching the PDA photodetector housing to a cage plate does not allow much freedom in determining the orientation of the photodetector; however, it has the benefit of not needing an adapter piece, and it allows the diode to be as close as possible to the cage plate, which can be important in setups where the light is divergent. As a side note, Thorlabs sells the SM05PD and SM1PD series of photodiodes that can be threaded into a cage plate so that the diode is flush with the front surface of the cage plate; however, the photodiode is unbiased.

For more freedom in choosing the orientation of the PDA photodetector housing when attaching it, a SM1T2 lens tube coupler can be purchased. In this configuration the SM1T1 is left on the detector and the SM1T2 is threaded into it. The exposed external SM1 threading is now deep enough to secure the detector to a CP02 cage plate in any orientation and lock it into place using one of the two locking rings on the ST1T2.

 photodetector with cage plate

photodetector with cage plate

photodetector with cage plate and spacer

This picture shows a DET series photodetector attached to a CP02 cage plate after removing the SM1T1. The retaining ring from the SM1T1 was used to make the orientation of the detector square with the cage plate.These two pictures show a DET series photodetector in a horizontal configuration. The top picture shows the detector directely coupled to a CP02 cage plate.
The bottom picture shows a DET series photodetector attached to a CP02 cage plate using an SM1T2 adapter in addition to the SM1T1 that comes with the PDA series detector.

Although not pictured here, the PDA photodetector housing can be connected to a 16 mm cage system by purchasing an SM05T2. It can be used to connect the PDA photodetector housing to an SP02 cage plate.

Application

The image below shows a Michelson Interferometer built entirely from parts available from Thorlabs. This application demonstrates the ease with which an optical system can be constructed using our lens tube, TR series post, and cage systems. A PDA series photodetector is interchangable with the DET series photodetector shown in the picture.

 Michelson interferometer

The table below contains a part list for the Michelson Interferometer for use in the visible range. Follow the links to the pages for more information about the individual parts. 

Item #QuantityDescriptionItem #QuantityDescription
KC11Mirror MountCT111/2" Travel Translator
BB1-E022Broadband Dielectric Laser MirrorsSM1D121SM1 Threaded Lens Tube Iris
ER484" Cage RodsSM1L30C1SM1 3" Slotted Lens Tube
ER646" Cage RodsSM1V051Ø1" Adjustable Length Lens Tube
CM1-BS0131Cube-Mounted BeamsplitterCP08FP130 mm Cage Plate for FiberPorts
BA21Post Base (not shown in picture)PAF-X-5-A1FiberPort
TR21Ø1/2" Post, 2" in LengthP1-460B-FC-21Single Mode Fiber Patch Cable
PH21Ø1/2" Post HolderDET36A / PDA36A1Biased / Amplified Photodiode Detector

BNC Female Output

BNC Female

0 - 10 V Output

PDA-C-72 Power Supply

Pinout for PDA Power Connector

The following table lists the photodiodes found on this page, along with the mounted photodiodes and packaged detectors which use the same internal photodiode.

 Photodetector Cross Reference
WavelengthMaterialUnmounted PhotodiodeUnmounted PhotoconductorMounted PhotodiodeBiased DetectorAmplified Detector
150 - 550 nmGaPFGAP71-SM05PD7ADET25KPDA25K
200 - 1100 nmSiFDS010-SM05PD2A
SM05PD2B
DET10APDA10A
200 - 1100 nmSi--SM1PD2A--
320 - 1100 nmSi----PDA8A
320 - 1100 nmSi----PDF10A
340 - 1100 nmSiFDS10X10----
350 - 1100 nmSiFDS100
FDS100-CAL a
-SM05PD1A
SM05PD1B
DET36APDA36A
400 - 1100 nmSiFDS025 b
FDS02 c
--
DET02AFC
DET025AFC
DET025A
DET025AL
-
400 - 1100 nmSiFDS1010
FDS1010-CAL a
-SM1PD1A
SM1PD1B
DET100APDA100A
400 - 1700 nmSi & InGaAsDSD2----
500 - 1700 nmInGaAs--DET10N--
700 - 1800 nmInGaAsFDGA05---PDA10CF
800 - 1700 nmInGaAs----PDF10C
800 - 1800 nmInGaAsFDGA05----
800 - 1800 nmInGaAsFGA10-SM05PD4ADET10CPDA10CS
800 - 1800 nmInGaAsFGA21
FGA21-CAL a
-SM05PD5ADET20CPDA20C
PDA20CS
800 - 1800 nmGeFDG03
FDG03-CAL a
-SM05PD6ADET30BPDA30B
800 - 1800 nmGeFDG50----
800 - 1800 nmGeFDG05
FDG05-CAL a
--DET50BPDA50B
800 - 1800 nmGeFDG1010-SM1PD5A--
850 - 1700 nmInGaAs---DET08CFC
DET08C
DET08CL
-
900 - 1700 nmInGaAsFGA01 b
FGA01FC c
--DET01CFC
SIR5-FC
-
1.0 - 2.9 µmPbS-FGPS3X3--PDA30G
1.2 - 2.6 µmInGaAsFGA20--DET10DPDA10D
1.5 - 4.8 µmPbSe-FGPSE2X2--PDA20H
  • Calibrated Unmounted Photodiode
  • Unmounted TO-46 Can Photodiode
  • Unmounted TO-46 Can Photodiode with FC/PC Bulkhead
  •  

Photodiode Tutorial

Theory of Operation

A junction photodiode is an intrinsic device that behaves similarly to an ordinary signal diode, but it generates a photocurrent when light is absorbed in the depleted region of the junction semiconductor. A photodiode is a fast, highly linear device that exhibits high quantum efficiency based upon the application and may be used in a variety of different applications.

It is necessary to be able to correctly determine the level of the output current to expect and the responsivity based upon the incident light. Depicted in Figure 1 is a junction photodiode model with basic discrete components to help visualize the main characteristics and gain a better understanding of the operation of Thorlabs' photodiodes.

Equation 1
Photodiode Circuit Diagram
Figure 1: Photodiode Model

Photodiode Terminology

Responsivity
The responsivity of a photodiode can be defined as a ratio of generated photocurrent (IPD) to the incident light power (P) at a given wavelength:

Equation 2

Modes of Operation (Photoconductive vs. Photovoltaic)
A photodiode can be operated in one of two modes: photoconductive (reverse bias) or photovoltaic (zero-bias). Mode selection depends upon the application's speed requirements and the amount of tolerable dark current (leakage current).

Photoconductive
In photoconductive mode, an external reverse bias is applied, which is the basis for our DET series detectors. The current measured through the circuit indicates illumination of the device; the measured output current is linearly proportional to the input optical power. Applying a reverse bias increases the width of the depletion junction producing an increased responsivity with a decrease in junction capacitance and produces a very linear response. Operating under these conditions does tend to produce a larger dark current, but this can be limited based upon the photodiode material. (Note: Our DET detectors are reverse biased and cannot be operated under a forward bias.)

Photovoltaic
In photovoltaic mode the photodiode is zero biased. The flow of current out of the device is restricted and a voltage builds up. This mode of operation exploits the photovoltaic effect, which is the basis for solar cells. The amount of dark current is kept at a minimum when operating in photovoltaic mode.

Dark Current
Dark current is leakage current that flows when a bias voltage is applied to a photodiode. When operating in a photoconductive mode, there tends to be a higher dark current that varies directly with temperature. Dark current approximately doubles for every 10 °C increase in temperature, and shunt resistance tends to double for every 6 °C rise. Of course, applying a higher bias will decrease the junction capacitance but will increase the amount of dark current present.

The dark current present is also affected by the photodiode material and the size of the active area. Silicon devices generally produce low dark current compared to germanium devices which have high dark currents. The table below lists several photodiode materials and their relative dark currents, speeds, sensitivity, and costs.

MaterialDark CurrentSpeedSensitivityaCost
Silicon (Si)LowHigh Speed400 - 1000 nmLow
Germanium (Ge)HighLow Speed900 - 1600 nmLow
Gallium Phosphide (GaP)LowHigh Speed150 - 550 nmModerate
Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs)LowHigh Speed800 - 1800 nmModerate
Indium Arsenide Antimonide (InAsSb)HighLow Speed1000 - 5800 nmHigh
Extended Range Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs)HighHigh Speed1200 - 2600 nmHigh
Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT, HgCdTe)HighLow Speed2000 - 5400 nmHigh
  • Approximate

Junction Capacitance
Junction capacitance (Cj) is an important property of a photodiode as this can have a profound impact on the photodiode's bandwidth and response. It should be noted that larger diode areas encompass a greater junction volume with increased charge capacity. In a reverse bias application, the depletion width of the junction is increased, thus effectively reducing the junction capacitance and increasing the response speed.

Bandwidth and Response
A load resistor will react with the photodetector junction capacitance to limit the bandwidth. For best frequency response, a 50 Ω terminator should be used in conjunction with a 50 Ω coaxial cable. The bandwidth (fBW) and the rise time response (tr) can be approximated using the junction capacitance (Cj) and the load resistance (RLOAD):

Equation 3

Terminating Resistance
A load resistance is used to convert the generated photocurrent into a voltage (VOUT) for viewing on an oscilloscope:

Equation 4

Depending on the type of the photodiode, load resistance can affect the response speed. For maximum bandwidth, we recommend using a 50 Ω coaxial cable with a 50 Ω terminating resistor at the opposite end of the cable. This will minimize ringing by matching the cable with its characteristic impedance. If bandwidth is not important, you may increase the amount of voltage for a given light level by increasing RLOAD. In an unmatched termination, the length of the coaxial cable can have a profound impact on the response, so it is recommended to keep the cable as short as possible.

Shunt Resistance
Shunt resistance represents the resistance of the zero-biased photodiode junction. An ideal photodiode will have an infinite shunt resistance, but actual values may range from the order of ten Ω to thousands of MΩ and is dependent on the photodiode material. For example, and InGaAs detector has a shunt resistance on the order of 10 MΩ while a Ge detector is in the kΩ range. This can significantly impact the noise current on the photodiode. For most applications, however, the high resistance produces little effect and can be ignored.

Series Resistance
Series resistance is the resistance of the semiconductor material, and this low resistance can generally be ignored. The series resistance arises from the contacts and the wire bonds of the photodiode and is used to mainly determine the linearity of the photodiode under zero bias conditions.

Common Operating Circuits

Reverse Biased DET Circuit
Figure 2: Reverse-Biased Circuit (DET Series Detectors)

The DET series detectors are modeled with the circuit depicted above. The detector is reverse biased to produce a linear response to the applied input light. The amount ofphotocurrent generated is based upon the incident light and wavelength and can be viewed on an oscilloscope by attaching a load resistance on the output. The function of the RC filter is to filter any high frequency noise from the input supply that may contribute to a noisy output.

Reverse Biased DET Circuit
Figure 3: Amplified Detector Circuit

One can also use a photodetector with an amplifier for the purpose of achieving high gain. The user can choose whether to operate in Photovoltaic of Photoconductive modes. There are a few benefits of choosing this active circuit:

  • Photovoltaic mode: The circuit is held at zero volts across the photodiode, since point A is held at the same potential as point B by the operational amplifier. This eliminates the possibility of dark current.
  • Photoconductive mode: The photodiode is reversed biased, thus improving the bandwidth while lowering the junction capacitance. The gain of the detector is dependent on the feedback element (Rf). The bandwidth of the detector can be calculated using the following:

Equation 5

where GBP is the amplifier gain bandwidth product and CD is the sum of the junction capacitance and amplifier capacitance.

Effects of Chopping Frequency

The photoconductor signal will remain constant up to the time constant response limit. Many detectors, including PbS, PbSe, HgCdTe (MCT), and InAsSb, have a typical 1/f noise spectrum (i.e., the noise decreases as chopping frequency increases), which has a profound impact on the time constant at lower frequencies.

The detector will exhibit lower responsivity at lower chopping frequencies. Frequency response and detectivity are maximized for

Photoconductor Chopper Equation

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Poster: marcelogodin
Posted Date: 2012-09-06 09:45:57.0
Hello I recently bought a PDA36A with the intention of measuring current due to light radioluminescence. I connected a photodiode PDA36A to an electrometer and I measured a noise about 150 nA. Is this normal? PDA36A noise is higher than DET36A?
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2012-08-09 10:28:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Using the SolidWorks, the typical FOV for the different PDA is listed below. PDA100A: 53.13°, PDA36A: 70.19°, PDA10A: 122.92°, PDF10A: 127.81°, PDF8A: 150.64°.
Poster: ben.aernouts
Posted Date: 2012-07-31 17:34:45.0
Dear, Is it possible to provide me with the Field of View (FOV) of following Thorlabs Amplified Si detectors: PDA10A PDA8A PDF10A PDA36A PDA100A Many thanks and best regards, Ben Aernouts Department Biosystems, Division MeBioS KULeuven
Poster: tcohen
Posted Date: 2012-05-15 09:49:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! Our superseded products can be found by utilizing the search bar where the original supporting documentation is left intact. I am not sure that the part number you specified was our original part number. I will send you an overview of the old web presentation in order to determine the part number and provide supporting documentation for the correct product.
Poster: ryanbrock2011
Posted Date: 2012-05-11 18:54:17.0
Is the "New vs. Old" page mentioned in the older comments no longer on this site? I am looking for information on an old PDA-50 Si Amplified Photodetector
Poster: bdada
Posted Date: 2012-01-25 15:15:00.0
Response from Buki at Thorlabs: We specify at least +/- 12V, 125mA. However this is very conservative, especially if the PDA is driving a high impedance load. Most of the current usage is for driving the output. A 50Ohm load with the maximum output voltage (5V) will require a current of 100mA (5V/50Ohms). The amplifier itself uses approximately +/- 25mA from +/-12V supplies. The +12V supply needs to be able to supply an additional 100mA if it is driving a 50Ohm load. Please contact TechSupport@thorlabs.com if you have any questions.
Poster: andrew.beeby
Posted Date: 2012-01-25 10:37:37.0
Could you advise what current the device draws at +/- 12V if we want to use our own power supply?
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-11-08 10:01:42.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to Nathan: Thank you for your feedback. The PDA10CF and PDA10CS detectors have not been superseded. We are currently working with our web team to reactivate the shopping cart option so that you can order them through the web. You can also contact our sales department st sales@thorlabs.com or by phone at (973) 579 7227 to place an order.
Poster: nathan.flowers-jacobs
Posted Date: 2010-11-08 08:50:43.0
Have you discontinued the PDA10CF & PDA10CS detectors? They are still included in the overview and specs tabs, but I cant find more detailed information or an option for purchasing? Or is there a replacement part (particularly for the variable gain version, but also for the fixed gain/high bandwidth version)? Thanks.
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-11-04 18:21:38.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to imag: all of our photodiodes have a protective resin or coating. In order to remove dust, we would suggest gently blowing pressurized air onto the surface of the detector, from a ~6" distance. If further cleaning is needed, you can use ethyl alcohol an wipe off the dirt carefully. It is not recommended to use organic solvents, as they can degrade the quality of any resin coating or filters.
Poster: imag
Posted Date: 2010-11-03 17:42:40.0
I have a bunch of Thorlabs Si-photodiodes, biased and amplified. What is the procedure for the sensing area cleaning in the case if gets dirty or dusty ? Unlike conventional photodiodes, these detectors are not in some protective case with transparent window. Do they really have any protective layer on the Si ?
Poster: jens
Posted Date: 2009-09-06 17:47:28.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: as for the maximum power we do not recommend to use more than 100mW over the detector area. You will find higher values in some publications, depending on wavelenght and exposure time and this value is more on the safe side. As to the inhomogenity the laser point located at different spots on the detector surface does indeed not produce the same conversion because of boundary conditions. These boundary conditions vary from diode to diode. To get a true estimate we can map out the area of the photo diode. I will contact you with additional data regarding the measurement. If possible the 2/3 rule (i.e. filling 2/3 of the detector aperture) should be followed.
Poster: flo6137
Posted Date: 2009-08-31 12:38:28.0
Hi, I am currently using a PDA100A but it seems that the sensitivity to the impinging laser light is not the same on all area of the photon detector. We have almost 10% of difference between different area. It might be possible that our PDA100A had been damaged by being exposed to a high power laser beam. But before buying a new one, could you please provide me some information about the accuracy of this photon detector (I mean the difference of sensitivity between the different cells of the detector) and about the maximum power that we can use without damaging the detector.
Poster: klee
Posted Date: 2009-08-03 17:36:13.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to asd: All the US and EC versions had different power supplies originally and the EC (220-240VAC) power supplies were more expensive. We did not change to the current new switchable power supply until about a year ago. We will be updating the prices shortly.
Poster: asd
Posted Date: 2009-08-02 18:11:34.0
How come the the PDA3A-EC is so much more expensive than the PDA36A? The other detectors dont show this skew in price and the PSUs are identical. Looks like a consumer annoying cock up.
Poster: klee
Posted Date: 2009-07-09 10:00:13.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to perry.gray: We do carry SM1 to C-mount adapters. SM1A10 has external SM1 Threads and internal C-Mount Threads while SM1A9 has internal SM1 Threads and external C-Mount Threads.
Poster: perry.gray
Posted Date: 2009-07-08 21:35:37.0
You guys need a C-mount adapter for your PDA series diodes so I can mount my existing c-mount tv camera lenses on my PDA diode housings
Poster:
Posted Date: 2009-06-09 13:16:54.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to Letizia: Hi, We do not have data on the thermal drifts for these units. If you provide me with the temperature ranges you may be using the PDA25k at , I can check with our electronics engineers and see if we can provide more inforamtion. My email address is apalmentieri@thorlabs.com.
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Posted Date: 2009-06-09 11:42:19.0
Response from Adam at Thorlabs, Inc. Hi, I have spoken with our electronics engineers and there should be no need to distance the power supply from the photodiode. I am also checking with our engineers to see if we can provide any data about the shot noise. As soon as I have more information, I will send you an email. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact me, apalmentieri@thorlabs.com.
Poster: slamkadmi
Posted Date: 2009-06-09 11:28:37.0
Hello, I need to know if there is any requirement concerning the distance from the power supply to the photodiode. I have just seen a comment saying that "the power supply needs to be located about 5 meters away". Could you tell me more about that? I also need some data concerning the shot noise. Can the phase of the signal be deteriorated by the photodiode? In fact, we need to extract the phase from the output signal and we need a very high precision on the signal phase. If you do have any data, please let me know. Thanks in advance. Best regards
Poster: letizia.demaria
Posted Date: 2009-04-15 03:47:47.0
could you please specify the temperature coefficient (thermal drift) for PDA25k? thank you ldm
Poster: Laurie
Posted Date: 2009-01-22 11:00:47.0
Response from Laurie at Thorlabs to lee: Thank you for your interest in Thorlabs Products. A member of our technical support staff will be contacting you directly. We need a bit of clarification concerning your inquiry prior to discussing possible solutions.
Poster: lee
Posted Date: 2009-01-20 04:13:57.0
I plan to use PDA10A in an equipment, but the power supply needs to be located about 5 meters away. Ill be using a linear +/-12V power supply on DIN rail. I prefer to make the power supply cable in house, and so Id appreciate it if (1) Thorlabs sells the cable-side power connector (not the whole cable like PDA-C-72), or (2) gives relevant information such as connector manufacturer and part number.
Poster: Laurie
Posted Date: 2008-12-10 13:37:22.0
Response from Laurie at Thorlabs to jwerly: Thank you for your feedback concerning our PDA photodetectors. The transimpedance photocurrent amplifier assembly is built directly into the circuitry of the PDA detector, and thus, it is not possible to control the amplification externally or through some other method. Detectors like the PDA36A have switchable gain, but again, there is no way to adjust the amplification.
Poster: jwerly
Posted Date: 2008-12-09 09:11:15.0
Hello, I have a question about your PDA series. I would know how can we control the amplification. I mean, is it an automiticaly, a manualy or even a manualy by an electronic interface ? Regards, Julien Werly.
Poster: sal
Posted Date: 2008-03-06 09:55:47.0
Response from Sal at Thorlabs to jschumacher, ghegenbart, and acable: Numerous changes have been made to this page to address the postings below. The PDA8GS is a high-speed, fiber coupled detector that is now included with the other detectors in that family. The FPD310 high speed PIN photodiode module is accessible directly from its own window in the Biased and Amplified Detector Visual Navigation pane. Regarding this page, the pin description for the PDA Power Connector is in a diagram immediately next to the price and description of this component. All detectors are now grouped by material type (InGaAs and Ge are separated). The New vs. Old tab includes explicit references between current and superseded devices and the superseded devices are hot links that will lead to their documentation. This arrangement insures easy access to the old part information. The Overview tab has been completely reorganized to present the modules grouped both by high level feature (Switchable Gain, Wideband, etc.), application, and detector type (Si, InGaAs, etc.). The Specs tab also has been grouped by detector type. Gain figures are easy to read and units are expressed in both V/A and ohms since both units are generally used. Finally, under the Graphs tab a complete set of spectral responsivity data is included for each model number. We continually strive to assist our customers in finding the product that is best suited to their application. Thanks for your continued business.
Poster: technicalmarketing
Posted Date: 2007-12-27 16:44:57.0
In response to ghegenbarts comments, we have split the InGaAs and Ge subgroups as was done with the DETs page. We have also updated the product descriptions to be more uniform. Please note that acables comments are still being addressed by the technical marketing group. We thank you for your input, and hope that you find these changes to be helpful.
Poster: acable
Posted Date: 2007-12-12 05:55:15.0
Your "Specs" tab would be much easier to read if it was separated by detector type, when using the chart i am forced to piece together what Si detectors are available, it is great to have a large selection of products but as you expand the selection please realize that more thought should go into how you organize the presentation. I would also suggest a selection table right on the Overview tab, all the text is great for the first time visitor, added the table would just complete the overview picture faster for your more experienced customers. Another point that is confusing for me as a repeat customer is the non-uniformity of the product descriptions in the price boxes. Since i know the detector family fairly well and just need to pick out the right model it would be great to have all the relevant information right in your price table, there seems to be room. For me the order of importance is: What it Is: Handled with your Price Box Header Material: (which you handle well by separating the boxes by material) Bandwdith: (highest if switchable gain but provide foot note) Gain: (number if fixed and range if variable) Wavelength Range: (given by material in most cases) Ex: PDA10A, 150MHz BW, 5KOhm Gain, 200-1100nm Detector Also, my sense is that the transimpedence gain in units of Ohms is the standard way to specifiy an amplified detector, why the V/A, silly little thing but it caused me to have to pause.
Poster: acable
Posted Date: 2007-12-12 05:27:23.0
I came to this page specifically to cross reference an old PDA part number to a new one and was disapointed to find that this information was not provided on the "New vs Old Design" tab. Can you add a simple chart and then ensure the internal search feature can "see" the old part numbers. Does your search feature even have the ability to send a visitor to a specific tab.
Poster: ghegenbart
Posted Date: 2007-11-26 08:14:26.0
I suggest not to combine InGaAs and Ge in one product group but have them listed separately like it is done for the DETs.
Poster: jschumacher
Posted Date: 2007-10-18 12:58:43.0
please add pin description for PDA power connector
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InGaAs Transimpedence Amplified Photodetectors
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Detector Size Ø2.0 mm Ø0.5 mm Ø1.0 mm Ø0.5 mm Ø2.0 mm Ø1.0 mm
Gain Fixed: 500 kV/A / 175 kV/A* Fixed: 10 kV/A / 5 kV/A* 8 x 10 dB Steps Fixed: 1 x 108 kV/A 8 x 10 dB Steps Fixed: 10 kV/A / 5 kV/A*
Bandwidth Range DC - 5 MHz DC - 150 MHz DC - 17 MHz DC - 25 Hz DC - 10 MHz DC - 15 MHz
NEP (W/Hz1/2) 22x10-12 1.2x10-11 2.0x10-12 -
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PDA10CF InGaAs Fixed Gain Detector, 700-1800 nm, 150 MHz BW, 0.2 mm2, 120 VAC
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PDA10CS InGaAs Switchable Gain Detector, 700-1800 nm, 17 MHz BW, 0.8 mm2, 120 VAC
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PDF10C InGaAs Amplified Detector, 800-1700 nm, 25 Hz, 0.2 mm2, 100-120 VAC
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PDA20CS InGaAs Switchable Gain Detector, 800-1800 nm, 10 MHz BW, 3.14 mm2, 120 VAC
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PDA10CF-EC InGaAs Fixed Gain Detector, 700-1800 nm, 150 MHz BW, 0.2 mm2, 230 VAC
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PDA10CS-EC InGaAs Switchable Gain Detector, 700-1800 nm, 17 MHz BW, 0.79 mm2, 230 VAC
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PDF10C/M InGaAs Amplified Detector, 800-1700 nm, 25 Hz, 0.2 mm2, 220-240 VAC
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PDA20CS-EC InGaAs Switchable Gain Detector, 800-1800 nm, 10 MHz BW, 3.14 mm2, 230 VAC
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PDA10D-EC InGaAs Fixed Gain Detector, 1.2-2.6 µm, 15 MHz BW, 0.79 mm2, 230 VAC
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PDA Power Supply Cable
Pinout for Cable

The PDA-C-72 is a power cord for the PDA line of amplified photodetectors. The cord has tinned leads on one end and a PDA-compatible 3-pin connector on the other end. It can be used to power the PDA series of amplified photodetectors with any power supply that provides a DC voltage. The pin descriptions are shown to the right.

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Internally SM1-Threaded Fiber Adapters

These internally SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) adapters mate connectorized fiber to any of our externally SM1-threaded components, including our photodiode power sensors, our thermal power sensors, and our photodetectors.

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Fiber Connector Typea FC/PCb SMA ST SC LC
Thread Internal SM1 (1.035"-40)
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  • In certain angle-independent applications, this adapter may also be used with FC/APC connectors.
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