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High-Power Laser Diode Controllers


  • Control Currents up to 5 A or 20 A
  • Excellent Current Stability and Accuracy
  • Continuous Wave or Quasi-Continuous Wave Operation
  • USB Interface (SCPI)

LDC4020

CAB4006

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Item # LDC4005 LDC4020
Laser Current Control Range 0 to 5 A 0 to 20 A
Compliance Voltage 12 V 11 V
Photocurrent Measurement Ranges 2 mA / 20 mA
Power Monitor
Voltage Measurement Ranges
10 mV / 100 mV / 1 V / 10 V
QCW* Pulse Width Range 100 µs to 1 s
QCW* Repetition Rate Range 1 ms to 5 s (0.2 to 1000 Hz)
Internal Modulation Waveforms Sine, Square, Triangle
Internal Modulation
Small Signal Bandwidth
20 Hz to
100 kHz
20 Hz to
50 kHz

*Quasi-Continuous Wave

Laser Diode Controller Features

  • Two Models for 5 A and 20 A Laser Currents
  • Operate with Anode- or Cathode-Grounded
    Laser Diodes and Photodiodes
  • Also Capable of Driving LEDs in CW
  • Continuous Wave or Quasi-Continuous Wave Operation
  • Internal Function Generator for Analog Modulation
  • External Modulation Input
  • Analog Monitor Output for the Laser Current
  • Laser Diode Voltage Measurement
  • Power Efficient by Active Power Management
  • Compatible Optical Detectors:
    • Photodiodes
    • Thermopiles
    • Sensors with Amplifier
    • Power Meters
  • Control Modes:
    • Constant Current (CC)
    • Constant Power (CP)
  • Enhanced Laser Diode Protection Features:
    • Adjustable Laser Current Limit
    • Adjustable Laser Power Limit
    • Laser Over-Voltage Protection
    • Over Temperature Protection
  • Interface and Drivers:
    • USB Interface (SCPI compliant)
    • VXIpnp/VISA Drivers for all Common Programming Environments like LabWindows/CVI™, LabVIEW™, and MS Visual Studio™

The LDC4000 Series of Laser Diode Current Controllers provide precise and stable current for driving high-power laser diodes with injection currents up to 20 A. This series supports all laser diode and monitor diode pin configurations and features a constant current or constant power mode. The series is designed for stand-alone operation and is controlled via front panel keys and intuitive operation menus on a large and easy-to-read graphic LC display. See the Display Screens tab for some examples. Additionally, the LDC4000 Series can be fully remote controlled via an SCPI compatible USB Interface. A higher setting resolution and measurement resolution is offered via remote control.

Compared to the LDC200C Series, the LDC4000 Series offers higher injection currents as well as additional features like the Quasi-Continuous Wave (QCW) operation mode, an internal modulation generator, a thermopile input, laser voltage measurement, and an optical power limit. These features, together with the new design, which offers silent and efficient operation, make the LDC4000 Series Laser Diode Controllers an ideal choice for most applications.

For more information about the constant current and constant power modes, the photodiode and thermopile monitor inputs, the continuous wave (CW) or quasi-continuous wave (QCW) operation and the enhanced protection features for the laser diodes please see the More Info tab.

For driver software, as well as programming reference guides for Standard Commands for the Programmable Instruments (SCPI) standard, LabVIEW™, Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual Basic, please see the Software tab.

Companion Products

The TED4015 TEC Controller is the ideal companion for the LDC4000 Series Controllers. When combined with our TEC laser mounts, the TED4015 can achieve a thermal stability of 0.001 °C. This temperature stability is required for applications like diode laser wavelength tuning and atomic absorption cell spectroscopy.

Constant Current and Constant Power Modes

The laser diodes can be driven in either constant current (CC) or constant power (CP) mode. In CC mode, the laser current is held precisely at the level set by the user. The CC mode is ideal when the lowest noise and highest response speed is required. In CP mode, the monitoring optical sensor is used to actively stabilize the output power of the laser. A feedback circuit controls the output power of the laser. A power limit can be set to restrict the control loop to a maximum laser output power. To ensure best possible performance, laser diodes are driven with respect to ground, offering significant advantages regarding noise, transient suppression, and stability.

100 µs Pulses of 20 A

QCW Pulse Operation of the Laser Diode Controller

Figure: Oscilloscope screenshot of a typ. short 100 µs Pulse of 20.0 A generated by the LDC4020 in QCW mode

Photodiode and Thermopile Monitor Input

The LDC4000 Series allows the user to select photodiodes or thermopiles as the sensor for monitoring the laser diode power output. For each, a monitor input is provided. The photodiode input provides two ranges: 2 mA or 20 mA maximum current. An adjustable-bias voltage can be applied to the photodiode to improve the linearity. The thermopile input provides four ranges: 10 mV, 100 mV, 1 V, or 10 V maximum voltage. Instead of bare thermopile sensors, sensor amplifiers or power meters with analog voltage output can be connected here as well. Both monitor inputs can be calibrated by a sensor response parameter to directly display the optical power in milliwatts.

Continuous Wave (CW) or Quasi-Continuous Wave (QCW) Operation

The LDC4000 Series can be operated in continuous wave (CW) or quasi-CW (QCW) mode. The LDC4020 is at ease providing sharp and accurate 100 µs pulses of 20 A peak current without any unwanted overshoots. The integrated pulse generator can be triggered internally with an adjustable repetition rate or externally via a BNC jack at the rear of the unit.

Enhanced Protection Features for the Laser Diode

For optimal LD protection, the LDC4000 Series offers a set of enhanced protection features. Independent of operation mode or compliance voltage, a precisely adjustable current limit ensures that the maximum allowed laser current cannot be exceeded. The LDC will return an error signal whenever this pre-set limit is reached by user settings or external modulation. The soft start feature ensures a slow increase of the laser current without voltage peaks after the device is switched on. Voltage peaks on the AC line are effectively suppressed by electrical filters and by careful grounding of the chassis. Even in the case of power line failure, the laser current remains transient-free. When the output is disabled, the laser is additionally protected by an electronic output short circuit. If the connection between current source and laser diode is interrupted, or the laser voltage exceeds the adjustable voltage protection threshold, the laser current is switched off.

Item # LDC4005 LDC4020
  Front Panela Remote Controla Front Panela Remote Controla
Current Control (Constant Current Mode)
Laser Diode Current Range 0 to 5 A 0 to 20 A
Compliance Voltage 12 V 11 V
Setting / Measurement Resolution 1 mA 80 µA 1 mA 320 µA
Accuracy ±(0.1% + 2 mA) ±(0.1% + 8 mA)
Noise and Ripple
(10 Hz to 10 MHz, rms, typ. without Noise Reduction Filter)
<250 µA <10 mA
Noise and Ripple
(10 Hz to 10 MHz, rms, typ. with Noise Reduction Filter)
<50 µA N/A
Drift, 24 hours (0-10 Hz, Typical at Constant Ambient Temperature) <300 µA <1 mA
Temperature Coefficient ≤50 ppm/°C
Current Limit
Setting Range 5 mA to 5 A 20 mA to 20 A
Resolution 1 mA 80 µA 1 mA 320 µA
Accuracy ±(0.12% + 3 mA) ±(0.12% + 12 mA)
Power Monitor Input - Photodiode
Photocurrent Measurement Ranges 0 to 2 mA / 0 to 20 mA
Photocurrent Measurement Resolution (2 mA Range / 20 mA Range) 1 µA / 10 µA 32 nA / 320 nA 1 µA / 10 µA 32 nA / 320 nA
Photocurrent Accuracy (2 mA Range / 20 mA Range) ±(0.08% +0.5 µA) / ±(0.08% +5 µA)
Photodiode Reverse Bias Voltage 0 to 10 V
Photodiode Input Impedance ~0 Ω (Virtual Ground)
Power Monitor Input - Thermopileb
Voltage Measurement Ranges 0 to 10 mV / 0 to 100 mV / 0 to 1 V / 0 to 10 V
Voltage Measurement Resolution
(for 10 mV / 100 mV / 1V / 10 V Range)
1 µV / 10 µV /
100 µV / 1 mV
0.16 µV / 1.6 µV /
16 µV / 160 µV
1 µV / 10 µV /
100 µV / 1 mV
0.16 µV / 1.6 µV /
16 µV / 160 µV
Voltage Measurement Accuracy
(for 10 mV / 100 mV / 1V / 10 V Range)
±(0.1% + 10 µV) / ±(0.1% + 100 µV) / ±(0.1% + 1 mV) / ±(0.1% + 5 mV)
Voltage Input Resistance 1 MΩ
Laser Power Control (Constant Power Mode)
Photocurrent Control Rangesc 0 to 2 mA / 0 to 20 mA
Photocurrent Setting Resolution 1 µA / 10 µA 32 nA / 320 nA 1 µA / 10 µA 32 nA / 320 nA
Thermopile Voltage Control Rangesc 1 µV to 10 mV / 10 µV to 100 mV / 100 µV to 1V / 1 mV to 10 V
Thermopile Voltage Setting Resolutionc 1 µV / 10 µV /
100 µV / 1 mV
0.16 µV / 1.6 µV /
16 µV / 160 µV
1 µV / 10 µV /
100 µV / 1 mV
0.16 µV / 1.6 µV /
16 µV / 160 µV
Power Limit (Constant Power Mode)
Photocurrent Limit Setting Rangesc 5 µA to 2 mA / 50 µA to 20 mA
Photocurrent Limit Resolution 1 µA / 10 µA 128 nA / 1.28 µA 1 µA / 10 µA 128 nA / 1.28 µA
Photocurrent Limit Accuracy ±20 µA / ±200 µA
Thermopile Voltage Limit Setting Rangesc 10 µV to 10 mV / 100 µV to 100 mV / 1 mV to 1V / 10 mV to 10V
Thermopile Voltage Limit Resolution 1 µV / 10 µV /
100 µV / 1 mV
730 nV / 7.3 µV /
73 µV / 730 µV
1 µV / 10 µV /
100 µV / 1 mV
730 nV / 7.3 µV /
73 µV / 730 µV
Thermopile Voltage Limit Accuracy ±10 µV / ±100 µV / ±1 mV / ±10 mV
Laser Voltage Measurement
Measurement Principle 4-Wire
Measurement Range 0 to 14 V
Measurement Resolution 1 mV 160 µV 1 mV 160 µV
Accuracy ±20 mV
Laser Overvoltage Protection
Setting Range 1 V to 12 V 1 V to 11 V
Resolution 1 mV
Accuracy ±50 mV
Laser Current Monitor Output
Load Resistance >10 kΩ
Transmission Coefficient 2 V/A ±5% 500 mV/A ±5%
External Modulation Input
Input Impedance 10 kΩ
Small Signal 3 dB Bandwidth, CC Mode (without Noise Reduction Filter) DC to 100 kHz (1 Ω Load) DC to 50 kHz (0.2 Ω Load)
Small Signal 3 dB Bandwidth, CC Mode (with Noise Reduction Filter) DC to 6 kHz (1 Ω Load) N/A
Modulation Coefficient, CC Mode  500 mA/V ± 5% 2 A/V ± 5%
Modulation Coefficient, CP Mode, Current Sensorc 200 µA/V / 2 mA/V ±5%
Modulation Coefficient, CP Mode, Voltage Sensorc 10 mV/V / 10 mV/V 100 mV/V / 1V/V ±5%
Internal Modulation
Waveforms Sine, Square, Triangle
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 100 kHz 20 Hz to 50 kHz
Modulation Depth> 0.1 to 100%
QCW Mode
Pulse Width Range 100 µs to 1 s
Pulse Width Resolution 1 µs
Repetition Rate Range 1 ms to 5 s (0.2 to 1000 Hz)
Repetition Rate Resolution 10 µs
Trigger
Input Rising Edge Triggered, Starts QCW Pulse with Internal Adjusted Width
Input Level TTL or 5 V CMOS
Output Active High, Tracks Pulse Width
Output Level TTL or 5 V CMOS
Dead Time to Next Pulse >10 µs
Digital I/O Port
Number of I/O Lines 4 (Separately Configurable)
Input Level TTL or CMOS, Voltage Tolerant up to 24 V
Output Level (Source Operation) TTL or 5 V CMOS, 2 mA MAX.
Output Level (Sink Operation) Open Collector, up to 24 V, 400 mA MAX.
Interface
USB2.0 According to USBTMC/USBTMC-USB488 Specification Rev. 1.0
Protocol SCPI Compliant Command Set
Drivers VISA VXIpnp™, MS Visual Studio™, MS Visual Studio.net™, NI LabView™, NI LabWindows/CVI™
General Data
Safety Features Interlock, Inhibit, Keylock Switch, Laser Current Limit, Laser Power Limit,
Soft Start, Short Circuit when Laser off,
Adjustable Laser Overvoltage Protection, Over Temperature Protection
Temperature Window Protection (only in combination with TED4015)
Display LCD 320 x 240 Pixel
Connector for Laser, Photodiode, Interlock
& Laser On Signal
13W3 Mixed D-Sub Jack (Female)
Connectors for Control Input / Output BNC
Connector for Digital I/O Mini DIN 6
Connector for USB-Interface USB Type B
Chassis Ground Connector 4 mm Banana Jack
Line Voltage / Frequency 100 to 120 V and 200 to 240 V ±10%, 50 to 60 Hz
Maximum Power Consumption 200 VA 600 VA
Mains Supply Overvoltage Category II (Cat II)
Operating Temperature 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature -40 to 70°C
Relative Humidity Max. 80% Up to 31 °C, Decreasing to 50% at 40 °C
Pollution Degree (Indoor Use Only) 2
Operation Altitude <2000 m
Warm-up Time for Rated Accuracy 20 min
Weight 5.5 kg
Dimensions without Operating Elements (W x H x D) 263 mm x 122 mm x 307 mm (10.4" x 4.8" x 12.1")
Dimensions with Operating Elements (W x H x D) 263 mm x 122 mm x 345 mm (10.4" x 4.8" x 13.6")
  • Via front panel the resolution is limited by the display. Via Remote Control a higher resolution is offered.
  • The Thermopile Power Monitor Input can also be used for sensor amplifiers and power meters with voltage output.
  • Depending on the selected measurement range.

All technical data valid at 23 ± 5°C and 45 ±15% relative humidity. Subject to change without notice.

LDC Front Panel

CalloutConnectionCalloutConnection
1 Key Switch 5 Escape Key
2 Supply Power Switch 6 LD Status Indicator
3 LC Display 7 Adjustment Knob
4 Softkeys for Menu Navigation

LDC Back Panel

CalloutConnectionCalloutConnection
1 TTL Input "Laser Enable In" 5 V Max 8 Cooling Fan
2 TTL Input "QCW Pulse In" 5 V Max 9 LD Output and Optical Sensor Input "Laser Output"
3 TTL Output "Trigger Out" 0 - 5 V 10 Power Connector and Fuse Holder "Line In"
4 Optical Sensor Input "Opt Sensor In"
0 - 10 V Max
5 Modulation Input "Modulation In"
-10 to 10 V
11 USB Connector
6 Laser Current Monitor "Analog CTL Out"
0 - 10 V
12 4 mm Banana Jack for Chassis Ground
7 Serial Number of the Unit 13 MiniDin-6 Jack "Digital I/O"

13W3 Mixed D-Sub Jack Pin Configuration

Connector Drawing

PinConnectionPinConnection
1 (Thermo) Voltage Sensor Input (+) 7 Photo Current Sensor Input (+)
2 (Thermo) Voltage Sensor Ground (-) 8 Photo Current Sensor Ground (-)
3 Not Connected 9 Not Connected
4 Laser Diode Anode (+) 10 Laser Diode Cathode (-)
5 Output for Interlock and Status Indicator “LASER ON/OFF” (+) A1 Laser Diode Ground
6 Ground Pin for Interlock and Status Indicator “LASER ON/OFF” (-) A2 Laser Diode Cathode (with Polarity AG) (-)
A3 Laser Diode Anode (with Polarity CG) (+)

Digital I/O Ports

Digital I/O
PinConnection
1 I/O 1
2 I/O 2
3 I/O 3
4 I/O 4
5 GND
6 I/O Supply Voltage (+12 V from internal or higher external voltage up to +24 V)

LD Enable In

BNC Female

BNC Female

Laser Enable Input (High to Enable Laser ON), TTL 5 V Max

QCW Pulse In

BNC Female

BNC Female

Input for External Trigger Signal, TTL 5 V Max

Trigger Out

BNC Female

BNC Female

QCW Pulse Tracking Output, TTL 5 V

OPT Sensor In

BNC Female

BNC Female

Input for Optical Sensor, 0 to +10 V Max

Modulation In

BNC Female

BNC Female

Input for External Modulation Signal,
-10 to +10 V Max

Analog CTL Out

BNC Female

BNC Female

Output for Laser Current Monitoring, 0 to +10 V

Computer Connection

USB Type B

USB Type B

USB Type B to Type A Cable Included

Ground

 

Banana Plug

 

4 mm Banana Jack for Chassis Ground

 

CAB4005 and CAB4006 Laser Diode Cables

These cables contains a DB-9 male connector on one side and a 13W3 male connector on the other side. Both views shown below are looking into the connector.

Male DB-9 Pin Diagram
DB-9 Male Connector
Male 13W3 Pin Diagram
13W3 Male Connector
Pin Matching
DB-9 Pin 13W3 Pin
1 5
2 8
3 A1
4 7
5 6
6 10
7 A2
8 A3
9 4
Shield Shield
DB-9 Connector Colors
Pin Color
1 White
2 Gray and Pink
3 Gray / Black (2 Wires)
4 Red and Blue
5 Brown
6 Blue
7 Yellow / Purple
(2 Wires)
8 Green / Pink
(2 Wires)
9 Red
13W3 Connector Colors
Pin Color Pin Color
1 No Connection 9 No Connection
2 No Connection 10 Blue
3 No Connection A1 Gray / Black
(2 Wires)
4 Red
5 White A2 Yellow / Purple
(2 Wires)
6 Brown
7 Red and Blue A3 Green / Pink
(2 Wires)
8 Green and Pink

Sample Screens of the LDC4000 Series

Measurement ScreenMenu Screen
 Measurement Screen The measurement screen offers an easy readout of measurement values and device status information. It also allows to adjust the major instrument setpoints. You can freely select two, four, or six values to be displayed with optimized character size.  Menu Screen The menu screen allows selecting various operation modes and options.
Laser Diode Setup ScreenPhotodiode Input Screen
 Laser Diode Setup Screen The laser diode setup screen allows to enter essential laser control parameters: constant current or constant power mode, limits for laser current and laser power, speed and source of the constant power feedback loop.  Photodiode Input Screen Via the photodiode input screen, all parameters concerning the photodiode sensor are entered.
QCW Settings ScreenPreferences Screen
 QCW Settings Screen This is the input screen for the Quasi-Continous Wave (QCW) pulse mode settings, e.g. trigger source and pulse parameters.  Preferences Screen The preferences screen offers access to the device preferences, e.g. display and signal settings.

Software for Laser Diode Controllers

The download button below links to VISA VXI pnp™, MS Visual Studio™, MS Visual Studio.net™, LabVIEW™, and LabWindows/CVI™ drivers, firmware, utilities, and support documentation for Thorlabs' ITC4000 Series laser controllers, LDC4000 Series laser controllers, CLD1000 Series compact laser diode controllers, and TED4000 Series TEC controllers.

The software download page also offers programming reference notes for interfacing with compatible controllers using SCPI, LabVIEW, Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual Basic. Please see the Programming Reference tab on the software download page for more information and download links.

Driver Software

Version 3.1.0 (April 11, 2014)

Programming Reference

Version 3.3 (April 8, 2015) - SCPI Commands
Version 1.0 (June 16, 2015) - LabVIEW, Visual C++, Visual C#, Visual Basic

Software Download

The software packages support LabVIEW 8.5 and higher. If you are using an earlier version of LabVIEW, please contact Technical Support for assistance.

LDC4000 Series Shipping List

Item #LDC4005LDC4020
Benchtop Laser Diode Controller, 5 A / 10 V x  
Benchtop Laser Diode Controller, 20 A / 10 V   x
Cable LDC4000/ITC4000 to Laser Mount, 5 A, 13W3, D-Sub-9 (CAB4005) x  
Cable LDC4000/ITC4000 to Laser Mount, 20 A, 13W3, 13W3 (CAB4006)   x
Mixed D-Sub Connector, 13W3, Male & Female with 3 High-Current Contacts Each, 20 A (CON4005) x x
USB Cable A-B, 2 m x x
Instrumentation CD Series 4000 x x
Printed Operation Manual LDC4000 Series x x
Certificate of Calibration x x

Posted Comments:
sharrell  (posted 2012-03-06 09:58:00.0)
A Response from Sean at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! The ITC current / temperature controllers are essentially a combination of an LDC4000 controller and the TED4015 temperature controller. For example, the ITC4005 will have the same controller specifications as the LDC4005. There is more we can do to simplify the process of selecting the right controller, and we will start by adding a selection guide to our current controller pages, which will list key specifications for our entire current controller line. If you require any further assistance selecting a controller, feel free to email techsupport@thorlabs.com and an applications engineer will be happy to help.
user  (posted 2012-03-05 14:26:52.0)
I'm picking out current and temperature controllers. It's nice that you have the two ITC specs side by side for comparison, but it would be nice if you also had the specs of the LDC line here for quick comparison.
jjurado  (posted 2011-02-16 14:09:00.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to zylv: Thank you for contacting us with your request. The LDC4020 shorts the pin A1 A2 and A3 when the laser diode current is not switched on. The shorting of those pins is required in order to ensure that the laser diode has a zero potential difference between its pins, when it is not in use. The fact that you cannot source any current with the driver might be related to a connection problem between the laser diode and the LDC or simply that the polarity is not set properly. We would be happy to help you further with the troubleshooting. I will follow up with you directly.
zylv  (posted 2011-02-16 14:02:48.0)
LDC4020 could not output the current, I found the Pin A1 A2 and A3 were connected together. could you tell me how fix this issue? This product was dilivered to me yesterday. It is totally new.
Thorlabs  (posted 2011-01-19 10:23:34.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to aoceron: Thank you very much for submitting your inquiry. The LDC4020 laser diode current controller is designed for benchtop use. We currently do not offer a rack mounting kit for this unit. We do provide, however, 19" rack mounting kits for our PRO8000 chassis, which is designed to hold laser diode test and experimentation modules: http://www.thorlabs.com/NewGroupPage9.cfm?ObjectGroup_ID=895&pn=PRO8000
aoceron  (posted 2011-01-18 22:23:41.0)
I was told to use the RK4101 rack-mount kit for the LDC4020, but this wont hold it fix to a 19" rack. Do you have a rack-mount for the LDC4020? or do you have an LDC4020 that is rack-mountable into a 19" rack? Thank you.

Laser Diode Controller Selection Guide

The tables below are designed to give a quick overview of the key specifications for our laser diode controllers and dual diode/temperature controllers. For more details and specifications, or to order a specific item, click on the appropriate item number below.

Current Controllers
Item # Drive Current Compliance Voltage Constant Current Constant Power Modulation Package
LDC200CV 20 mA 6 V Yes! Yes! External Benchtop
VLDC002 25 mA 5 V Yes! - Int/Ext OEM
LDC201CU 100 mA 5 V Yes! Yes! External Benchtop
LD2000R 100 mA 3.5 V - Yes! External OEM
EK2000 100 mA 3.5 V - Yes! External OEM
LDC202C 200 mA 10 V Yes! Yes! External Benchtop
KLD101 230 mA ≤10 V Yes! Yes! External K-Cube™
IP250-BV 250 mA 8 Va Yes! Yes! External OEM
LD1100 250 mA 6.5 Va - Yes! -- OEM
LD1101 250 mA 6.5 Va - Yes! -- OEM
EK1101 250 mA 6.5 Va - Yes! -- OEM
EK1102 250 mA 6.5 Va - Yes! -- OEM
LD1255R 250 mA 3.3 V Yes! - External OEM
LDC205C 500 mA 10 V Yes! Yes! External Benchtop
IP500 500 mA 3 V Yes! Yes! External OEM
LDC210C 1 A 10 V Yes! Yes! External Benchtop
LDC220C 2 A 4 V Yes! Yes! External Benchtop
LD3000R 2.5 A -- Yes! - External OEM
LDC240C 4 A 5 V Yes! Yes! External Benchtop
LDC4005 5 A 12 V Yes! Yes! Int/Ext Benchtop
LDC4020 20 A 11 V Yes! Yes! Int/Ext Benchtop
  • When using a 12 V power supply.
Dual Temperature and Current Controllers
Item # Drive Current Compliance Voltage TEC Power (Max) Constant Current Constant Power Modulation Package
VITC002 25 mA 5 V >2 W Yes! - Int/Ext OEM
ITC102 200 mA >4 V 12 W Yes! Yes! Ext OEM
ITC110 1 A >4 V 12 W Yes! Yes! Ext OEM
ITC4001 1 A 11 V >96 W Yes! Yes! Int/Ext Benchtop
CLD1010LPa 1.0 A >8 V >14.1 W Yes! Yes! Ext Benchtop
CLD1011LPb 1.0 A >8 V >14.1 W Yes! Yes! Ext Benchtop
CLD1015c 1.5 A >4 V >14.1 W Yes! Yes! Ext Benchtop
ITC4002QCLd 2 A 17 V >225 W Yes! Yes! Int/Ext Benchtop
ITC133 3 A >4 V 18 W Yes! Yes! Ext OEM
ITC4005 5 A 12 V >225 W Yes! Yes! Int/Ext Benchtop
ITC4005QCLd 5 A 20 V >225 W Yes! Yes! Int/Ext Benchtop
ITC4020 20 A 11 V >225 W Yes! Yes! Int/Ext Benchtop
  • Combined controller and mount for pigtailed laser diodes in TO can packages with A, D, E, or G pin codes only.
  • Combined controller and mount for pigtailed laser diodes in TO can packages with B, C, or H pin codes only.
  • Combined controller and mount for laser diodes in butterfly packages only.
  • Enhanced compliance voltage for QCL operation.

We also offer a variety of OEM and rack-mounted laser diode current & temperature controllers (OEM Modules, PRO8 Current Control Rack Modules, and PRO8 Current and Temperature Control Rack Modules).

LDC4000 Series Benchtop Controllers

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LDC4005 Support Documentation
LDC4005Benchtop Laser Diode Controller, 5 A / 12 V
$3,062.50
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LDC4020 Support Documentation
LDC4020Benchtop Laser Diode Controller, 20 A / 11 V
$3,620.37
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Laser Diode Connector Cables

Item # CAB4005 CAB4006 CON4005
Click Image to EnlargeCAB4005CAB4006CON4005
DescriptionStandard Laser Diode CableHigh Current Laser Diode Cable13W3 Male and Female
Connector Kit (One Each)
Max Current5 A20 A20 A
Connector Type13W3 Male to DB-9 Male13W3 Male to 13W3 MaleLoose 13W3 Connectors,
Male and Female

These cables connect our LDC4000 series current controllers or our ITC4000 series dual current / temperature controllers to laser diodes. We also provide loose 13W3 connectors for customers who wish to make their own cables. For the pinout of the CAB4005 and CAB4006 cables, please see the Pin Diagrams tab.

Please note that one CAB4005 cable and one CON4005 connector kit are included with the purchase of an LDC4005 benchtop controller. The LDC4020 is shipped with the CAB4006 cable and CON4005 connector kit.

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CAB4005 Support Documentation
CAB4005Connection Cable for LDC4000/ITC4000, 13W3 to D-Sub-9, 5 A
$135.53
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CAB4006 Support Documentation
CAB4006Connection Cable for LDC4000/ITC4000, 13W3 to 13W3, 20 A
$138.68
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CON4005 Support Documentation
CON4005Connector Kit, 13W3 Male & Female, 20 A
$15.55
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LDC4000 Series Calibration Service

Thorlabs offers Calibration Services for the LDC4000 Laser Diode Benchtop Controller Series.
To ensure accurate measurements, we recommend recalibrating the devices every second year.

Please Note: To ensure your item being returned for calibration is routed appropriately once it arrives at our facility, please do not ship it prior to being provided an RMA Number and return instructions by a member of our team.
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CAL-LDC4000 Support Documentation
CAL-LDC4000Recalibration Service for LDC4000
Part Number:  Serial Number:
$236.39
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