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Precision Constant Current Laser Drivers
Mounted on an LD1255P
The LD1255R (250 mA) is a low-noise, highly-stable, constant-current laser diode driver. The LD3000R is a higher-power (2.5 A) version of the LD1255R. These laser drivers are also recommended for driving LEDs. Both laser current drivers fully support the A, D, and E pin configurations (shown below).
Note: The photodiode monitor circuits of the LD1255R and LD3000R only support lasers that have an isolated photodiode anode (i.e. the photodiode cathode connected to the laser anode). They will not work with common cathode lasers. CONNECTING THE PHOTODIODE OF THESE LASERS TO THE LD1255R or LD3000R WILL DESTROY THE LASER. The LD1255R and LD3000R will operate the laser portion of all common cathode lasers without any problems as long as the photodiode anode is not connected to the driver.
LD1255R Top View
LD3000R Top View
LD1255R Pin Designations
LD3000R Pin Designations
IMPORTANT! Do not operate the LD3000R without a jumper installed on J2. Your laser may be overdriven and permanently damaged.
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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.
The LD1255R is a low-noise, ultra-stable, constant-current laser diode driver. It supplies up to 250 mA of drive current, supports laser pin configurations A, D, and E, and is ideally suited for demanding diode laser applications such as operating a laser diode in an external cavity tunable laser. This second-generation laser diode driver includes on-board Zener and Schottky diode protection as well as a disable pin. The op-amp and voltage reference design enables more precise laser current control. The LD1255P Mounting Plate, which features 8-32 and M4 taps for post mounting, allows the LD1255R to be secured to a breadboard or optical table.
The LD3000R driver is a higher-power version of Thorlabs' popular LD1255R ultra-stable, low-noise laser diode driver featured above. It utilizes high-current components, supplies 2.5 A, and supports pin configurations A, D, and E. The aluminum housing allows additional heat sinking, which results in a highly stable laser diode driver in a relatively small package. This device can operate both LEDs and laser diodes.
The PS-12DC-US provides a stable ±12 VDC output with up to ~300 mA of current, making it an ideal power supply for the LD1255R current driver sold above. However, this power supply is not recommended for use with the LD3000R due to the current requirements of this driver.