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HeNe Lasers: Red


  • Operating Lifetimes up to 40,000 Hours
  • Output Powers from 0.8 mW to 22.5 mW
  • Low-Intensity Noise

HNL020LB

2 mW, Linearly Polarized

HNLS008R

0.8 mW, Randomly Polarized

Application Idea

HNL150RB Mounted in C1512 Clamps on Ø1.5" Posts

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Common Specifications
Mode Structure TEM00>95%
Static Alignment HNLS008: Approximately 1.75" from Base
Cylindrical Housings:
±0.01" (Center to Outer Cylinder)
±1 mrad (Parallel to Outer Cylinder)
Starting Voltage ≤10,000 VDC
Storage Lifetime Indefinite (Hard-Sealed)
Operating
Temperature
HNLS008: -40 to 60 °C
Cylindrical Housings: -40 to 70 °C
Storage
Temperature
HNLS008: -40 to 100 °C
Cylindrical Housings: -40 to 150 °C
Relative Humidity
(Non-Condensing)
0 to 100%
Operating Altitude 0 to 10,000 ft
Storage Altitude 0 to 70,000 ft

Applications

  • Metrology
  • DNA Sequencing
  • Food Sorting
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Imaging and Medical Equipment
  • Opacity Monitoring
  • Alignment
  • Maritime Visual Guidance Systems
  • Hematology
  • Semiconductor Inspection
  • Polarization Experiments

Features

  • 632.8 nm Central Wavelength
  • Linearly or Randomly Polarized Output Beams
  • Includes External Power Supply
  • Packages Available with Integrated Shutters and Remote Interlock Connections

Thorlabs offers an extensive selection of CE compliant 632.8 nm (red) Helium-Neon (HeNe) Lasers with powers from 0.8 mW to 22.5 mW from stock. In addition to the applications listed to the right, HeNe lasers are widely used in education and as alignment tools due to their excellent beam quality and gas discharge laser characteristics. Depending upon the model, the output beam is either linearly polarized or randomly polarized (unpolarized). The polarization state of a randomly polarized HeNe changes on nanosecond timescales; when averaged over time, the light emitted from these lasers appears randomly polarized. However, any polarization optics in the path (intentional or unintentional) can cause large variations in the output power. Only polarized lasers should be used in applications that involve polarization optics. Due to the significant ASE background, a bandpass filter should be used for precision measurements.

Specifications common to all of the lasers featured on this page are listed in the table to the right, and model-dependent information is given in the tables below. All but the self-contained packages feature remote interlock connections and integrated shutters. Please see the Interlock Disassembly tab for integrating the remote interlock connector into an interlock or lab safety system.

For specialized applications, Thorlabs offers a Stabilized Red HeNe Laser, which is capable of either ±2 MHz stabilization in frequency stabilization mode, or ±0.2% power stabilization in intensity stabilization mode.

Laser Safety and Classification

Safe practices and proper usage of safety equipment should be taken into consideration when operating lasers. The eye is susceptible to injury, even from very low levels of laser light. Thorlabs offers a range of laser safety accessories that can be used to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. Laser emission in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges has the greatest potential for retinal injury, as the cornea and lens are transparent to those wavelengths, and the lens can focus the laser energy onto the retina. 

Laser Glasses Laser Curtains Blackout Materials
Enclosure Systems Laser Viewing Cards Alignment Tools
Shutter and Controllers Laser Safety Signs

Safe Practices and Light Safety Accessories

  • Thorlabs recommends the use of safety eyewear whenever working with laser beams with non-negligible powers (i.e., > Class 1) since metallic tools such as screwdrivers can accidentally redirect a beam.
  • Laser goggles designed for specific wavelengths should be clearly available near laser setups to protect the wearer from unintentional laser reflections.
  • Goggles are marked with the wavelength range over which protection is afforded and the minimum optical density within that range.
  • Laser Safety Curtains and Laser Safety Fabric shield other parts of the lab from high energy lasers.
  • Blackout Materials can prevent direct or reflected light from leaving the experimental setup area.
  • Thorlabs' Enclosure Systems can be used to contain optical setups to isolate or minimize laser hazards.
  • A fiber-pigtailed laser should always be turned off before connecting it to or disconnecting it from another fiber, especially when the laser is at power levels above 10 mW.
  • All beams should be terminated at the edge of the table, and laboratory doors should be closed whenever a laser is in use.
  • Do not place laser beams at eye level.
  • Carry out experiments on an optical table such that all laser beams travel horizontally.
  • Remove unnecessary reflective items such as reflective jewelry (e.g., rings, watches, etc.) while working near the beam path.
  • Be aware that lenses and other optical devices may reflect a portion of the incident beam from the front or rear surface.
  • Operate a laser at the minimum power necessary for any operation.
  • If possible, reduce the output power of a laser during alignment procedures.
  • Use beam shutters and filters to reduce the beam power.
  • Post appropriate warning signs or labels near laser setups or rooms.
  • Use a laser sign with a lightbox if operating Class 3R or 4 lasers (i.e., lasers requiring the use of a safety interlock).
  • Do not use Laser Viewing Cards in place of a proper Beam Trap.

 

Laser Classification

Lasers are categorized into different classes according to their ability to cause eye and other damage. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. The IEC document 60825-1 outlines the safety of laser products. A description of each class of laser is given below:

Class Description Warning Label
1 This class of laser is safe under all conditions of normal use, including use with optical instruments for intrabeam viewing. Lasers in this class do not emit radiation at levels that may cause injury during normal operation, and therefore the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) cannot be exceeded. Class 1 lasers can also include enclosed, high-power lasers where exposure to the radiation is not possible without opening or shutting down the laser.  Class 1
1M Class 1M lasers are safe except when used in conjunction with optical components such as telescopes and microscopes. Lasers belonging to this class emit large-diameter or divergent beams, and the MPE cannot normally be exceeded unless focusing or imaging optics are used to narrow the beam. However, if the beam is refocused, the hazard may be increased and the class may be changed accordingly.  Class 1M
2 Class 2 lasers, which are limited to 1 mW of visible continuous-wave radiation, are safe because the blink reflex will limit the exposure in the eye to 0.25 seconds. This category only applies to visible radiation (400 - 700 nm).  Class 2
2M Because of the blink reflex, this class of laser is classified as safe as long as the beam is not viewed through optical instruments. This laser class also applies to larger-diameter or diverging laser beams.  Class 2M
3R Lasers in this class are considered safe as long as they are handled with restricted beam viewing. The MPE can be exceeded with this class of laser, however, this presents a low risk level to injury. Visible, continuous-wave lasers are limited to 5 mW of output power in this class.  Class 3R
3B Class 3B lasers are hazardous to the eye if exposed directly. However, diffuse reflections are not harmful. Safe handling of devices in this class includes wearing protective eyewear where direct viewing of the laser beam may occur. In addition, laser safety signs lightboxes should be used with lasers that require a safety interlock so that the laser cannot be used without the safety light turning on. Class-3B lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 3B
4 This class of laser may cause damage to the skin, and also to the eye, even from the viewing of diffuse reflections. These hazards may also apply to indirect or non-specular reflections of the beam, even from apparently matte surfaces. Great care must be taken when handling these lasers. They also represent a fire risk, because they may ignite combustible material. Class 4 lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 4
All class 2 lasers (and higher) must display, in addition to the corresponding sign above, this triangular warning sign  Warning Symbol

FiberPort and Thread Adapters

FiberPort and Thread Adapters for Self-Contained HeNe Lasers

The SM1A32 Thread Adapter allows externally SM05-threaded or internally SM1-threaded optomechanics to be attached to the output aperture of the
HNLS008R(-EC)(-JP) or HNLS008L(-EC)(-JP) laser.

The HCL2 Adapter, which features external 5/8"-32 threading, allows a FiberPort coupler to be attached directly to the threaded aperture of our self-contained HeNe lasers or any other 5/8"-32 tapped hole. A slip-plate design allows the position of the fiberport to be shifted and locked to maximize coupling efficiency. FiberPort mounting screws are included.

FiberPort and Thread Adapters for Standard Cylindrical HeNe Lasersa

The SM05AHN Thread Adapter allows SM05-threaded components to be attached directly to the front of a HeNe laser and is ideal for enclosing a HeNe beam path using SM05 Lens Tubes.

The HCL FiberPort Adapter allows a FiberPort coupler to be attached directly to the front of a HeNe laser. Both adapters can be attached to the laser via counterbored slots that fit industry-standard M3 and 4-40 four-bolt patterns. The HCL can also be mounted via the internal C-Mount-Threaded (1.00"-32) central bore.

  • Note that these adapters are not compatible with the HNL008 Series of Cylindrical HeNe Lasers.

Mounting Adapters

Drop-In Post Clamp

C174TC Clamp Mount Application
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C174TC2Clamp for Ø1.74" (Ø44.2 mm) HeNe Lasers
RS4P8E2Ø1" Pedestal Pillar Post, 8-32 Taps, L = 4"
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C174TC2Clamp for Ø1.74" (Ø44.2 mm) HeNe Lasers
RS4P4M2Ø25.0 mm Pedestal Pillar Post, M4 Taps, L = 100 mm
The C174TC is designed specifically for mounting Ø1.74" (44.2 mm) cylindrical lasers to Thorlabs optical posts with 8-32 (M4) taps. A captive screw with a 3/32" (2.5 mm) hex secures the laser in place.

V-Clamp Post Mount

C1503 V-Clamp Mount Application
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C15131Post Kinematic V-Clamp Mount, One PM4 Clamping Arm Included
PM41Large Adjustable Clamping Arm, 6-32 Threaded Post
P81Ø1.5" Mounting Post, 1/4"-20 Taps, L = 8"
PB11Mounting Post Base, Ø2.48" x 0.40" Thick
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Item #QtyDescription
C1513/M1Post Kinematic V-Clamp Mount, Metric, One PM4/M Clamping Arm Included
PM4/M1Large Adjustable Clamping Arm, M4 Threaded Post
P200/M1Ø1.5" Mounting Post, M6 Taps, L = 200 mm
PB11Mounting Post Base, Ø2.48" x 0.40" Thick
The C1512(/M) and C1513(/M) are designed specifically for fastening Ø0.56" (14 mm) to Ø2" (50 mm) cylindrical lasers to Thorlabs' rigid Ø1.5" Posts. One PM4(/M) Clamping Arm is included with each unit and additional clamping arms can be purchased as needed here.

Post and Cage Mount

HCM2 Application
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HCM21XY Adjustable HeNe Mount for 60 mm Cage System (Imperial)
TR32Ø1/2" Optical Post, SS, 8-32 Setscrew, 1/4"-20 Tap, L = 3"
PH32Ø1/2" Post Holder, Spring-Loaded Hex-Locking Thumbscrew, L = 3"
BA22Mounting Base, 2" x 3" x 3/8"
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HCM2/M1XY Adjustable HeNe Mount for 60 mm Cage System (Metric)
TR75/M2Ø12.7 mm Optical Post, SS, M4 Setscrew, M6 Tap, L = 75 mm
PH75/M2Ø12.7 mm Post Holder, Spring-Loaded Hex-Locking Thumbscrew, L=75 mm
BA2/M2Mounting Base, 50 mm x 75 mm x 10 mm
The HCM2 Cage Mount enables integration of a cylindrical HeNe laser with a diameter between 1.74" and 1.77" (44.2 mm and 45.0 mm) into a 60 mm cage system or SM2 (2.035"-40) lens tube system. The HCM2 provides ±1.0 mm of coarse X and Y adjustment, and is compatible with Ø1/2" and Ø1" posts.

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Remote Interlock Connector for 100 - 240 VAC Power Supplies 

Interlock Disassembly

Each of Thorlabs' HeNe laser sources includes an external power supply with a remote interlock connector. The interlock connector can be disassembled for integration into an interlock system. The interlock is at AC line potential, so proper care must be taken to use the correct connectors and hardware. Be sure to confirm compatibility between the AC line and the interlock system.

The 100 - 240 VAC external power supply that comes with our cylindrical HeNe lasers uses a simplified interlock connector that includes a black, plastic cover that can be unscrewed. Once unscrewed, the shorting conductor on the connector is removed prior to integration into the interlock system (see image to the right).


Posted Comments:
Vignesh Kannan  (posted 2019-10-17 03:29:02.53)
Hello, I would like to enquire about the range of intensity fluctuation of the HNL050LB laser. We would like to use it in conjunction with the PDP90A position sensor detector. Thank you.
asundararaj  (posted 2019-10-17 05:14:10.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The intensity stability of the HNL050LB is about 0.2%. I have reached out to you directly to discuss this further.
Fernando Silva-Vazquez  (posted 2019-05-20 09:52:36.22)
About your HNL050RB, I need a new power supply, so can you sell it separately? Can you send me a quote? Thanks! Fernando Silva-Vázquez fernando.silva@uv.es
YLohia  (posted 2019-05-20 10:24:59.0)
Hello, quotes for specials and/or custom items can be requested by clicking the "Request Quote" button above. We will reach out to you directly.
Joshua Polark  (posted 2019-05-16 15:15:16.427)
Hello, It says that these HeNe lasers have a 40,000 hour lifetime. Does the quality of the laser or power degrade over the lifetime? Is 40,000 hours when it will die and shut off, or what determines when the laser is at the end of its lifetime? Thanks
asundararaj  (posted 2019-06-10 04:13:26.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The lifetime of HeNe Lasers depend on the application and the point at which the power degrades to a point where it is no longer usable in a system. This is entirely dependent on the user’s definition of what is acceptable for their application. We expect the power to degrade by 1-2% per year, and have a 1-year warranty. We have seen ~20% power drop at ~40,000 hour operating point, which is the basis of our definition of “lifetime” in this case.
abouhadba.hani  (posted 2018-11-23 09:16:59.953)
Hallo, We would like to use this He:Ne laser to measure the wavefront aberrations of the optics, therefore it would be very helpful t us to know the wavefront parameters of its laser beam in advance like(P-V, Astigmatism, Coma, defocus,... etc). Many thanks in advance Hani
YLohia  (posted 2018-12-03 12:02:06.0)
Hello Hani, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Unfortunately, we cannot specify these parameters. That being said, we do specify the mode structure to be TEM_00 > 95%.
user  (posted 2018-03-17 23:59:56.023)
What happened to the higher (21 mW) polarised 230V HeNe lasers?
YLohia  (posted 2018-03-19 02:54:41.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. We are currently working to release this laser in the near future. I will reach out to you directly to discuss this further.
doncurleybsap  (posted 2018-02-05 12:51:38.74)
I currently use for my customers that I service their FTIR's Melles Griot/Idex. They are no longer manufacturing Lasers. I use their Laser 05-LHP-607-223, HENE 0.4 to 1 mw 632.8 nm. Do not know other specs. Can you tell me if the Specs are similar, I see some are but am not knowledgeable about the other specs. Looking for a replacement for my customers. Thanks Don Curley, Bay State Analytical Products, Inc.
YLohia  (posted 2018-03-29 10:41:19.0)
Response from Yashasvi at Thorlabs USA: Hello Don, thank you for taking your time out to leave a feedback. Based on the specs provided by you, it looks like the laser you currently have has a variable power level between 0.4 and 1mW. HNL020LB is a linearly polarized HeNe (PER of 500:1) with a fixed higher output power (2mW). This can, however, be attenuated to a variety of power levels by using one of neutral density filters that can be found on this (https://www.thorlabs.com/navigation.cfm?guide_id=2088) page. If you prefer unpolarized light, you can go with HNL020RB instead. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a more in-depth comparison at this time since we don't have all the specs for the Melles Griot laser. I have reached out to you directly in case you have further questions regarding your selection.
syim  (posted 2017-11-07 20:24:21.027)
Hi, before ordering I would like to get information about the output beam height of HNLS008R-EC. Thank you.
nbayconich  (posted 2017-12-12 10:42:23.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The beam height tolerance for these parts is ±0.1". These HeNe lasers are intended to be used with steering mirrors for proper alignment. The HNLS008R-EC can also be adapted with t-nuts to attach directly to optical table bases or optical posts to adjust the height and angle of the beam. I will contact you directly with more information.
scholten  (posted 2017-10-17 15:28:45.903)
We'd like to separate the output mirror of a HeNe laser, for use in an undergrad lab experiment to measure the speed of light (if you're interested, it's described in "Measuring the speed of light using beating longitudinal modes in an open-cavity HeNe laser", Am. J. Phys. vol 78 No. 5, page 524, May 2010). For the polarized versions of your laser, is the output of the HeNe tube Brewster-angled and is the mirror separate or could it be separated? Many thanks Robert
tfrisch  (posted 2017-12-15 02:15:01.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs and sharing this application. Unfortunately, the mirrors in our HeNe lasers cannot be separated. I will reach out to you directly to discuss your application.
adithyaganesh13  (posted 2017-10-03 03:49:40.0)
I'm getting electric shock from the power supply. The type E plug is not compatible with the type D power sockets used in India, It will not be properly grounded. Can you please suggest a proper converter and where to buy it?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-10-04 11:11:57.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. If there is an electrical problem between the power supply and the standard power of the outlet, we ask that you immediately stop using it to avoid safety risks. I will put you in contact with our Indian distributor who will be able to assist with power conversion.
ksalee  (posted 2017-08-25 20:22:52.663)
I got one HNL150L-EC laser. The laser is getting heated up so much when I switch it on. I came to know the heating issue when I touch one end of the laser. Please clarify me what is the reason for this one. I found the model number written on the laser head is HNL150L-EC and on the power supply is HNL150L-EC. Did I get the compatible laser head and power supply?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-09-20 11:11:21.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. A HeNe will often be warm under normal operation. We will reach out to you directly to discuss your unit and the exact temperatures.
lawrence.lam  (posted 2017-07-25 17:17:12.813)
Could you share the frequency stability spec for the un-stabilized HeNe laser (HNL050R)
tfrisch  (posted 2017-08-17 11:35:27.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. While we don't keep a stability spec for these lasers, would expect them to be more stable than any diode laser, but certainly less stable than a frequency stabilized HeNe laser. I will reach out to you to discuss your application.
aline.vernier  (posted 2017-03-03 05:55:47.84)
Hello, Could you provide the following information about the HNL225R-EC: -is the specified divergence the half or the full angle of the beam? -where is the waist located? Many thanks in advance, Best wishes Aline
tfrisch  (posted 2017-03-13 01:56:40.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I have reached out to you directly about these laser specs.
user  (posted 2017-01-31 06:49:09.997)
Hi there, the laser is hard wired into the laboratory interlock system. Now we want to move the laser. What is the make and type of this interlock connector? No information can be found in the manual. Cheers albert
pbui  (posted 2017-01-31 09:13:54.0)
Hello Albert, It seems you didn't leave your contact information. We need your laser's model number to further assist you. Please feel free to reach out to us at techsupport@thorlabs.com or by calling 973-300-3000 for support.
carlos.montero  (posted 2016-11-17 13:15:54.587)
I have a HNL100L Laser and I would like to know exactly where the beam waist is located. Best regards. Carlos
tfrisch  (posted 2016-11-29 01:32:52.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I will reach out to you directly about the beam specifications.
michael.koller  (posted 2015-11-17 12:58:07.44)
Hello, we've got a 0.8mW HeNe Laser in a Lab here and I wonder about the Laser Class 3R and the precautions with safety glasses for red and so on.. may you explain me the calculation - in my Guess it might be Laser Class 2 in maximum... Best regards Michael Koller
jlow  (posted 2015-11-17 01:56:22.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The 0.8mW specified for the HeNe is the minimum output power. Due to manufacturing variation, some of these will have a little over 1mW which would put it in the Class IIa (3R) category.
ebenson  (posted 2015-10-02 14:25:27.953)
In which plane is the HNLS008L polarized if the housing is mounted on a breadboard via BA1L brackets and the T-nuts? Presumably it would be either vertical or horizontal.
besembeson  (posted 2015-10-09 05:30:39.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: It is vertical.
ahmmadvand  (posted 2014-03-17 10:44:40.32)
Hi, I have an HNL050L-EC laser. There is a sizzling sound in the power supply. It happens after few minutes of turning on the LASER. Then the laser output light will be unstable and flickering.
jlow  (posted 2014-03-18 11:41:12.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: I will contact you directly to provide an RMA number for sending this back to us for inspection/repair.
Laura.waller  (posted 2014-02-13 12:13:33.43)
Could you please lost the safety class of your lasers. The chart in the safety tab is too vague tone able to figure out which class each of these lasers for into
sharrell  (posted 2014-02-14 10:46:33.0)
Response from Sean at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. The safety class of each laser can be found in the products specifications sheet, which can be found by clicking on the red Docs icon next to where the item is sold. For easier access to this information we have also moved it to the web page as well.
user  (posted 2013-03-26 17:31:37.8)
Hi, I have an older model 632.8 (HRP050) HeNe laser and I was curious if it has been measured whether or not there is any significant power out put at the higher transition line near 640 nm. We're currently using the laser to align a monochromator and wanted to know if a small secondary peak near 640 nm was from the laser itself or an alignment error in monochromator.
jlow  (posted 2013-03-27 13:26:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: In a regular HeNe laser, there are a lot of non-lasing lines in the background but they are generally many orders of magnitude smaller than the main lasing line. It is therefore conceivable that a very small peak you see at 640nm could be due to that. Since an e-mail address wasn't provided, we couldn't contact you directly. If you could send us an e-mail at techsupport@thorlabs.com, we can take a look at the spectra you observe and discuss about this further.
li.ju  (posted 2013-02-05 23:50:18.24)
I have bought 2 HNL S008 R-EC. I had requested to have Australian power plugs but seemed fell to deaf ears. I could see that the plug tip is exchangable. Our safety regualation would not allow me to use an extra adaptor. I wonder if you could help or at least direct me to where I could get a replacement of the plug tips. Regards, Ju Li
tcohen  (posted 2013-02-07 16:30:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs to Ju Li: Thank you for contacting us! We have gotten in contact with you to supply a power cord suitable for an Australian standard outlet.

0.8 mW Self-Contained (632.8 nm) HeNe Lasers

HNLS008 Mechanical Drawing
Note that the output polarization applies only to lasers linearly polarized.
HCL2
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Self-Contained HeNe Lasers can be fiber-coupled using a FiberPort Coupler and HCL2 FiberPort Adapter.
Mounting Options
Groove on Bottom of Self-Contained Lasers
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Bottom Groove in Laser Housing with Two XE25T3
T-Nuts Inserted
Laser Mounted on Two Bases
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Two BA1L Bases Connected to Laser Housing via T-Nuts
  • Self-Contained Laser with Internal High-Voltage Transformer
  • Available with Linearly or Randomly Polarized Output Beam
  • CE Compliant
  • CDRH (IEC 60825-1) Laser Class: IIIa (3R)

Thorlabs' Self-Contained Helium-Neon Lasers integrate a red (632.8 nm) HeNe laser tube with a built-in voltage transformer. The rectangular housing incorporates a hard-sealed internal mirror and plasma tube design that maximizes the lifetime of the laser. The power cord and on/off rocker switch are located on the back of the housing. Please note that these self-contained lasers do not feature a remote interlock connector or an integrated shutter.

The HNLS008L lasers feature a linearly polarized output beam, which is vertically polarized with respect to the rectangular housing, while the HNLS008R features a randomly polarized output beam. These lasers are an ideal choice for applications that require low-power or ease of use, such as alignment or the classroom. The lasers have an external 120 V, 230 V (-EC), or 100 V (-JP) wall adapter that plugs into the back of the module. If you require a different adapter plug, please contact Tech Support before ordering.

Mounting Options
The output aperture is internally 5/8"-32 threaded. Our SM1A32 adapter (not included) connects to this aperture and accepts externally SM05-threaded (0.535"-40) or internally SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) optomechanics. Alternatively, the HCL2 FiberPort Adapter allows a FiberPort coupler to be attached directly to the front of the laser, as shown to the right.

In addition, as shown to the left, the bottom of the laser contains a groove that accepts our XE25T3 (XE25T3/M) Low-Profile T-Nuts, providing an easy way to use standard optomechanical bases to mount the laser to a breadboard or optical table.

Item # Power Supply Polarization Ratio Powera 1/e2 Beam Diameter Divergence LMSb Noise (RMS)c Laser Classd
HNLS008L 120 VAC 500:1 0.8 mW 0.48 mm 1.7 mrad 1090 MHz <1.0% 3R
HNLS008L-EC 230 VAC
HNLS008L-JP 100 VAC
HNLS008R 120 VAC Unpolarized
HNLS008R-EC 230 VAC
HNLS008R-JP 100 VAC
  • Minimum Power Measured at 633 nm
  • Longitudinal Mode Spacing
  • 30 Hz to 10 MHz
  • During normal operation, the cavity length, and hence the power, can vary. Thus, these class 3R lasers can exceed the specified minimum power.
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2 mW Red (632.8 nm) HeNe Lasers

HNL020 Mechanical Drawing
Note that the output polarization applies only to lasers linearly polarized.
  • 2.0 mW Red (632.8 nm) Output
  • Linear (500:1 Polarization Ratio) or Random Polarization
  • External Power Supply Included

Thorlabs' cylindrical, 2.0 mW, red (632.8 nm) Helium-Neon lasers feature a tube design that makes them easy to mount in nearly any optical system. These lasers are offered with either linear (500:1 polarization ratio) or random polarization. The linearly polarized beam is polarized vertically with respect to the cable at the rear of the laser's housing. A built-in interlock circuit is included that can be integrated with lab safety systems (see Interlock Disassembly tab for details). An external power supply and a location-specific power cord are included.

Item # Power Supply Polarization Ratio Power 1/e2 Beam Diametera Divergenceb LMSc Noise (RMS)d Operating Voltage Operating Current Laser Class
HNL020LB 100 - 240 VAC 500:1 2.0 mW 0.63 mm 1.3 mrad 730 MHz 0.1% 1800 VDC 6.5 mA 3R
HNL020RB 100 - 240 VAC Unpolarized
  • TEM00, 1/e2 Points ± 3%  b. TEM00, ±3% c.  Longitudinal Mode Spacing  d.  30 Hz to 10 MHz
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5 mW Red (632.8 nm) HeNe Lasers

HNL050 Mechanical Drawing
Note that the output polarization applies only to lasers linearly polarized.
  • 5.0 mW Red (632.8 nm) Output
  • Linear (500:1 Polarization Ratio) or Random Polarization
  • External Power Supply Included

Thorlabs' cylindrical, 5.0 mW, red (632.8 nm) Helium-Neon lasers feature a tube design that makes them easy to mount in nearly any optical system. These lasers are offered with either linear (500:1 polarization ratio) or random polarization. The linearly polarized beam is polarized vertically with respect to the cable at the rear of the laser's housing. A built-in interlock circuit is included that can be integrated with lab safety systems (see Interlock Disassembly tab for details). An external power supply and a location-specific power cord are included.

Item # Power Supply Polarization Ratio Power 1/e2 Beam Diametera Divergenceb LMSc Noise (RMS)d Operating Voltage Operating Current Laser Class
HNL050LB 100 - 240 VAC 500:1 5.0 mW 0.81 mm 1.0 mrad 435 MHz 0.2% 2300 VDC 6.0 mA 3B
HNL050RB 100 - 240 VAC Unpolarized
  • TEM00, 1/e2 Points ± 3%  b. TEM00, ±3%   c.  Longitudinal Mode Spacing  d.  30 Hz to 10 MHz
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10 mW Red (632.8 nm) HeNe Lasers

HNL100 Mechanical Drawing
Note that the output polarization applies only to lasers linearly polarized.
  • 10.0 mW Red (632.8 nm) Output
  • Linear (500:1 Polarization Ratio) or Random Polarization
  • External Power Supply Included

Thorlabs' cylindrical, 10.0 mW, red (632.8 nm) Helium-Neon lasers feature a tube design that makes them easy to mount in nearly any optical system. These lasers are offered with either linear (500:1 polarization ratio) or random polarization. The linearly polarized beam is polarized vertically with respect to the cable at the rear of the laser's housing. A built-in interlock circuit is included that can be integrated with lab safety systems (see Interlock Disassembly tab for details). An external power supply and a location-specific power cord are included.

Item # Power Supply Polarization Ratio Power 1/e2 Beam Diametera Divergenceb LMSc Noise (RMS)d Operating Voltage Operating Current Laser Class
HNL100LB 100 - 240 VAC 500:1 10.0 mW 0.68 mm 1.2 mrad 320 MHz 1.0% 3100 VDC 6.5 mA 3B
HNL100RB 100 - 240 VAC Unpolarized
  • TEM00, 1/e2 Points ± 3%  b. TEM00, ±3%  c.  Longitudinal Mode Spacing  d.  30 Hz to 10 MHz
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15 mW Red (632.8 nm) HeNe Lasers

HNL150 Mechanical Drawing
Note that the output polarization applies only to lasers linearly polarized.
  • 15.0 mW Red (632.8 nm) Output
  • Linear (500:1 Polarization Ratio) or Random Polarization
  • External Power Supply Included

Thorlabs' cylindrical, 15.0 mW, red (632.8 nm) Helium-Neon lasers feature a tube design that makes them easy to mount in nearly any optical system. These lasers are offered with either linear (500:1 polarization ratio) or random polarization. The linearly polarized beam is polarized vertically with respect to the cable at the rear of the laser's housing. A built-in interlock circuit is included that can be integrated with lab safety systems (see Interlock Disassembly tab for details). An external power supply and a location-specific power cord are included.

Item # Power Supply Polarization Ratio Power 1/e2 Beam Diametera Divergenceb LMSc Noise (RMS)d Operating Voltage Operating Current Laser Class
HNL150LB 100 - 240 VAC 500:1 15.0 mW 0.70 mm 1.15 mrad 257 MHz 0.5% 3800 VDC 6.5 mA 3B
HNL150RB 100 - 240 VAC Unpolarized
  • TEM00, 1/e2 Points ± 3%  b. TEM00, ±3%  c.  Longitudinal Mode Spacing  d.  30 Hz to 10 MHz
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$2,588.60
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HNL150RBCustomer Inspired! HeNe Laser, 632.8 nm, 15 mW, Random, 100 - 240 VAC Power Supply Included
$2,535.55
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21.0 mW - 22.5 mW Red (632.8 nm) HeNe Lasers

HNL150 Mechanical Drawing
Note that the output polarization applies only to lasers linearly polarized.
  • 21.0 mW Red (632.8 nm) Output with Linear, 500:1 Polarization
  • 22.5 mW Red (632.8 nm) Output with Random Polarization
  • External Power Supply Included

Thorlabs' cylindrical red (632.8 nm) Helium-Neon lasers feature a tube design that makes them easy to mount in nearly any optical system. The HNL210LB outputs a 21.0 mW, linearly polarized beam that is polarized vertically with respect to the cable at the rear of the laser's housing. The HNL225R model offers a 22.5 mW, randomly polarized output. A built-in interlock circuit can be integrated with lab safety systems (see Interlock Disassembly tab for details). An external power supply and a location-specific power cord are included.

Item # Power Supply Polarization Ratio Power 1/e2 Beam Diametera Divergenceb LMSc Noise (RMS)d Operating Voltage Operating Current Laser Class
HNL210LB 100 - 240 VAC 500:1 21.0 mW 0.70 mm 1.15 mrad 257 MHz 0.5% 3800 VDC 6.5 mA 3B
HNL225RB 100 - 240 VAC Unpolarized 22.5 mW
  • TEM00, 1/e2 Points ± 3%  b. TEM00, ±3%  c.  Longitudinal Mode Spacing  d.  30 Hz to 10 MHz
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HNL225RB Support Documentation
HNL225RBCustomer Inspired! HeNe Laser, 632.8 nm, 22.5 mW, Random, 100 - 240 VAC Power Supply Included
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