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Laser Diode Tools and Accessories


  • Sockets for Laser Diodes
  • Strain Relief Provides Safe and Convenient Access to Laser Diodes
  • Hand-Held Can Remover

SR9A

S8060

Ø9.0 mm LD

S8060-4

Ø9.0 mm LD

S7060R

Ø5.6 mm LD

WR1

Designed to Remove Cans from
Standard Laser Diode Packages

S038S

Ø3.8 mm LD

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Socket Selection Guide
Laser Diodes
Light Emitting Diodes
Photodiodes

Thorlabs offers a versatile range of accessories for convenient integration of laser diodes into functional systems. These laser diode sockets are ideal for OEM-type implementations and are compatible with our selection of Ø3.8 mm, Ø5.6 mm, Ø9 mm, and TO-5 laser diode packages. Our large selection of strain-relieved assemblies provides a safe and convenient method of connecting your Ø5.6 mm to Ø9 mm laser diodes to our line of Laser Diode Drivers.

Thorlabs also offers a hand-held diode can opener (WR1) designed to remove the cap from TO-style diode packages. Removing the cap from the diode package allows for closer access to the actual laser chip and is beneficial when the entrance windows are adversely impacting an optical signal with etalon effects or wavelength filtering.

Laser Diode Accessory Selection Guide
Temperature Controlled
Mounts
Passive Mounts Passive Mounts with
Collimation Package
Strain Relief Cables Diode Sockets Controllers

Strain Relief Cable DB9 Connector Pin Configurations

D-type Male

DB9 Male
The following pin configurations are provided for strain relief cables that use a DB9 connector (Item #'s ending in -DB9) when used with the compatible style of laser diode. Each relief cable with bare wire leads has the same wire-color-to-laser-diode-pin configuration as its DB9-terminated counterpart.

Pin Configuration for SR9A-DB9, SR9D-DB9,
SR9F-DB9, SR9HA-DB9, and SR9HF-DB9
Pin Wire Color Connection
1 - Connected to Pin 5a
2 White Photodiode Cathode (PDK) /
Laser Diode Anode (LDA)
3
4 Red Photodiode Anode (PDA)
5 - Connected to Pin 1a
6 - -
7 Green Laser Diode Cathode (LDK)
8 - -
9 - -
  • Pins 1 and 5 are connected for compatibility with drivers that need the interlock to be grounded on one of these pins.
Pin Configuration for SR9B-DB9 and SR9HB-DB9
Pin Wire Color Connection
1 - Connected to Pin 5a
2 White Photodiode Cathode (PDK) /
Laser Diode Cathode (LDK)
3
4 Red Photodiode Anode (PDA)
5 - Connected to Pin 1a
6 - -
7 - -
8 Green Laser Diode Anode (LDA)
9 - -
  • Pins 1 and 5 are connected for compatibility with drivers that need the interlock to be grounded on one of these pins.
Pin Configuration for SR9C-DB9
Pin Wire Color Connection
1 - Connected to Pin 5a
2 Red Photodiode Cathode (PDK)
3 White Photodiode Anode (PDA) /
Laser Diode Cathode (LDK)
4
5 - Connected to Pin 1a
6 - -
7 - -
8 Green Laser Diode Anode (LDA)
9 - -
  • Pins 1 and 5 are connected for compatibility with drivers that need the interlock to be grounded on one of these pins.

Posted Comments:
apalmentieri  (posted 2009-12-15 16:53:37.0)
A response from Adam at Thorlabs: Currently, we do not offer this as a stock item. The part number for the replacement blade is WR1-3 and is $13.75. This can be ordered by contacting our sales department at 973-300-3000 or sales@thorlabs.com.
naranjo  (posted 2009-12-15 16:33:43.0)
Do you have replacement blades for the WR1 can opener? My blade is a bit chipped and rusty.

Sockets for Laser Diodes

  • Sockets Compatible with Ø3.8 mm, Ø5.6 mm, Ø9 mm, or TO-5 Can Laser Diodes
  • Models Available with 3 or 4 Gold-Plated Beryllium Copper (BeCu) Contacts

Thorlabs offers a range of laser diode sockets that provide compatibility with our wide selection of Ø3.8 mm, Ø5.6 mm, Ø9 mm, and TO-5 Can laser diode packages. These sockets have gold-plated BeCu contacts and meet RoHS compliance. The S8060 and S8060-4 sockets have a polarization dot on the top of the package (see drawings below for more information). Colors vary by lot and may be white, off white, black, or tan.

Item # S038S S7060R ST05S S8060 S8060-4
Photo
(Click to Enlarge)
S6070R S6070R S8060 S8060-4
Material Beryllium Copper (BeCu)
Insulator FR-4 PTFE
Compatible Lead Diameters 0.008" - 0.014"
(0.20 mm - 0.36 mm)
0.016" - 0.020"
(0.41 - 0.51 mm)
Ø0.015" - Ø0.020"
(0.38 mm - 0.51 mm)
0.016" - 0.020"
(0.41 - 0.51 mm)
Compatible Lead Lengths ≤0.09" (2.27 mm) ≤0.15" (3.8 mm)
Outer Diameter 0.153" (3.9 mm) 0.20" (5.1 mm) 9.1 mm (0.36") 0.25" (6.4 mm) 0.25" (6.4 mm)
Substrate Thickness 0.093" (2.4 mm) 0.062" (1.6 mm) 3.18 mm (0.125") 0.19" (4.8 mm) 0.19" (4.8 mm)
Drawing
(Click for Details)
S038S S7060R S8060 S8060-4
Compatibility
Laser Diodes Ø3.8 mm Yes x x x x
Ø5.6 mm x Yes x o o
Ø9.0 mm x x x Yes Yes
TO Can Packages TO-5 x x x x
TO-18 x x x o o
TO-46 x x x o o

Yes Fully Compatible
o Not a Perfect Fit, but Functional
x Not Compatible

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S038S Support Documentation
S038SLaser Diode Socket for Ø3.8 mm Laser, 3 Pin
$3.96
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S7060R Support Documentation
S7060RLaser Diode Socket for Ø5.6 mm Laser, 3 Pin
$5.61
Volume Pricing
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STO5S Support Documentation
STO5SSolder Tail Photodiode Socket for TO-5 and TO-39 Diodes
$3.77
Today
S8060 Support Documentation
S8060Laser Diode Socket for Ø9 mm Laser, 3 Pin
$6.99
Volume Pricing
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S8060-4 Support Documentation
S8060-4Laser Diode Socket for Ø9 mm Laser, 4 Pin
$7.60
Today

ESD Protection and Strain Relief

Item # Supported
Pin Style
Max LD
Forward Voltage
SR9A A and E 3.3 V
SR9B B and H
SR9C C and H
SR9D D
SR9F F and G
SR9HA A and E 7.5 V
SR9HB B and H
SR9HF F and G

Note: A -DB9 at the end of the part number indicates a DB9 connector. Otherwise, the end of the cable is terminated with bare wires.

These strain relief and ESD protection products offer a convenient means of connecting a Ø5.6 mm or Ø9 mm laser diode to many of Thorlabs' laser diode controllers. Each model comes with a laser socket mounted to a small printed circuit board (PCB). The PCB contains a Schottky diode to clamp any reverse voltages that might appear across the laser diode, as well as a Zener diode to shunt any excessive voltages or ESD away from the diode.

Each model corresponds to one or more of the standard Pin Styles for laser diodes (see the diagram below) and is compatible with our Laser Diode Collimation and Focusing Tubes, Ø1/2" Post Mounts, and Cage Plate Mounts. SR9 models are designed for laser diodes with forward voltages up to 3.3 V, while SR9H models are designed for laser diodes with forward voltages up to 7.5 V. Each strain relief is available with or without a DB9 connector. Models with item #'s that end in -DB9 are pin compatible with many of our Laser Diode Controllers (see the strain relief cable and controller pin diagrams to determine compatibility). 

Note: These cables are not designed to provide any temperature regulation. More information on temperature regulating a laser diode is provided in the Laser Diode Tutorial.

Supported Laser Diode Pin Codes
Supported Pin Codes

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SR9A Support Documentation
SR9AESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes A and E, 3.3 V
$51.00
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SR9A-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9A-DB9ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes A and E, 3.3 V, with DB9
$54.32
Today
SR9B Support Documentation
SR9BESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes B and H, 3.3 V
$51.00
Today
SR9B-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9B-DB9ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes B and H, 3.3 V, with DB9
$54.32
Today
SR9C Support Documentation
SR9CESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes C and H, 3.3 V
$51.00
Today
SR9C-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9C-DB9ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes C and H, 3.3 V, with DB9
$54.32
Today
SR9D Support Documentation
SR9DESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Code D, 3.3 V
$51.00
Today
SR9D-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9D-DB9ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Code D, 3.3 V, with DB9
$54.32
Today
SR9F Support Documentation
SR9FESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes F and G, 3.3 V
$51.00
Today
SR9F-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9F-DB9ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes F and G, 3.3 V, with DB9
$54.32
Today
SR9HA Support Documentation
SR9HACustomer Inspired! ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes A and E, 7.5 V
$51.00
Today
SR9HA-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9HA-DB9Customer Inspired! ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes A and E, 7.5 V, with DB9
$54.32
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SR9HB Support Documentation
SR9HBCustomer Inspired! ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes B and H, 7.5 V
$51.00
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SR9HB-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9HB-DB9Customer Inspired! ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes B and H, 7.5 V, with DB9
$54.32
Today
SR9HF Support Documentation
SR9HFESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes F and G, 7.5 V
$51.00
Today
SR9HF-DB9 Support Documentation
SR9HF-DB9ESD Protection and Strain Relief Cable, Pin Codes F and G, 7.5 V, with DB9
$54.32
Today

Can Opener for Laser Diodes and Photodiodes

  • Ideal for: Ø2 mm through Ø24 mm Laser Diode Packages
  • Compatible with TO-3, TO-5, TO-8, TO-18, TO-39, and TO-46 Packages

The WR1 is a hand-held device designed to remove the cans from standard laser packages. Many applications, such as fiber pigtailing, can be optimized by having closer access to the laser chip.

Operation is as simple as placing a diode onto the two rollers at the front of the device, lightly applying pressure with the rubber covered grips, and turning the blade actuator (as shown in the image to the right). The precision ground, hardened steel blade will easily cut through the wall of the diode can, safely removing it. For packages greater than 20 mm (0.8") in diameter, the rollers must be removed and reinstalled in their outer mounting positions using a 5/64" (2 mm) hex key.

The WR1 is also compatible with any photodiodes and LEDs packaged in one of the TO can sizes listed above.

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WR1 Support Documentation
WR1Can Opener for Laser Diodes
$137.70
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