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Compact Stabilized Broadband Light Sources


  • Stabilized Light Sources for 360 - 2600 nm, 450 - 5500 nm, or 500 - 9000 nm
  • Stabilized Color Temperature and Output Power
  • Long Lifespan: 10 000 Hours (Average)

SLS202L

Broadband 450 - 5500 nm Source with SLS202C Collimation Package (Sold Separately)

SLS201L

Broadband 360 - 2600 nm Source with Included SMA Fiber Patch Cable Connected to the Output

SLS252

Replacement Bulb for the
SLS202L(/M) Stabilized Light Source

SLS203L

Broadband 500 - 9000 nm Source with Free Space Output

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Key Specificationsa
Item # SLS201L(/M) SLS202L(/M) SLS203L(/M)
Wavelength Range 360 - 2600 nm 450 - 5500 nm 500 - 9000 nm
Peak Wavelength 1000 nm 1500 nm 2400 nm
Bulb Electrical Power 9 W 7.2 W 24 W
Output Coupling Fiber Coupled (SMA) and
Free Space
Free Space
Coupled Optical Power 10 mWb 2 mWc >1.5 Wd
Included Fiber Patch Cable M28L01 Not Includede N/A
Output Power Stabilityf <0.05%
Output Power Drift per Hour 0.01% 0.03%
Output Power Drift per °C 0.1%
Color Temperature 2796 K 1900 K 1500 K
Color Temperature Stability ±15 K
Included Power Supply Universal AC/DC Converter,
90 - 264 VAC, 47 - 63 Hz
  • Please see the Specs tab for full list of specifications.
  • Measured with the included M28L01 fiber patch cable at beginning of bulb lifetime.
  • Measured with Thorlabs' MZ41L1 ZrF4 MIR patch cable at the beginning of bulb lifetime.
  • Measured directly at the output port with the front lens tube removed.
  • We recommend a mid-IR fluoride fiber patch cable or fiber bundle for this light source.
  • Standard deviation of optical power measured at room temperature over a 1 hour period with 1 Hz sampling rate after a 45 minutes warm-up. Please see the Graphs tab for the results of our stability testing.
Accessories
  • Collimation Packages
  • Replacement Light Bulb Modules
  • Extra Filter Holders
  • Blank Insert
  • Variable Attenuator Insert

Features

  • Broadband Light Sources for Visible Through IR Wavelengths
  • Constant, Stable Intensity Output
    • 0.1% per °C
    • 0.01% per Hour (SLS201L & SLS202L)
    • 0.03% per Hour (SLS203L)
  • Closed-Loop Control for High Stability
    • Output Power Stability: <0.05%
    • Color Temperature Stability: ±15 K
  • 10 000 Hour Average Lifespan
  • SMA Fiber Interface or Free Space Output
  • Removable Filter Holder Accepts Ø1" and Ø25 mm Filters
  • Compatible with 30 mm Cage System
  • Low-Noise Fan Cooling

Thorlabs' Stabilized Light Sources provide a constant-intensity blackbody radiation spectrum from 360 to 2600 nm, 450 to 5500 nm, or 500 to 9000 nm. An internal feedback system is employed to achieve a highly stable power output. The superior performance of Thorlabs' stabilized light sources makes them ideal for experiments that require high accuracy and stability, such as transmittance and reflectance measurements.

Each light source features an integrated filter holder and offers either a fiber-coupled output with an SMA connector [Item #s SLS201L(/M) and SLS202L(/M)] or free-space output [Item # SLS203L(/M)]. The fiber coupling package on the fiber-coupled sources can be replaced with a collimation package (sold separately) for free-space applications. The quick-release mechanism used to mount the fiber coupling package ensures coupling efficiency is maintained when replacing the fiber coupling package. Internally-threaded lens tubes can also be attached directly to the front of each light source using the SM1QAM Quick-Release Adapter for custom optical systems. The compact design of our light sources (see Specs tab) gives the user flexibility with positioning this light source on a crowded optical table. Each light source can be post mounted by using the two 1/4"-20 (M6) taps on the bottom of the device and our Ø1" posts.

The front face features four 4-40 taps (as shown in the left image below) for Ø6 mm cage rods, making this device compatible with Thorlabs' 30 mm cage system. The back face has an on/off toggle switch, power indicator LED, and power connection (see image to the bottom right). A filter holder is included with each lamp. This filter holder can accommodate Ø1" and Ø25 mm optics up to 0.31" (8.0 mm) thick, allowing bandpass filters to be placed in the light path for applications requiring constant-intensity illumination at a specific wavelength. Alternatively, a sample can be installed in the filter holder between two glass plates, allowing this light source to be used for material analysis. An included SM1RR retaining ring is used to secure the optic inside the holder. We recommend the SPW602 spanner wrench to secure the retaining ring without damaging the optic. The filter holder can be locked into place using the included hex key and a setscrew located on the side of the device (see the center image below). The light sources are also compatible with the CFH2-F filter holder (sold separately below), enabling the user to quickly change between different filters or samples. Additionally, the CFH2-V Variable Attenuator Insert can be used in place of the filter holder to partially or completely block light from passing through the aperture.

Replacement bulbs are available for all three stabilized light sources. Please see the Bulb Replacement tab for detailed instructions on how to replace the bulbs in these lamps. Be sure to purchase the appropriate collimation package and bulb module for each lamp, as they are not interchangeable. If a higher color temperature is desired, our color-balancing filters can be used to attenuate red light from the light sources while passing blue light. This results in a beam with a higher color temperature and lower total power.

The removable filter holder (filters sold separately) allows the user to mount Ø25 mm or Ø1" optics inside the stabilized light source. The front face of the light source features four 4-40 tapped holes, making it compatible with our 30 mm cage system.

The filter holder can be locked into place with the filter setscrew located on the side of the housing. The fiber coupling package included with the SLS201L and SLS202L sources can be quickly removed and replaced with a collimation package.

The on/off switch, power indicator, and power input are located on the back of each light source.

Item # SLS201L(/M) SLS202L(/M) SLS203L(/M)
Wavelength Range 360 - 2600 nm 450 - 5500 nm 500 - 9000 nm
Peak Wavelength 1000 nm 1500 nm 2400 nm
Bulb Electrical Power 9 W 7.2 W 24 W
Output Coupling Fiber Coupled (SMA) and
Free Space
Free Space
Fiber-Coupled Optical Power 10 mWa 2 mWb N/A
Free-Space Optical Power 500 mWc 400 mWc >1.5 W
Collimated Optical Powerd 60 mW 15 mW N/A
Included Fiber Patch Cable M28L01 Not Includede
Beam Divergence without Fiber Couplerf 8.2° 13.8°
Beam Divergence with Optional Collimatorf 1.4°
Beam Diameter with Optional Collimatorg 24 mm 10 mm
Output Power Stabilityh <0.05%
Optical Power Drift per Hour 0.01% (Typical) 0.03% (Typical)
Optical Power Drift per °C 0.1% (Typical)
Color Temperature 2796 K 1900 K 1500 K
Color Temperature Stability ±15 K
Lifespan 10 000 Hours (Avg.)
Compatible Filter Size Ø1" and Ø25 mm up to 0.31" (8.0 mm) thick
Operating Temperature 0 °C to 45 °C
Storage Temperature -15 °C to 70 °C
Included Power Supply Universal AC/DC Converter, 90 - 264 VAC at 47 - 63 Hz
Dimensions (L × W × H) 216.4 mm × 55.0 mm x 57.5 mm
(8.52" × 2.17" x 2.26")
209.1 mm × 55.0 mm x 57.5 mm
(8.23" × 2.17" x 2.26")
  • Measured with included M28L01 fiber patch cable at beginning of bulb lifetime.
  • Measured with Thorlabs' MZ41L1 ZrF4 MIR patch cable at the beginning of bulb lifetime.
  • Measured at the output port of the light source with fiber coupler removed.
  • Measured with optional collimation package.
  • We recommend a mid-IR fluoride fiber patch cable or fiber bundle for this light source.
  • Half angle; design value @ 587 nm.
  • Measured 10 cm away from the collimation package.
  • Standard deviation of optical power measured at room temperature over a 1 hour period with 1 Hz sampling rate after a 45 minute warm-up. Please see the Graphs tab for the results of our stability testing.

Each spectrum below is compared to the blackbody spectrum with the equivalent color temperature. Each curve is normalized to its peak. The measured SLS202L and SLS203L spectra stop at 5500 nm due to limits in the instrument's detection range. The structures in the measured light source spectra are due to absorption from various molecules such as H2O and CO2. The stability graph below is a typical comparison of light source stability over time with accompanying room temperature data.

Stabilized Light Source Comparison
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A long-term time comparison between the performance of Thorlabs' SLS series of stabilized light sources and changes in room temperature.

Stabilized Light Source Power Connector

Kinematic Breadboard Seats Application
Item # SLS201(/M) SLS202(/M) SLS203L(/M)
Pin Description
1 + 12 V Reserved
2 Ground
3 Reserved + 24 V

The installation instructions and video below detail the recommended procedure for replacing the bulb in the SLS201L(/M) [replacement bulb item # SLS251], SLS202L(/M) [replacement bulb item # SLS252], and SLS203L(/M) [replacement bulb item # SLS253] Stabilized Light Sources. Be sure to install the correct bulb in its corresponding lamp, as the bulbs are not interchangeable.

We strongly recommend wearing gloves when replacing the bulb to prevent skin oils from being deposited onto the bulb. If you suspect the bulb is dirty, carefully clean it with alcohol before connecting it to a power supply.


Bulb Replacement Procedure

Open the Cavity

  1. Using a 2 mm hex key, remove the screw closest to the end of the unit on the left and right sides. Do not remove the screws closest to the fan ventilation holes.
  2. Using the same 2 mm hex key, remove the four screws securing the cavity cover, located on the underside of the unit.

Remove the Old Bulb

  1. Unplug the white plug that is connected to the bulb module. This plug is located on the far side of the circuit board if the output aperture of the lamp is facing to the right.
  2. Using the 1.5 mm ball-end hex key included with each replacement bulb, remove the cap screw located about half way down on the aluminum divider that separates the PCB chamber and the bulb chamber.
  3. Remove the old bulb by sliding the wire and attached plug out through the hole in the aluminum divider.
    Note: Two aluminum dowel pins, located on either side of the bulb module, may slip out of their holes while the bulb is being removed. Be careful not to misplace them as they are needed for the new bulb installation.

Install the New Bulb

  1. Place the two dowel pins in their corresponding holes in the new bulb module.
  2. Slide the new bulb module in the bulb chamber, point up. Pass the wire and plug through the hole in the divider first and then insert the module. The two dowel pins should slide smoothly into the holes in the divider.
  3. While pressing the bulb against the divider, screw the cap screw back in using the included 1.5 mm ball-end hex key.
  4. Insert the white plug back into the circuit board and secure the cavity cover.

Reflection Spectroscopy Application

These broadband light sources can be used along with our reflection spectroscopy probes, CCD spectrometers, and fiber probe holders to take diffuse reflection, specular reflection, and color measurements.

Reflection Spectroscopy Fiber Probe Bundle

Spectrometers
Thorlabs offers several CCD-based spectrometers for use in the visible, NIR, or UV to NIR spectral ranges. The CCS100 and CCS175 operate in the 350 - 700 nm and 500 - 1000 nm spectral ranges with 0.5 nm and 0.6 nm resolution, respectively. The extended-range CCS200 operates in the 200 - 1000 nm spectral range with 2.0 nm resolution, but the UV range may be heavily attenuated when analyzing broadband spectra.

Light Sources
The SLS201L tungsten-halogen broadband fiber-coupled light source, sold below, delivers a 2796 K blackbody-type spectrum in the 360 - 2600 nm wavelength range and has active electronic stabilization for low spectral and intensity drift. Alternatively, the SLS202L light source delivers similar performance with a 1900 K color temperature and 450 - 5500 nm emission range, while the SLS203L provides free space output with a 1500 K temperature and 500 - 9000 nm emission range. We also offer fiber-coupled LEDs available with a selection of peak wavelengths or a broadband white-light emission spectra.

Alternatively, if the reflection probe is not used for illumination, Thorlabs offers a wide range of broadband and single wavelength light sources that are free-space or operate with a single fiber cable output. Our free-space and liquid light guide-coupled plasma light sources offer extremely intense illumination with a blackbody-type emission spectrum. Our line of fiber-coupled laser sources offers a selection of options for intense single-wavelength illumination.

Diffuse Reflection Holder
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Diffuse Measurement Taken at 45° Using RPH Holder Block

Reflection Probe Fiber Bundles
Thorlabs offers reflection probes with either high-OH or low-OH multimode fiber for wavelengths from 250 - 1200 nm and 400 - 2400 nm, respectively. Probes are available with a sample end that terminates in either a Ø1/4" probe or an SMA905 connector. We also offer Ø1/4" and SMA-terminated probes with linear fiber bundle spectrometer ends for increased spectrometer coupling efficiency for samples with low reflectance.

If the coaxial illumination provided by a reflection probe bundle is not critical, separate fiber patch cables or bundles with SMA connectors can be used for illumination and signal collection. Our large-core round bundles maximize illumination intensity, while our single-fiber multimode SMA patch cables are useful for precise illumination, or for connection to a fiber-coupled laser. We also offer round-to-linear fiber bundles, which maximize signal strength at the spectrometer.

Reflection Probe Holders
Thorlabs offers the RPS and RPS-SMA fiber probe stands (RPS-SMA shown above and to the right), which allow for precise, stable positioning of the fiber optic probe at an angle of 90° or 45° relative to the sample. The probe holder arms (also sold separately) can also be integrated into other optomechanical setups using Ø1/2" posts. Alternatively, the RPH and RPH-SMA probe holder blocks sit directly on a sample, allowing the fiber tip to be positioned close to the surface and also blocking out room lights from the area under test.


Posted Comments:
jeremie.dain  (posted 2017-08-19 06:48:52.9)
Hi, Can you check the coupled power with M96L and M15L fibers?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-08-28 11:19:08.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. A very rough estimate would equate the power ratio to the core area ratio which would yield under 1mW coupling efficiency. I will reach out to you directly about how to better estimate the coupled power.
guillaume.paradis  (posted 2017-08-11 14:21:35.75)
Would it be possible to get a power spectral density for this product? (dBm/nm). Also is it possible to get other kind of fiber adapter (FC for example)
tfrisch  (posted 2017-08-16 06:40:11.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The reason we use arbitrary units for the power is because it will depend on the core size of the fiber used or whether it is coupled to freespace. We list the raw data normalized, so to convert, you would just multiply every cell by the total power you measure through your fiber in mW and divide by the sum of the column with normalized units. You could then convert that to dBm. As for adapting to an FC fiber, the S120-SMA adapter can be unscrewed and replaced with S120-FC or another fiber adapter with internal SM1 threads. I will reach out to you directly to discuss this as well.
tfrisch  (posted 2017-08-16 06:40:11.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The reason we use arbitrary units for the power is because it will depend on the core size of the fiber used or whether it is coupled to freespace. We list the raw data normalized, so to convert, you would just multiply every cell by the total power you measure through your fiber in mW and divide by the sum of the column with normalized units. You could then convert that to dBm. As for adapting to an FC fiber, the S120-SMA adapter can be unscrewed and replaced with S120-FC or another fiber adapter with internal SM1 threads. I will reach out to you directly to discuss this as well.
p.blasco  (posted 2017-02-07 04:51:45.357)
I have the SLS203 source. Since the source is until 9000 nm, does it is possible to have the measured spectrum until this wl?
tcampbell  (posted 2017-02-07 09:32:48.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: the detector used to measure the spectral power data is only optimized for wavelengths up to 5500 nm. However, the SLS203L will behave similarly to a black body at 1500 K for wavelengths up to 9000 nm. The 1500 K black body spectral data is available by clicking the Raw Data link underneath the SLS203L Spectral Power Distribution plot in the Graphs tab.
samzlemieux  (posted 2016-09-27 16:18:41.753)
I have an SLS201. I wanted to download the spectral power distribution from the Thorlabs website, but the product was discontinued. Can you send me the spectral power distribution of the SLS201?
jlow  (posted 2016-09-29 11:36:37.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The SLS201 and SLS201L uses the same bulb and optic so you can use the spectral power distribution data for the SLS201L on the website.
tfrisch  (posted 2016-08-25 09:02:34.573)
Hello lleclair, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The spectrum listed is for the bulb and a collimating lens necessary to use our Optical Spectrum Analyzer. I have contacted you with more details. -Tyler at Thorlabs USA
lleclair  (posted 2016-08-02 14:53:16.08)
The emission spectrum shown can't be correct for a quartz halogen lamp, H2O and CO2 alone in the air cannot account for the apparent spectral features. I think the emission spectrum shown must be after light has traveled though the fiber optic. Can you please provide an emission spectrum for the SLS201L that shows the output of the source only, without any attachments, fiber optics or collimator?
jonathan.rasson  (posted 2015-12-17 22:43:38.42)
Hello, like hyunhuh I'm interest in data concerning the power density depending on the wavelength. Would it be possible to obtain any information about this?
besembeson  (posted 2015-12-21 06:33:43.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: We don't currently have this data, but we are working on this and will publish on the website once we complete the measurements.
hyunhuh  (posted 2015-11-09 15:22:02.347)
I wonder if you could get a graph, spectral power density (mW/nm) vs wavelength.
smcelwee  (posted 2015-11-16 11:25:34.0)
Response from Sean M at Thorlabs USA: Thank you for your inquiry. I'm currently looking into your request and will contact your directly to discuss this further.
cristina.roisorza  (posted 2015-09-25 12:38:45.94)
Hello. I contact again because we have not had any answer yet. we really need a broadband source for measuring fiber optic devices with an OSA (1200 - 1700 nm). Could you tell the energy level for the SLS201 if we work with a single mode fiber (G652D). Thank you very much CRO
cristina.roisorza  (posted 2015-09-11 14:31:32.833)
Hello. I need a broadband source for measuring fiber optic devices with an OSA (1200 - 1700 nm). The SLS201 is very promising, but could you tell the energy level for the mentioned interval if we use a single mode fiber (G652D). Thank you CRO
besembeson  (posted 2015-09-28 01:54:28.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: The SLS201 was designed for use with our OSA200 series with free space and multimode fiber coupling. In general, I expect that you would have very low coupling efficiency to a single mode fiber with a broadband source such as the SLS201 which may not be suitable for your OSA. We plan on doing some tests with our OSAs from SLS201 source coupled to a single mode fiber and I will follow-up with you once we have the data. For now, I would recommend our broadband SLDs if the wavelength span is enough for your application: http://www.thorlabs.hk/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=1760
malleblas  (posted 2015-08-11 00:12:41.99)
I am wondering if it is possible to vary the lamp temperature. I want to use this for a quick cross check verification of radiation thermometers in-situ against a calibrated reference radiation thermometer.
jlow  (posted 2015-08-25 03:22:35.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Unfortunately the lamp temperature cannot be changed.
jma215  (posted 2015-06-02 11:53:06.63)
I am interested in the SLS201 with collimation package, and in my set up would need to narrow the beam to a diameter of about 2mm. What would you recommend to do this, while minimizing beam divergence?
besembeson  (posted 2015-08-28 12:24:34.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: After you collimate the beam using the SLSC1, you can use a beam expander in reverse to make diameter smaller but note that your divergence will be increased by same reduction factor. Our UK division will followup with you.
cbrideau  (posted 2014-12-02 20:36:07.73)
We had be struggling for months to find a good calibration standard for the imaging spectrometer on our Nikon A1 microscope. We just got the SLS201 and it seems to be working out fairly well. We did find the fiber coupled source a bit difficult to use with the imaging system in the microscope (loss from fiber and difficulty coupling light into microscope objective lowered signal too much) so I ended up with a direct-coupled system instead of the fiber. This worked well and gave ample signal.
cdaly  (posted 2014-12-04 02:54:28.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. If you run into anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us at techsupport@thorlabs.com
steve  (posted 2014-11-17 08:58:25.92)
is SLS201 shot noise limited ?
jlow  (posted 2014-11-25 11:17:46.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The output of the SLS is monitored by a regular photodiode and the light source is stabilized according to the feedback from the photodiode. Since the the photodiode is not temperature controlled and it is operating near room temperature, the SLS series would not be shot noise limited.
yagor  (posted 2014-10-21 09:07:11.443)
Is it possible to purchase SLS201, and use SLS252 for making it SLS202 when needed?
jlow  (posted 2014-10-22 02:06:14.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The bulbs are not interchangeable and you cannot install the SLS252 in the SLS201.
peh  (posted 2014-08-08 11:33:49.46)
I am very interested in the SLS201 light source. I just want to know if it is possible to change the spectral output of the SLS201 by setting jumpers on the electrical drive board. In others words is it possible to change the lamp temperature?
jlow  (posted 2014-08-11 08:57:12.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: It's not possible to change the lamp temperature. The only way we recommend to change the spectral output would be to put filters in front.
laurent.remy  (posted 2014-06-25 09:13:12.43)
Hi, Can you please give me the same information as "juliusmadrid" about the coupled power with a SMF28e+ fiber ?
pbui  (posted 2014-06-27 09:45:54.0)
We will contact you to provide the experimental data.
juliusmadrid  (posted 2014-05-28 03:39:51.627)
Hi, Can you check the coupled power with a SM28e+ fiber? or with Nufern S405-XP? Theoretical calculation is fine.
pbui  (posted 2014-06-02 02:31:36.0)
We will contact you to provide the experimental data.
f95941056  (posted 2013-10-31 13:56:29.06)
Can you provide the typical output spectrum of SLS201 in dBm/nm scale with 50/125 MMF or SMF28e as the output fiber, so that we can compare with products from other vendors? Can users replace the bulb own their own?
jlow  (posted 2013-11-07 04:23:24.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We have not measured the output of the SLS201 with 50µm MM fiber and SMF28e+ fiber before. We will look into measuring this and will contact you directly about this.
thomas.ellis  (posted 2013-08-03 15:49:05.13)
I have the sls201 lamp source. I am using it with some 10nm filters and it is nice that those filters come with an excel file of the spectral bandpass. It would be nice if this lamp had a similar excel file. As it is I copied the displayed plot and digitized it by hand.
jlow  (posted 2013-08-07 14:44:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We will contact you directly to provide the Excel file.

Below is a selection guide for all of our white-light, broadband illumination sources (or lamps). In addition to these sources, Thorlabs also offers an unmounted white-light LED, five white-light mounted LEDs, two white-light fiber-coupled LEDs, and three high-powered, white-light Solis™ LEDs.

Lamp Selection Guide
Item # (Click to Enlarge;
Not to Scale)
Emitter Type Wavelength Spectrum
Plot
Output Coupling Output Power Bulb Electrical
Power
Color
Temperature
Lifetime Replacement
Bulb
HPLS343 Plasma 350 nm -
800 nm
Liquid Light Guide 4 Wa
(Typ.)
- 6000 Kb 10 000 hc HPLSB
HPLS345 Plasma 350 nm -
800 nm
Liquid Light Guide 7 Wa
(Typ.)
- 6000 Kb 10 000 hc HPLSB
SLS201L(/M) Tungsten-Halogen 360 nm -
2600 nm
Fiber Coupled (SMA),
Liquid Light Guide, or Free Space
10 mWd
500 mWe
9 W 2796 K 10 000 h (Avg.) SLS251
SLS202L(/M) Tungsten 450 nm -
5500 nm
Fiber Coupled (SMA),
Liquid Light Guide, or Free Space
2 mWf
400 mWe
7.2 W 1900 K 10 000 h (Avg.) SLS252
SLS203L(/M) Silicon Nitride
Globar
500 nm -
9000 nm
Free Space >1.5 We 24 W 1500 K 10 000 h (Avg.) SLS253
SLS204 Deuterium 200 nm -
700 nm
Fiber Coupled (SMA) or Free Space 0.1 mWg,h
2 mWe
(Typ.)
30 W N/A 2000 hc Not Available
SLS301 Tungsten-Halogen 360 nm -
3800 nm
Free Spacei >1.6 Wh 150 W 3400 K 1000 hj (Avg.) SLS301B
SLS303 Silicon Nitride
Globar
550 nm -
15 µm
Free Space >4.5 Wh 70 W 1200 K 5000 hj (Avg.) SLS303B
SLS401 Xenon Arc 240 nm -
2400 nm
Free Spacei >1.3 Wh 150 W 5800 K 2000 hc SLS401B
SLS402 Mercury-Xenon Arc 240 nm -
2400 nm
Free Spacei >1.3 Wh 150 W 6000 K 2000 hc SLS402B
OSL2 Tungsten-Halogen 400 nm -
1300 nm
Fiber-Coupled
Fiber Bundle
1.4 Wk 150 W 3200 K 1000 to
10 000 h
to 50% Brightness
OSL2B,
OSL2B2, or
OSL2BIR
QTH10(/M) Quartz Tungsten-Halogen 400 nm -
2200 nm
Free Space 50 mWl
(Typ.)
10 W 2800 K 2000 h QTH10B
XCITE120LED LED 370 nm -
700 nm
Free Space Not Available Not Available Not Available >25 000 h Not Available
XCITE200DC Mercury Arc 340 nm -
800 nm
Liquid Light Guide Not Available Not Available Not Available >2500 h (Typ.) Not Available
  • Measured at the output of the liquid light guide, when both the bulb and the LLG are at start-of-life.
  • Prior to LLG
  • Average lifetime of bulb, defined as the total operation time before the maximum optical output power of the bulb reaches 50% of its original output.
  • Fiber-coupled optical power, measured with included M28L01 fiber patch cable at beginning of bulb lifetime.
  • Free-space optical power, measured at the output port of the light source with the fiber coupler removed.
  • Measured with Thorlabs' MZ41L1 ZrF4 MIR patch cable at the beginning of bulb lifetime.
  • Measured with Thorlabs' M114L01 Solarization-Resistant Patch Cable at the beginning of bulb lifetime.
  • At Beginning of Bulb Lifetime
  • Liquid light guide (LLG) adapters are available separately to couple the free-space output.
  • Average lifetime of bulb, defined as the time elapsed when the controller cannot stabilize the output power of the bulb.
  • Power of Fiber Tip at Maximum Bulb Intensity
  • Measured by focusing the output beam after the ACL5040U condenser lens onto an S302C thermal power sensor with an MPD508762-90-P01 protected silver off-axis parabolic mirror.

Stabilized Tungsten-Halogen Light Source, 360 - 2600 nm

  • 360 - 2600 nm Stabilized Light Source
  • Includes M28L01 Fiber Patch Cord and Universal Power Supply
  • >10 mW Coupled Power Through Included Patch Cable
  • Replacement Bulb Module Sold Below

Thorlabs' Stabilized Tungsten-Halogen Light Source provides a constant-intensity, 10 mW blackbody radiation spectrum between 360 and 2600 nm. Since the blackbody spectrum spans both the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges, this source is ideal for integration into optical measurement equipment. Combine the stabilized light source with a reflection probe and spectrometer for diffuse reflection and fluorescence measurements or use it to back-illuminate a test target as part of a detector calibration system. It can also be used as an illumination source in a white light interferometer for applications such as mapping surface structure. The included filter holder is interchangeable with the CFH2-F filter holder, sold below.

The coupled output power of the SLS201L(/M) source with the included M28L01 multimode SMA fiber patch cable is 10 mW. Patch cables with smaller core sizes and numerical apertures or longer fibers can be used at the expense of the output power while a larger core size or shorter fiber length can increase the output power. The S120-SMA fiber adapter on the front of this light source is removable and can be replaced with any internally SM1-threaded fiber adapter. In particular, to provide compatibility with LLGs, the SM1T1 coupler can be used with a liquid light guide (LLG) collimation adapter. Transmission of wavelengths longer than 800 nm through the LLG for longer than an hour may result in permanent damage to the LLG tip; to reduce damage during extended use, incorporate a filter to limit transmission of IR wavelengths.

Take care when removing and reinserting the fiber adapter, as it is pre-adjusted to its optimum position during manufacturing. The adapter may be loosened and adjusted using the included 30 mm hex wrench. Alternatively, the entire fiber coupling package can be replaced by the SLS201C Collimation Package (sold below) to allow this lamp to be used in free-space applications.

An internal fan keeps the light source temperature regulated. This fan is low noise and engages only when the internal temperature exceeds 65 °C. The SLS201L(/M) includes a universal AC/DC power converter capable of accepting 90 - 264 VAC at 47 - 63 Hz and comes in a latchable storage case that houses everything included with this device.

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Stabilized Tungsten IR Light Source, 450 - 5500 nm

Thorlabs' Stabilized Tungsten IR Light Source provides a constant-intensity blackbody radiation spectrum between 450 and 5500 nm. Since the blackbody spectrum spans the visible and mid-infrared spectral ranges, this source is ideal for integration into mid-IR measurement and analysis systems. The S120-SMA fiber adapter on the front of this light source is removable and can be replaced with any internally SM1-threaded fiber adapter. The fiber adapter is pre-adjusted to its optimum position during manufacturing. The adapter may be loosened and adjusted using the included 30 mm hex wrench. Alternatively, the fiber-coupling package can be replaced by the SLSC2 Collimation Package (sold below) to allow this lamp to be used in free-space applications. A MIR fluoride fiber patch cable or fiber bundle is recommended for use with this device. The included filter holder is interchangeable with the CFH2-F filter holder, sold below.

An internal fan keeps the light source temperature regulated. This fan is low noise and engages only when the internal temperature exceeds 65 °C. The SLS202L(/M) includes a universal AC/DC power converter capable of accepting 90 - 264 VAC at 47 - 63 Hz and comes in a latchable storage case that houses everything included with this device.

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Stabilized Globar Light Source, 500 - 9000 nm

Halogen Lamp Collimated Output
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The angular power distribution emitted from the SLS203L(/M) Stabilized Globar Source.
  • 500 - 9000 nm Stabilized Light Source
  • Collimated, Free Space Output
  • >1.5 W Power Measured Over Output Port
  • Includes a Universal Power Supply

Thorlabs' Stabilized Globar Light Source provides a constant-intensity, >1.5 W blackbody radiation spectrum from 500 to 9000 nm. Since the blackbody spectrum spans the visible and mid-infrared spectral ranges, this source is ideal for integration into mid-IR measurement and analysis systems. It uses a silicon carbide Globar that is housed in an ellipsoid reflector to increase the optical output. A CaF2 lens inside the main housing collimates the output light. The angular distribution of this output beam is shown in the graph to the right. The included filter holder is interchangeable with the CFH2-F filter holder, sold below.

Additionally, this light source features an internally SM1-threaded (Ø1.035"-40) lens tube at the output of the device. This tube is removable and includes an SM1RR retaining ring which can be used to secure Ø1" or Ø25 mm optics up to 18 mm thick inside it. A low-noise fan inside this light source engages when the temperature exceeds 65 °C to provide temperature regulation. The SLS203L(/M) includes a universal AC/DC power converter capable of accepting 90 - 264 VAC at 47 - 63 Hz and comes in a latchable storage case that houses everything included with this device.

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Collimation Packages for Stabilized Light Sources


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SLS201L Source with
SLS201C Collimator

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SLS201L Beam Profile with
(A) SLS201C Collimator Only,
(B) SLS201C and DG10-600-MD Diffuser
  • SLS201C: Collimation Package for SLS201L(/M) Stabilized Tungsten-Halogen Light Source
  • SLS202C: Collimation Package for SLS202L(/M) Stabilized Tungsten IR Light Source
  • Collimation Packages for Previous-Generation SLS Sources

The SLS201C and SLS202C are collimation packages for the SLS201L(/M) tungsten-halogen and SLS202L(/M) tungsten IR stabilized light sources, respectively. Each unit consists of two collimating lenses and a pinhole packaged inside an internally SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) quick-release lens tube, which is engraved with the item number for easy identification. The SLS201C contains two uncoated Aspheric Condenser Lenses, while the SLS202C contains two Uncoated CaF2 Bi-Convex Lenses.

We also offer the SLSC1 and SLSC2 Collimation Packages for our previous-generation SLS201(/M) and SLS202(/M) sources, respectively. The SLSC1 and SLSC2 collimators and not compatible with the light sources sold above.

To install, unthread the fiber adapter from the output of the light source and thread on the appropriate collimation package with the quick-release adapter facing toward the lamp. Be sure to install the correct collimation package in its corresponding lamp, as they are not interchangeable.

Please note that the output beam cannot be perfectly collimated due to the halogen lamp's incoherent emission. The SLS201C or SLS202C Collimation packages may be used directly with their respective halogen light sources (see A in photo to the right, 25 cm away from the end of the collimation package), or they may be used in conjunction with a Ø1" mounted diffuser attached to the threaded end of the collimation package (see B in photo above). The diffuser serves to smooth out the beam profile while increasing the beam divergence angle.

Item # Compatible Stabilized
Light Sourcea
Beam
Diameter
Half Divergence
Angle
Output Power
(Typ.)
Outer Dimensions Threads on
Output Port
Mechanical
Drawing
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SLS201C SLS201L(/M) 24.0 mmb 2.0° c 60 mW Ø30.5 mm x 97.6 mm
(Ø1.20" x 3.84")
Internal SM1 (1.035"-40)
SLS202C SLS202L(/M) 10.0 mmb 1.4° c 15 mW
SLSC1d SLS201(/M)d 22.4 mme 1.3° f 39 mWg Ø30.5 mm x 35.0 mm
(Ø1.20" x 1.38")
SLSC2d SLS202(/M)d 16.8 mme 1.0° f 19 mWg
  • Collimation packages are not interchangeable between sources.
  • Measured 10 cm away from the collimating lens.
  • Half angle, design value @ 587 nm.
  • These collimation packages are only compatible with our previous generation of SLS light sources.
  • Theoretical RMS beam diameter at 10 mm after the collimating lens in the collimation package.
  • Theoretically calculated using the operating wavelength ranges of the respective lamps.
  • Measured with a thermal sensor at the output port of the collimation package.
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Replacement Light Bulb Modules

Item # SLS251 SLS252 SLS253
Compatible Stabilized
Light Source
SLS201L(/M)
SLS201(/M)
SLS202L(/M)
SLS202(/M)
SLS203L(/M)
SLS203(/M)
Bulb Type Tungsten-Halogen Tungsten IR Globar
Bulb Electrical Power 9 W 7.2 W 24 W
Color Temperature 2796 K 1900 K 1500 K
  • SLS251: Replacement Tungsten-Halogen Bulb for SLS201L(/M) Stabilized Light Source
  • SLS252: Replacement Tungsten IR Bulb for SLS202L(/M) Stabilized Light Source
  • SLS253: Replacement Globar for SLS203L(/M) Stabilized Light Source

The SLS251, SLS252, and SLS253 are replacement light bulb modules for the SLS201L(/M) tungsten-halogen, SLS202L(/M) tungsten IR, and SLS203L(/M) Globar stabilized light sources, respectively. Please see the Bulb Replacement tab for detailed bulb replacement instructions. Each bulb module comes with the required 1.5 mm balldriver / hex key. Be sure to install the correct bulb in its corresponding lamp, as the bulbs are not interchangeable.

Note: We strongly recommend wearing gloves when replacing the bulb in any of our stabilized light sources to prevent skin oils from being deposited onto the bulb. If you suspect the bulb is dirty, carefully clean it with alcohol before connecting it to a power supply.

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Extra Filter Holder and Other Inserts

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Pushing the adjuster down on the CFH2-V quickly closes the shutter.
  • Inserts Compatible with Our Compact Stabilized Light Sources
  • SM1-Threaded Filter Holder Insert Mounts Ø1" or Ø25 mm Optics up to 0.31" (8.0 mm) Thick
  • Blank Plate can be Machined for Mounting Custom Optics
  • Variable Attenuator Insert with Adjustable Shutter

The CFH2-F Filter Holder accommodates Ø1" or Ø25 mm optics up to 0.31" (8.0 mm) thick and can be used as a replacement for the filter holders included with the light sources sold above. With multiple filter holders, filters can be quickly swapped in and out of the stabilized light sources. The optic is secured against the back lip of the mount using the included SM1RR retaining ring. 

The CFH2-B Blank Plate, also purchased separately, can be used as a manual shutter or machined to suit your specific requirements. The top plate of the CFH2-F and CFH2-B feature two laser-engraved boxes for labeling and identification of the mounted optic. 

The CFH2-V is a variable attenuator insert that is equipped with a black-oxide-coated variable single-blade shutter to partially or fully block light. The shutter moves vertically from the top across the Ø0.54" aperture and is intended for a maximum 0.50" beam diameter. Shutter position is controlled with a 3/16"-120 adjuster that provides 0.005" shutter translation per revolution; fine adjustments can be performed with the included 5/64" hex key. To quickly close the shutter, press the adjuster down (see photo to the right); letting go of the adjuster will return the shutter to the set position (within 0.0005"). For best performance, light after the attenuator insert should be coupled into a fiber optic patch cable as the output beam profile will not be circular. The lamp output will be clipped on the attenuator if the aperture is smaller than the beam size; therefore, the output power will be smaller even if the shutter is completely open.

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