Lasers that designate 55mW (0.055W) of output power can have either CW (continuous wave) or pulsed output. CW Lasers are always defined in average output power. Pulsed Lasers with an output power defined in Watts or Milliwatts usually define the laser’s average power, not the peak power of the laser.
For example, RPMC has a 55mW, single emitter, single-mode laser diode, emitting at 685nm, in a 5.6mm TO-can package, perfect for machine vision, optogenetics, and as an RGB light source.
The HL Series of laser diodes are available in a wide range of wavelengths from violet to red and infrared in support of a broad range of applications. These applications include display, medical, biosciences, industrial tools (sensor, leveler), machine vision, scanners, printers and a myriad of other applications being developed in the industry.