NIR Laser Diodes Overview
Near Infrared (NIR) laser sources are perhaps the single most diverse category of solid-state lasers; with IR laser diodes, diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers, flashlamp pumped solid-state lasers and fiber lasers all emitting in the IR laser spectrum. As a result, these lasers are available with both single-mode and multi-mode beam profiles, and with either free space or fiber coupled outputs. Additionally, IR laser diodes are capable of extremely high-power outputs, up to several kilowatts in the case of diode laser stacks making them ideal for machining applications such as cladding and welding. Near Infrared pulsed lasers are also available with an extensive range of pulse widths and peak powers. IR fiber lasers cannot only produce high output powers, but they are also able to provide extremely narrow linewidth (and therefore long coherence lengths) making them ideal for a wide variety of LiDAR applications. OEM packages and modules are available for both DPSS and diode lasers.