LASER COMPONENTS USA is a trusted sales organization providing cutting-edge photonic components to a wide variety of markets.
We specialize in a wide range of photonics applications with avalanche photodiodes and modules (Si and InGaAs), IR detectors (InGaAs, PbS, PbSe, pyroelectric), photon counting modules, laser diodes and modules (at different wavelengths and power), pulsed laser diodes (905 and 1550 nm), laser diode drivers, laser optics (standard or custom dielectric coated) and polarizers.
We have been serving customers over 15 years in North America with products from our manufacturing sites in Germany, Canada and the US, as well as from well-selected international suppliers.
Our Core Competencies:
- Providing trusted advice
- Offering a wide product range
- Building long-term partnerships
- Manufacturing and distributing premium components
LASER COMPONENTS USA is ITAR registered and compliant according to the United States of America, Department of State. Laser Components USA and Laser Components GmbH in Germany have a Manufacturing License Agreement (MLA) that is approved by the United States of America, Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) for the controlled export of ITAR optics specifications for the purpose of manufacturing ITAR laser optics in Germany that may be used specifically in USA military components.
Spatial Light Modulators (SLM)
LASER COMPONENTS delivers Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) as adaptive optical elements that modulate light spatially in amplitude or phase. The available devices are based on either reflective (LCOS) or translucent (LCD) liquid crystal microdisplays.
Diffractive Optical Elements
LASER COMPONENTS offers Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) designed for use as multi-spot beam splitters, in-beam shaping, and beam profile modification in applications with lasers and high-power lasers. Off-the-shelf DOEs are available in almost any desired pattern, and standard plastic DOEs are quickly available for low to medium power laser modules.
Laser White Light Sources
LASER COMPONENTS delivers the LaserLight SMD as the world’s first high luminance, laser white light emitter in a compact 7 mm SMD package. The light emitter offers unique performance in low divergence and waveguide delivery for medical, biomedical, machine vision, and specialty illumination applications.
Differential Pyroelectric Detectors
Laser Components offers the LD21xx series of differential pyroelectric detectors with crystal generating positive and negative charge carriers amplified separately on opposing sides. Due to the separate amplification, the signals add up linearly. The noise components only add up statistically, therefore creating a net gain in the signal-to-noise ratio.
Laser White Light Modules
Laser white light offers unique performance properties in low divergence and waveguide delivery for medical, biomedical, machine vision, and specialty illumination applications. Laser Components’ ALBALUX FM is a white light fiber-coupled module designed to produce highly-directional and brilliant white light for enabling long throw distances, narrow beam angles, and small optic sizes for specialty lighting applications.
Flash LiDAR Sensor: SPAD2L192
Laser Components offers the 192 x 2 pixel solid-state CMOS sensor designed with Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) to reach amplification of 108 for a time with high count rates and low noise. This highly sensitive, advanced sensor is used in Flash LiDAR systems, industrial robots, and surveillance technology.
FLEXPOINT® Machine Vision Lasers
LASER COMPONENTS designs and manufactures FLEXPOINT® MVsquare laser modules to fulfill specific requirements in industrial image processing applications. Thanks to its rectangular housing (L x W x H: 65 x 15 x 15 mm), this square module solution is specifically designed for fast and simple assembly in series production.
QuickSwitch® Pulsed Laser Diodes
Laser Components offers unique 905 mm pulsed laser diodes designed to generate the shortest pulse duration in the world for these types of devices. They are ideal for fast and reliable laser-based distance measurement applications (LiDAR) and scanners for security and aerospace use.
FLEXPOINT Machine Vision Lasers: MV Series
LASER COMPONENTS designs and manufactures laser modules to fulfill specific requirements in industrial image processing applications -- a range of line lasers with a homogeneous power distribution generally used in metrology, as well as high power lasers and special housing units.
FLEXPOINT Machine Vision Lasers: MVstereo
A prerequisite for 3-D stereo image processing requires the clear allocation of pixels in both camera images and in an image comparison. However, this is only possible on clearly textured surfaces, making it nearly impossible to clearly allocate monochrome surfaces with little or repetitive texture. Markers, or random patterns on the surface, are needed for assistance in the measuring process. LASER COMPONENTS now offers the FLEXPOINT MVstereo, a random pattern projector with 33,000 dots for 3-D stereo image processing.
Silicon Avalanche Photodiode (APD) Arrays
LASER COMPONENTS offers Silicon Avalanche Photodiode (Si APD) Arrays for applications in LIDAR and ACC within the 800 to 900 nm wavelength range. The SAH series of Si APD arrays are typically used in Time-of-Flight (TOF) sensors for distance measurements, such as in automotive sensing applications.
Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) For Beam Splitting
Diffractive optical elements (DOEs) from LASER COMPONENTS are designed to be used as multi-spot beam splitters in beam shaping, and beam profile modifications with lasers and high power lasers. Using diffractive elements for beam splitting is advantageous in the instance of needing one element to produce several beams, or when very exact power separation is required. DOEs can also achieve precise positioning to create holes at clearly defined and accurate distances.
Laser Diode Accessories: LDP-CW Series
LASER COMPONETS offers a number of different drive electronics for simple operation of all types of high power laser diodes. The LDP-CW series enables operation with a different power level and a pulse width of from CW to 1 μs. The combination of an HP laser diode and driver module is used in medical technology, process engineering and testing technology, material processing, and printing technology.
High Transmission colorPol® S Patterned Polarizers
Polarizers are used in a wide range of optical devices to filter or block polarized light for modulating or reducing brightness, analyzing light, polarizing light, and more. The colorPol® S is a nano-particle optical glass sheet polarizer designed with a unique capability to produce patterned polarizers with different spectral characteristics and different directions of polarization. They are capable of achieving high contrast and high transmission for the UV, VIS, NIR, and mid-IR ranges with a wide acceptance angle of ±20°.
Infrared (IR) Laser Components Catalog
Laser Components USA offers an array of infrared (IR) detectors and emitters used for many different applications including flame detection, gas monitoring, medical gas analysis, protein measurement, the inspection of surfaces, and other laser power monitoring applications.
PbS And PbSe IR Detectors
LASER COMPONENTS offers PbS and PbSe infrared (IR) detectors for applications detecting infrared radiation. The Polycrystalline lead sulfide detectors (PbS) detect infrared radiation in the wavelength range between 1 µm and 3.3 µm, and exhibit a higher sensitivity then Polycrystalline lead selenide (PbSe). The PbSe standard semiconductor detectors are designed to detect IR radiation between the 1 µm and 5.2 µm wavelength ranges.
Infrared (IR) Arrays For NIR Spectroscopy
The IG22 array series consists of 256 rectangular pixels made of extended InGaAs with a TE2 cooler, and is manufactured with an element size of 30 µm x 250 µm, and a pitch of 50 µm.
Pyroelectric DLaTGS Detectors
LASER COMPONENTS offers Deuterated Lanthanum α Alanine doped TriGlycine Sulphate (DLaTGS) detectors that are ideally suited for FTIR applications. Designed with the highest possible performance and the most effective pyroelectric effects, these detectors can be produced with any configuration, including VM configurations and CM configurations.
Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes
The Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes (Si APDs) from LASER COMPONENTS are designed for operation in the wavelength range between 250 nm and 1100 nm. These Si APDs are ideal for the detection of extremely weak light intensities due to the avalanche effect on them.
Pulsed Laser Diodes At 905 nm
LASER COMPONENTS designs and produces high power pulsed laser diodes (PLDs) at 905 nm with high reliability, and high temperature stability. Applications for these laser diodes include range finding, speed monitoring, laser radars, security scanners, and laser light curtains, as well as in test and measurement systems.
Pulsed Laser Diodes At 1550 nm
LASER COMPONENTS designs and produces PLDs at 1550 nm with high power levels up to 50 W. This wavelength cannot be detected by common night-vision goggles, making the PLDs ideal for military laser rangefinder and friend/foe identification applications.
Coated Laser Optics
LASER COMPONENTS designs and manufactures dielectric coatings for a wide range of laser optics applications. The laser optics provided by LASER COMPONENTS are mostly OEM products that meet the individual customer's specifications; the products include substrates and dielectric coatings.
Spectroscopy Helps Tuning Down Air Pollution
It took less than a century for cars to become an indispensable part of modern life. Even though vehicles have their advantages, vehicular air pollution affects air quality in both metropolitan and small-town areas all around the world. This article discusses the efforts to lower air pollution, and how spectroscopy helps in these processes.
Lasers Easily Make Tough Measurements In Automobile And Aircraft Manufacturing
Lasers and laser line modules offer measurement capabilities that can catch misalignment, reduce time in finding problems with production, and make gap measurements in a large variety of automobile and aircraft manufacturing applications.
Robots, Lasers, And Artificial Intelligence Join Forces Undersea
Subsea robots, lasers, and artificial intelligence have been combined into one dynamic solution that will change the methods of working underwater. The SeaVision® subsea 3D laser imaging system is used to perform high-resolution RGB laser line scanning.
On The Road To Self-Driving Cars
Vehicle-environment sensor technology will play a major role in the next step of autonomous vehicle technology. This article offers in-depth information on the many types of sensor technologies used in self-driving cars and where they are headed in the future.
Pyroelectric Detectors: Materials, Applications, And Working Principle
Pyroelectric detectors are thermal detectors that use temperature fluctuations to create a charge change on the surface of pyroelectric crystals, which produces a corresponding electrical signal. This application note discusses the materials used for their fabrication, how they operate, and their ideal applications.
Operating Edge-Emitting Pulsed Laser Diodes With Short Pulses
Applications for Edge-Emitting Pulsed Laser Diodes often require device operation with narrow pulse widths. These conditions may be necessary for ensuring eye-safe system certification or precision in distance measurement systems. Short pulses also allow for reliable higher peak power operation of the devices. This application note examines the many challenges that occur in generating short pulses with pulsed laser diodes and possible solutions.
Pyroelectrics vs. Thermopile IR Detectors
Thermopile IR detectors are thermocouples made from dissimilar materials with differing Seebeck coefficients. The Pyroelectric effect in is manifested in dielectric materials which have a crystalline asymmetry such that its polarization is changed when its temperature is changed.
Optics For Lasers Of The Future
Many research centers, like those for nuclear fusion and cancer, require high-energy lasers with megawatt and petawatt power capabilities. For centers like these to make breakthroughs, the optics used must be extremely robust with low absorption levels and state-of-the-art coating.
Drones Will Change The World
For autonomous flight, UAVs must independently detect obstacles and avoid them, monitoring their surroundings with LiDAR systems. This white paper discusses how the future of drones and UAV technologies will change the world we live in.
Eye Surgery Using Excimer And Femtosecond Lasers
In ophthalmology, lasers are used for refractive surgery to burn, cut, or remove objects to achieve optimal refractive power. This article discusses the use of excimer and/or femtosecond lasers in multiple types of operations to correct defective vision
Laser Optics Components Catalog
LASER COMPONENTS manufactures individual optical components with high requirements in terms of substrate, coating, packaging, and documentation. Custom optics, even in small quantities, are also available for a variety of different applications.
PbSe Infrared Detectors: It's Easier To Make A Detector Noise Limited System Than You Think
The key to making an instrument detector noise limited instead of circuit noise limited is understanding the relationships between signal-to-noise ratio and bias voltage, and between optical frequency chopping and detector noise levels.
Choosing Laser Modules For Industrial Image Processing
A light-cutting process is a technique used for measuring profiles, high differences, and geometries based on the principle of laser triangulation with a system consisting of a lighting source, a camera, and evaluation software.
Understanding Noise In Pyroelectric IR Detectors
Since pyroelectric detectors are high output thermal devices, the noise output is typically the limiting item to their performance. This application note discusses the various sources of noise in these devices and how it can affect the performance in each application.
Understanding Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes
LASER COMPONENTS provides background information on the multiplication process in Silicon used in the materials for fabrication of PIN and Avalanche Photodiodes for visible and near IR applications. This app note presents approaches to designing APDs, as well as other helpful information on the use of APDs.
How Quantum Cryptography Works
With ever increasing importance in data exchange and data security, cryptography, or the encoding of a message, becomes essential. A key must also be exchanged in order for the message to be decrypted. In order to protect the key exchange from being intercepted, quantum cryptography must be utilized.
Powerful Emitters With Short Rise Times: VCSELs For Greater Range And Higher Resolution In LiDAR Applications
LASER COMPONENTS has expanded its range of VCSEL lasers. Its wide range of products now includes emitters with 850 nm and 940 nm in power classes between 200 mW and 50 W. All products are characterized by extremely short rise times and thus support pulse trains in the low nanosecond range and below. Thanks to the semiconductor structure, the emission wavelength remains nearly constant, even with temperature fluctuations. This allows narrow-band bandpass filters to be used on the detector side. Upon customer request, the laser diodes are also available as powerful arrays.
White Light Source With 450 Lumens - Luminance: 1000 Mcd/m²
With the LaserLight SMD, LASER COMPONENTS offers a particularly powerful white light source for directional light. The technology of the US manufacturer SLD Laser enables extremely efficient semiconductor-based lighting solutions even for small form factors.
Fiat Lux! Let There Be Light… LASER COMPONENTS USA Brings Photonic Solutions To Light At SPIE Photonics West 2020
LASER COMPONENTS USA is pleased to announce they are exhibiting at the annual Photonics West show, sponsored by SPIE and held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, February 4-6, 2020.
LASER COMPONENTS Takes The Initiative - Application For RoHS Exemption For PbX Detectors Completed
Together with customers at home and abroad, LASER COMPONENTS has taken a leading role in the industry and made every effort to ensure that the supply of PbX detectors remains secure. These companies have applied for exemption from the RoHS regulations in Brussels.
Custom Quartz Glass Lenses
LASER COMPONENTS USA, a specialized provider of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry, manufactures high-quality custom quartz glass lenses within a very short time. At the production site in Olching, Germany, substrates with diameters from 0.5 to 2 inches can be shaped into plano-convex, plano-concave, biconvex, biconcave, and meniscus lenses with radii of curvature from 12 mm to 15,000 mm.
Researchers From Leading Institutes Meet Established Industry Experts
LASER COMPONENTS USA, a specialized provider of laser and optoelectronic components in the US and Canada, and MIRTHE+ Photonics Sensing Center team up again to host a WORKshop on Infrared Technologies – this time at Princeton University on October 29 - 30. The latest developments for new detection materials, gas sensing instrumentation, LEDs and lasers, and spectroscopy innovations will be the focus during 30 presentations and nine dedicated Q&A networking sessions with leaders in the field.
Cutting Thick Glass With A Laser
LASER COMPONENTS USA, specialized provider of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry, presents Holo/OR’s DeepCleave module, a completely optical solution for cutting transparent materials, such as flat panels for mobile phones. A system of lenses with a diffractive optical element is used to focus a single-mode laser beam and create a stretched focus line of 2 mm in beam direction (Z-axis). This 1.8 µm diameter area features uniform intensity distribution.
Coating Of Fiber End Faces: Increased Capacity And Quality Thanks To Optimized Technology
LASER COMPONENTS USA, specialized provider of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry, has been able to significantly expand its range of services for the coating of fiber end faces. The company is now in a position to produce larger quantities and at the same time has created ideal conditions for processing other fiber types. This means that customers benefit from a larger product range and price advantages through cost-efficient production.
LASER COMPONENTS Wins “Best Of Sensors” 2019 Award
LASER COMPONENTS, specialized provider of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry, has been named a “Best of Sensors” 2019 Award winner in the Automotive/Autonomous category. The company’s QuickSwitch Pulsed Laser Diode (PLD) was recognized as one of the Innovative Products of the Year 2019 which highlights cutting-edge advancements and achievements that are moving the sensors industry forward.
DOEs For LiDAR And 3D Imaging
With a wide range of beam splitting and beam shaping diffractive optical elements (DOEs), Holo/OR addresses companies that use structured light for LiDAR, 3D imaging, and projection applications. At fan angles of up to 80 degrees (at 850 nm), the emitted light covers large areas.