VCSEL

VCSEL

Introduction
Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) are a type of semiconductor laser diodes. Unlike edge emitting laser diodes, VCSELs emit upwards and thus can be easily packaged as emitter arrays containing hundreds of emitters on a single chip. Other characteristics of VCSELs:
  • Wavelength range: 650nm-1080nm, 1550nm.
  • Power range: mW to Watts
  • High modulation bandwidth

VCSELs were first used in the telecom industry, and today are widely used as light sources in sensing applications. Low power (mW) applications include face and gesture recognition, proximity sensors, augmented reality displays. High power (Watts) applications include LIDARs for robotics, UAVs and autonomous vehicles. These new applications run on batteries and will need to minimize power consumption. Therefore characterization of VCSEL power, beam profile, noise, etc. is critical.
Often VCSELs are coupled with passive optics or scanning optics which generate very wide beams. Additionally, VCSELs are often used in pulsed mode. These factors make VCSEL test and measurement a challenging task. Ophir offers the right tools for this task.

See also our High Speed, Multifunctional Integrating Spheres which enable simultaneous measurement of multiple laser parameters including: power, pulse characteristics & spectrum.

Power, energy and irradiance measurement solutions
  • Integrating spheres
  • Thermopile power and energy sensors
  • Irradiance sensors

Beam profiling solutions
  • Camera and scanning slit beam profiles
  • Solutions for near field, far field, and angular distribution beam profiling

Temporal characterization of pulse shape and noise
  • Fast photodiode detectors

OEM Solutions
  • Ophir offers customized solutions for OEM customers.

Articles

VCSEL Measurement Solutions

Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) are a type of semiconductor laser diode. Unlike edge emitting laser diodes, VCSELs emit upwards and thus can be easily packaged as emitter arrays containing hundreds of emitters on a single chip. Read more >

Low Frequency Power Mode

This document describes the inherent problems involved with measuring average power for low frequency pulsed laser sources, and describes the new "Low Freq. Power Mode" being offered on many Ophir devices and meters to solve these problems. It describes how to use the new mode and mentions some tips for obtaining best results. Read more >

An Easier Way to Measure VCSEL Power

They're used in phones, printers and other devices for a variety of applications. But measuring their power to ensure best performance can be difficult. Read more >

Measuring Average Power of Pulsed Lasers with Photodiodes

When measuring average power using a photodiode detector such as PD300 or IS6-D-VIS, the maximum power or saturation power is determined by the maximal photocurrent that the photodiode can generate while still maintaining linearity. Read more >

Using Ophir's IS1.5VIS-FPD-800 Multi-Functional Integrating Sphere for VCSEL measurements

Ophir's new IS1.5-VIS-FPD-800 is a multi-functional sensor that offers several advantages in a single instrument for measuring VCSEL's: Read more >

Automated Measurement of VCSEL Power at 10KHz Using Centauri and LabVIEW

Ophir's new IS1.5-VIS-FPD800 offers several advantages for measuring VCSEL's in a single instrument: Read more >

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