LaserTune™: Multiple-laser QCL covering 5.4 to 12.8 µm

An R&D 100 Award Finalist

Block Engineering's LaserTune is a turnkey, compact-packaged quantum cascade laser system that covers a tunable gap-free mid-infrared range of 5.4 to 12.8 microns.

The full range is covered by packaging four QCL modules in the system. However, for customers who do not need the maximum wavelength range, the system can be configured with 1, 2, or 3 modules instead. Gap-free tuning is maintained in narrower configurations.

No external power supply, control peripherals, or external cooling systems are required. The LaserTune can be programmed to operate in several modes, including Move Tune (manual control), Step Tune with programmable steps, and Sweep Tune with programmable sweep parameters. LaserTune offers an extremely fast sweep capability at 25 cm-1 per millisecond.

The system supports pulse durations of between 30 to 300 nsec, a repetition rate of up to ~3 MHz, and a duty-cycle of up to 8%. The pulses can be internally triggered at regular intervals with an available sync-out signal. External triggering is also supported. The beam size is roughly 2 mm x 4 mm.

Key Benefits & Advantages

  • Configurable with one to four mid-IR lasers to achieve your desired gap-free wavelength range up to 5.4-12.8 µm
  • Wavenumber sweeps, step functions, or static wavenumber control
  • MCT detector option provides an all-in-one spectrometer capability
  • On-board software allows you to easily control the laser and synchronously collect the detector signal to produce a complete exportable spectra
  • SDK provided enables rapid integration

The LaserTune is also available to use with Block's MCT IR Detector module. Please visit the MCT page for additional information.

To download a brochure with more detail on Block's laser products, please click here (PDF, 7.4 MB).

Contact us to discuss how the LaserTune can help with your application needs. If you have a mid-infrared application and need help with development, Block's award-winning development team would be happy to discuss how our design services can help you reach your goals.

You can also review our sQCL and mQCL MiniQCL component modules for integration of quantum cascade lasers into larger systems.