MatchBox 2: Not Only Smaller, but Also Much Smarter!

By Integrated Optics 4 December 2015 News No comments yet

Let us introduce you a major upgrade on the MatchBox series of ultra-compact CW laser sources for spectroscopy, sorting and illumination. The MatchBox2 series features improved ruggedness, extended operational temperature range, new serial UART interface, laser control software and even smaller footprint.

OEM-dedicated laser sources meet demanding requirements of Raman spectroscopy, holography and modern microscopy. The company has successfully implemented majority of improvements, which were received as a feedback from users of the MatchBox1. Now the lasers are not only smaller (30x50x18 mm), but also have features, which are typical for benchtop class lasers. One of such features is communication with multiple lasers using single serial bus and unique laser ID's – this allows integrators and scientists building laser systems having multiple laser sources and just single control interface.

More than 200 different lasers

The series offers more than 25 different wavelengths often with both, SLM (Single-longitudinal mode) or non-SLM spectral options. Furthermore, four options of output types are available: free-space, MM, SM and PM fiber. All types of lasers are offered in the same matchbox-size enclosure, unified +5V DC power input and serial control interface. All lasers with just minor exceptions feature more than 500:1 polarization contrast or >20 dB polarization extinction ratio from a polarization-maintaining fiber. SLM lasers typically feature around 50 dB side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) with superior center wavelength stability of just few picometers over temperature range from 15 to 35 °C.

The lasers of the MatchBox2 series are self-contained, however a number of accessories are offered to make test and installation more convenient, especially in scientific setups. Variety of heatsinks and protective means are offered from the stock right now. Compatible optical isolators and beam shaping optics are planned to be released soon.

Just another opto-electronics component

According to the vision of ‘Integrated Optics’, CW lasers should become just another electronics component in complex laser systems – easy to install, trouble-free and low cost. Even for Raman spectroscopy!

‘Integrated Optics’ applies proprietary micro assembly technique in order to reduce the cost of lasers and make production more repeatable. Semiautomatic assembly works well in combination with LEAN Manufacturing principles. One-piece-flow principle helps offering wide range of products both in small and large volumes, by eliminating quality issues in the early stage and reducing lead time.

Available from stock

The most popular laser modules are available from stock or with a short 3-4 weeks lead time. The end user prices are disclosed on the website and the products are available through a worldwide distributor network. 

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