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Inexpensive packaging techniques of fiber pigtailed laser diodes
Author(s): Pentti Karioja; Kari Tukkiniemi; Veli Heikkinen; Ilkka P.A. Kaisto
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Paper Abstract

Commercial single heterojunction GaAs laser diode chips have been fiber pigtailed with a 100/140 micrometers fiber. These lasers, producing 5 ... 10 W peak pulse power, are used in time-of-flight distance measurement instruments. The laser chips were purchased mounted on a coaxial TO-5 base. Two different types of packaging constructions were tested: a sleeve construction and a butt construction. In the sleeve construction the fiber was aligned with the laser chip using a loose sleeve and a fiber ferrule. In the butt construction the fiber ferrule was butt coupled to the laser submount. The fiber ferrule was actively aligned with the laser and fixed with an adhesive or with an adhesive and laser welding. Silicone gel potting was tested to improve the module stability in outdoor applications. The pigtailed laser modules and commercial laser modules were temperature cycled and results were compared. The measurements show that the properties of the adhesive are crucial to the temperature stability of the module. The tests show that optical output variation of the module was 6 dB in the temperature range of -20 ... 55 degree(s)C when the peak power was 3.7 W at room temperature. The stability of poor adhesive joints can be improved utilizing laser welding. However, the drawback is the high investment cost of equipment required. The results show that simple and inexpensive fiber pigtailed modules can be made using properly selected adhesives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1851, Processing and Packaging of Semiconductor Lasers and Optoelectronic Devices, (24 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.147600
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Pentti Karioja, Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
Kari Tukkiniemi, Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
Veli Heikkinen, Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
Ilkka P.A. Kaisto, Prometrics Ltd. (Finland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1851:
Processing and Packaging of Semiconductor Lasers and Optoelectronic Devices
Henryk Temkin, Editor(s)

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