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MK-88 Diode Pumped Eye-Safe Microlaser

SS 1-10Hz, 4mJ, 6ns Diode Pumped Eye-Safe Laser

"Eye-safe" 1.54 μm diode pumped passively q-switched Erbium glass laser transmitter with integrated photodiode

Wavelength 1535nm
Laser Energy 3+ mJ
Pulse Repetition Rate SS –10 Hz
Laser Pulse Width ≈ 6 ns
Raw Beam Diameter 0.8 mm
Beam Divergence (D4σ method) ≤ 4.2 mrad
M2 ≤ 1.7
Beam Wander ≤ 0.5 mrad
Laser HeadSize (in inches) 0.85 x 2.00 x 3.00
Laser Head Size(incm) 2.16 x 5.08 x 7.62
Laser HeadWeight ≈ 175 g
Laser Operational Temperature -30 to +50 C
Laser Storage Temperature -55 to +71 C
Electrical Requirements 8V, 100 A, < 3 ms
Conductive Cooling Requirements < 24 W
Integrated Photodiode? Yes

MK-88 Duty Cycle Engineering Notes

HESP lasers are conductively cooled. They are typically mounted to a metal heat sink. A fan and heat sink or a water cooled baseplate may also be used to remove heat.

A good method for monitoring the laser's internal temperature is to look at the pump current pulse width. Specifically, this pulse width should not exceed 3 milliseconds. You'll notice that the pump pulse width will increase as the laser heats up. This is due to the loss of efficiency. Once the pump pulse width gets beyond 3mS, the efficiency of the laser drops dramatically and the pump pulse width will rise quickly - indicating an overheated condition. Please do not operate the laser if the pump current pulse width exceeds 3mS.

We suggest the use of a Tektronix model # A622 probe. The probe should be located between the driver and the laser. You can clip on a section of the red wire anywhere in the laser cable.

Datasheet for current probe:

To purchase the probe:


When you purchase a L3 Kigre DPSS laser, we include complimentary technical support for all of your laser driver needs. Our engineers have extensive experience helping customers get their project up and running quickly and reliably.

Whether you need miniaturization, high efficiency, wide temperature range, Bluetooth wireless communication or all of the above, our engineering staff is available to support your project’s design and integration requirements.

Previous work includes a 20g, 47mm x 33mm x 15mm high performance driver with -45C to +85C operating temperature range, advanced I/O and laser protection. This driver provides precise 100A square pulses of current with typical I/O efficiency of 95% and a wide 4.5V to 38Vdc input voltage range. Advanced input current limiting allows for reliable state-of-the-art battery applications.

Other projects include a Bluetooth® compatible, miniature driver optimized for the entire family of Kigre DPSS lasers. The driver provides 100A current pulses with typical I/O efficiency of 92% and works with Android phones and tablets running version 2.0 (Éclair) or later.