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Picosecond Pulsed Drivers

Taiko PDL M1

Picosecond Diode Laser Driver with Smart Capabilities

  • User-defined bursts patterns, pulsed and continuous wave mode
  • Repetition rate from 1 Hz to 100 MHz
  • Free intensity adjustment in calibrated value of optical power
  • Fine wavelength adjustment
  • Fully synchronized manual and computer control
  • External trigger input

5 year warranty The Taiko PDL M1 is a smart, universal laser driver that can operate and monitor any laser head from the LDH-I Series. The strengths of the Taiko PDL M1 are flexibility and ease-of-use, making it accessible even to novice laser users. Changing the emission wavelength is as simple as plugging in a different laser head and the Taiko PDL M1 will automatically recognize its operational parameters.

Take full control

Taiko with laser headThe Taiko PDL M1 smart driver interfaces with laser heads from the LDH-I Series to read out and display various operational parameters. These include nominal and current emission wavelength, laser head temperature, repetition rate, as well as current output intensity. Every LDH-I head is calibrated during manufacturing with regards to its intensity / output power curve and temperature dependent wavelength shift. The Taiko PDL M1 is thus able to provide an indication of current output power and central wavelength during operation. Setting of the output power can be done either by relative percentage values of intensity or by absolute calibrated values of optical power (mW, W). Due to its extended high
power capability, the Taiko can drive an even wider range of laser heads, including our latest generation of high power, multi mode diodes.

Flexible pulse patterns

The Taiko PDL M1 laser driver supports arbitrary internal repetition rates ranging from single shot to 100 MHz, as well as operation in continuous wave mode or external triggering. It can also generate user-defined burst sequences consisting of up to 17 million pulses with freely selectable burst periods. Using this burst mode is of great value for time-resolved phosphorescence measurements or other applications where larger amounts of excitation energy have to be periodically deposited into a sample.

Intuitive user interfaces

Power setting Control the Taiko PDL M1 either via its intuitive “one button control” local interface or remotely by PicoQuants laser driver software (requires USB connection). All laser parameters can be accessed and adjusted locally via a unique dial and push button combination that allows navigating an intuitive menu-based system on the Taiko’s color LCD display. Set power intensity, operation mode (pulsed, burst, continuous wave), and repetition rate with just a few twists.
The Taiko PDL M1 can also be operated remotely from any WindowsTM based PC through a dedicated control software with a user-friendly graphical user interface. The Taiko PDL M1 is connected to the PC via a standard USB connection. Local and remote interfaces are fully synchronised and can be used simultaneously. Both interfaces provide a read out of relevant laser head information such as current temperature, repetition rate, operation mode and estimated wavelength shift and optical output power.

Laser safety

The Taiko PDL M1 laser driver incorporates all relevant laser safety features, including key switch and remote interlocks, and complies with international laser safety regulations for devices of up to laser class 4 / IV.


Internal Oscillator
Type crystal locked
Operation mode pulsed, burst or continuous wave (CW)
Repetition frequency range 1 Hz to 1 MHz in steps of 1, 2 or 5 times various powers of ten
1 to 100 MHz in steps of 1 MHz
Synchronization Output
Amplitude < -800 mV into 50 Ohms (NIM)
Pulse width 5 ns
Delay sync output (falling edge) to laser output: typ. 10 ns, jitter < 20 ps
Input impedance (destination) 50 Ohms
Connector SMA socket (female)
External Trigger Input
Input voltage range -5 to +5 V (TTL compatible)
Trigger level (adjustable) -1 to +1 V
Required pulse width > 5 ns
Delay trigger input to optical output: typ. 16 ns, jitter < 40 ps
trigger input to sync output: typ. 6 ns
Frequency range single shot to 90 MHz
Input impedance 50 Ohms
Connector BNC socket (female)
Gating Inputs
Slow gate transition time < 1 ms
Fast gate transition time typically 10 ns
user selectable input impedance: 10 kOhms with pull-up or 50 Ohms pull-down
Remote Interlock
Voltage < 16 VDC
Loop resistance 1000 Ohms maximum
Remote interlock connectors Lemo 00.304 and banana socket
Computer
PC interface USB 2.0
Operating system WindowsTM 8 / 8.1 / 10
Power Supply
Line voltage 220 / 240 or 110 / 120 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power consumption 140 W maximum
Dimensions
Base unit 355 × 311 × 95 mm (w × l × h)
Operation Environment
Temperature range 10 to 40 °C
Rel. humidity < 80%

All Information given here is reliable to our best knowledge. However, no responsibility is assumed for possible inaccuracies or omissions. Specifications and external appearances are subject to change without notice.

LDH-I Series

Picosecond Pulsed Diode Laser Heads

  • Wavelengths between 375 nm and 1060 nm
  • Pulse widths as short as 40 ps (FWHM)
  • Repetition rate from single shot to 100 MHz
  • Pulsed, Bursts and CW operation
  • Power calibrated, operating hours counter
  • Collimated output beam, optional fiber coupling

The Taiko PDL M1 along with the corresponding laser sources can be used for various applications where short pulses with high and variable repetition rates as well as stable pulse energies are important, such as: