Better Test Systems Boost Laser Diode Performance

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Semiconductor laser diodes have taken the laser market by storm, in part because of their operating efficiency and compactness. They have several unique characteristics, though, that must be considered in their application. These include their physical packaging, low voltage, current-sensitive power supply requirements, temperature sensitivity, optical output power, spectral characteristics and beam divergence. Not surprisingly, as demand for the lasers grows, so does the need for instruments to support their test and measurement requirements.