Toptica Product Focus: Continuously Tunable Lasers

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Wide mode-hop-free tuning is important for many exciting applications: for example resonant excitation of small structures like quantum dots and micro-cavities as well as molecular spectroscopy or components testing. TOPTICA is specialized in tunable diode lasers with excellent precision, reliability and ease-of-use.

For example, TOPTICA’s CTL – continuously tunable laser – enables mode-hop-free tuning of up to 110 nm at several central wavelengths. Wide scans can be performed with highest resolution and narrow linewidth, and CTL features high absolute and relative wavelength accuracy as well as high power.

In combination with its fully digital controller DLC pro, the CTL laser is easy to use and operate via touch-screen and knobs as well as via remote PC GUI and command language. The low noise and drift levels of the controller make the CTL series even more stable and lowest-noise.

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Toptica DL pro HP: Powerful, tunable, single-frequency laser


  • Up to 100 mW single-frequency, tunable output
  • Standard wavelengths 405, 425, and 633 nm
  • Other wavelengths 370 .. 640 nm on request
  • Extremely stable, low drift
  • Linewidth < 2 MHz

The DL pro HP diode laser features a special resonator design, which allows for higher single-mode output powers from "visible" laser diodes. Manual coarse tuning of the wavelength is possible across the gain spectrum of the diode (for blue diodes approx.  2-3 nm) and mode-hop free fine tuning up to 50 GHz. Standard models are available at 405, 425 nm, and 633 nm; other wavelengths between 370 and 640 nm can be provided on request. The laser features various modulation inputs and includes an isolator. Fiber coupled versions are optionally available.

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Toptica Laser Diodes

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Specify your wavelength – Toptica can provide it.

TOPTICA offers a large variety of wavelength-selected single-mode laser diodes from stock. Among more standard laser diodes, you will find "pearls" such as 397 nm, 715 nm or 1120 nm right from our stocklist, wavelengths for which we are probably the only supplier in the world.

TOPTICA can integrate any diode from the stock lists into a tunable diode laser system, however, you can also purchase the diode separately. Each type of diode is carefully tested in an external cavity laser configuration with respect to coarse tuning range, mode-hop-free tuning range and power limits. The results are disclosed on request to the customer in a detailed datasheet.

In case you can still not match your wavelength of choice, call us – and chances are very high that we can provide it within very short time.

Nice price diodes are either diodes, that have been superseded by better diodes or that do not run nicely in ECDL setups. Nice price diodes will not be integrated into ECDLs by TOPTICA.

In these downloads you will find wavelengths, output powers and part numbers on our regularly updated stock lists. Give us a call and we will make a reservation for the particular diode of choice for you.


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Toptica Control Electronics

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Basic modules of the modular electronic system for operation of diode lasers are current and temperature controls. Other add-on modules are available. The range of products is steadily growing due to acute customer demand.

DC110 Series - electronic modules

  • DC 110 - diode laser supply and control rack.
  • DC 110/Mon - monitor unit with LCD display.
  • DCC 110 - low noise current control module.
  • DTC 110 - temperature control module.
  • SC 110 - scan generator with HV amplifier.
  • DCB 110 - computer analog interface.
  • PID 110 - proportional-integral-differential regulator module.
  • FALC 110 - fast analog linewidth control.
  • LIR 110 - lock-in regulator module.
  • PDD 110 - Pound-Drever-Hall detector module.
  • DigiLock 110 - digital feedback controlyzer.

 Stand-alone units

  • iScan - versatile mode monitor and frequency control.
  • LaseLock - universal lock-box for laser frequency stabilization.
  • LCC - laser coherence control.
  • miniScan - scan generator with piezo driver and photo diode amplifier.
  • VFG 150 - versatile 150 MHz function generator.


Toptica DL100/ pro Design *new*


  • Tunable diode laser in pro design
  • Wide wavelength selection available: 370 nm .. 1770 nm
  • Output powers up to 300 mW
  • Ultra stable, typical linewidth 100 kHz .. 1 MHz (5 µs)
  • Very low drift with room temperature changes (typ. << 100 MHz/K)
  • Insensitive to acoustics and vibrations
  • Easy coarse tuning up to 100 nm
  • Mode-hop-free  tuning up to 50 GHz (optimized virtual pivot point)
  • Beam angle compensation mirror included
  • Fast AC and DC current modulation included

The DL 100 / pro design combines the advantages of two successful TOPTICA lasers: all diodes for the DL 100 are available in the superior mechanical design of the pro series . The pro series mechanics is ultra stable and easy to use. The DL 100 / pro design specifications depend strongly on the implemented laser diode and are given in TOPTICA’s laser diode stock lists.

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Toptica TA / FA SHG pro Frequency Doubled, High Power Tunable Diode Laser

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  • UV, blue, green, yellow wavelengths: 320 .. 590 nm
  • High power: Up to 2 W
  • Single-frequency operation, linewidth < 500 kHz (typ.)
  • Seed: Tunable, grating stabilized diode laser
  • Amplifier: Semiconductor or fiber amplifier
  • SHG: Resonant frequency doubling stage
  • Probe beam output of fundamental laser
  • Mode matching and beam shaping optics integrated
  • Increased amplitude stability with "noise eater" option
The TA / FA SHG pro system comprises a tunable, grating-stabilized diode laser, a high power semiconductor (TA) or fiber (FA) amplifier, and an integrated frequency doubling stage (SHG pro). The SHG stage is a folded ring cavity in bow-tie configuration with excellent thermal and mechanical stability. The system provides tunable laser radiation for spectroscopy, laser cooling, optical data storage, holography and interferometry.

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Toptica SHG pro Stand-Alone Second Harmonic Generator Module

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  • Frequency doubling of Ti:Sapphire, dye, gas, fiber and diode lasers
  • Compact, stand-alone bow-tie cavity
  • pro technology for highest mechanical and thermal stability
  • Highest cw conversion rates
  • Near TEM00 beam profile
  • Mode matching and beam shaping optics integrated
  • Optional fiber coupling of input and/or output beam

The SHG pro is the device of choice if existing lasers are to be frequency doubled. Designed in TOPTICA’s pro technology, it unites highly stable performance and convenient operation. Mirror and crystal holders can be adjusted without opening the resonator cover. A wide range of non-linear crystals covers SHG wavelengths from 205 to 800 nm.  TOPTICA offers competent support for adapting the unit to customer requirements.

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Toptica BoosTA Semiconductor Laser Amplifier

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  • Compact and economic optical amplifier
  • Ideally suited to amplify TOPTICAs diode lasers,
    also suited for third party products
  • Wavelength range 649 .. 1083 nm
  • High power, up to 1.5 W
  • Nearly diffraction limited output beam with suitable master oscillator
    (M² typ. < 1.5, fiber coupling efficiency typ. 60 %)
  • Integrated driver concept, most compact
  • Computer controlled (RS 232)
The BoosTA is a compact and economical optical amplifier. Just put light into it, and it amplifies it up to a factor 100. The spectral properties of the master laser are preserved. The BoosTA includes computer controlled integrated electronics, and all optics for accepting a collimated and linearly polarized input beam. Custom optics and good thermal management guarantee best performance.

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Toptica DL DFB: Tunable Distributed Feed-back Lasers

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  • Single-frequency laser with distributed feedback diode
  • Any wavelength between 760 nm .. 2880 nm available
  • Output power up to 150 mW
  • Largest mode-hop free tuning range: Up to 1400 GHz (4 nm)
  • Linewidth typ. 0.5 .. 4 MHz, coherence length 25 .. 200 m
  • Reliable operation even in harsh environments
  • Options: High-frequency modulation, optical isolation, fiber output

Distributed feedback (DFB) lasers offer wide frequency tuning and high output power in a compact, rugged setup. The frequency selective element – a Bragg grating – is integrated into the active section of the semiconductor and ensures single-frequency operation without any bulk optics. A wide variety of DFB diodes is available from stock; custom wavelengths can be provided even in low quantities.

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Toptica DL Pro: Tunable Diode Laser


  • Tunable diode laser in pro design ECDL setup
  • Available with four exceptional AR diodes around 780 nm, 850 nm, 940 nm, and 1040 nm
  • Output powers up to 100 mW
  • Ultra stable, typical linewidth 100 kHz (5 µs)
  • Very low drift with room temperature changes (typ. << 100 MHz/K)
  • Insensitive to acoustics and vibrations
  • Easy coarse tuning up to 100 nm
  • Mode-hop free  tuning up to 50 GHz (optimized virtual pivot point)
  • Beam angle compensation mirror included
  • Fast AC and DC current modulation included

The DL pro is the ultimate tunable diode laser. Its revolutionary mechanical design allows both easy operation and extreme stability at the same time. The underlying Littrow geometry allows for highest output powers, and optimum mode-hop free tuning is realized with a perfectly positioned virtual pivot point for the grating movement.

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