AVO-9H2-B Laser Diode Driver (Pulsed Voltage)

The AVO-9 series of pulsed laser diode drivers are ideal for use with ultra-fast laser diodes from Lumics, Qphotonics, Fitel, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Bookham, Ulm Photonics, Nichia, and others. Each AVO-9 pulsed laser diode driver includes a customized high-speed socket for the user's diode, offering ease of use without noticeably degrading performance! The AVO-9H2 series operates to 2A, for pulse widths of 8 to 30 ns, at repetition rates to 2 MHz. The rise times are less than 2 ns. The AVO-9 series is often adapted to meet special requirements. Contact the factory (info@avtechpulse.com) with your requirements!

The most recent information for the AVO-9H2-B Laser Diode Driver (Pulsed Voltage) is available here:

Adobe PDF Format AVO-9H2-B data sheet (PDF format, 14378 kB, 2017-11-03).
LabView Driver A LabView driver for the "-B" version of this instrument is available!
Instruction Manuals The following manuals for the AVO-9H2 family (possibly including customized models) are available online:

Prices - USA and Canada

Standard US/Canada prices are listed below. We can also provide you with a formal quote.

Base Model P/N Price Notes
Laser Diode Driver (Pulsed Voltage) AVO-9H2-B
$15180
Base model. Units with the -B suffix include the IEEE-488.2 GPIB and RS-232 computer control feature and a 2m/6ft GPIB cable.
Polarity Options
Positive output polarity
-P
0
A polarity must be specified.
Negative output polarity
-N
0
A polarity must be specified.
Accessory Kits
Recommended accessory kit (attenuators and terminators) -AK2 $887 Option. Consists of one SMA 12 GHz 20 Watt attenuator (20 dB) and two SMA 18 GHz 2 Watt attenuators (10 & 20 dB) for use on the output, and two 50 Ohm, 1 GHz, 1 Watt feed-through terminators (one SMA, one BNC) for use on external trigger inputs.
Recommended accessory kit (coaxial cables and adapters) -AK8 $348 Option. Suggested for models with an SMA output connector. Consists of one 12-inch SMA-M/SMA-M PE-SR405FL coaxial cable, one 12-inch SMA-M/SMA-M RG-316 coaxial cable, one 36-inch SMA-M/SMA-M RG-316 coaxial cable, one 24-inch SMA-M/BNC-M RG-316 coaxial cable, one 36-inch BNC-M/BNC-M RG58C/U coaxial cable, one SMA-F to BNC-M adapter, one SMA-M to BNC-F adapter, one SMA-F to SMA-F adapter, and one SMA-F to solder cup adapter
Connectivity Options
Ethernet port, for remote control using VXI-11.3, ssh, telnet, and web -VXI $898 Option. Adds a rear-panel Ethernet connector, allowing the instrument to be remotely controlled using the VXI-11.3, ssh (secure shell), telnet, and http (web) protocols. In particular, the VXI-11.3 features allows software like LabView to control an instrument using standard VISA communications drivers and network cabling, instead of using old-style GPIB cabling. (This eliminates the need for a GPIB controller card and its proprietary drivers.)
High-Speed Socket Type
Socket for 3-pin 5.6mm or 9mm package with 2.54mm pin circle diameter (generic). -P0 $0 Option. Estimated price only. Contact Avtech with the package's mechanical drawings and pinout information.
Socket for 2-pin 5.6mm or 9mm package with 2.54mm pin circle diameter. -P0C $0 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration: The socket will accept a 2-pin 5.6mm or 9mm package, with a 2.54mm pin spacing and pin diameters of 0.38-0.56 mm diameter (15-22 mils). The positive pulse signal will be applied to the anode pin. The cathode pin will be grounded. The diode parasitic resistance (dV/dI at lasing) must be < 5 Ohm. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. Must be ordered with positive (-P) polarity.
Socket for 2-4 pin 5.6mm or 9mm package with 2.54mm pin circle diameter. -P0D $0 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration: The socket will accept a 2, 3 or 4 pin 5.6mm or 9mm package with a 2.54mm pin circle diameter. Four pin sockets are provided, which accept pins of 0.38-0.56 mm diameter (15-22 mils). A positive pulse signal will be applied to one pin socket (for the anode). The other three pin sockets (one of which will be the cathode) will be grounded. The diode parasitic resistance (dV/dI at lasing) must be < 5 Ohm. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. Must be ordered with positive (-P) polarity.
Socket for butterfly package (generic). -P1 $708 Option. Estimated price only. Contact Avtech with the package's mechanical drawings and pinout information.
Primary socket for butterfly package pins 8-14 (high-bandwidth drive pins), specific layout -P1B $708 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration (typical of Lumics diodes, and others): The socket will accept pins 8-14 of a standard butterfly package with 0.5 mm wide pins. A positive pulse will be applied to the diode anode (pin 10). Pins 8-9 and 11-13 will be grounded. Pin 14 will be made accessible through a solder terminal. (If the -T1B option is also ordered, pin 14 will be made accessible through a DB-9 connector instead, suitable for mating to a third-party temperature controller.) Four mounting holes on a 8.9 x 26 mm grid will be provided. The diode parasitic resistance (dV/dI at lasing) must be < 1 Ohm. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. Typically ordered in combination with the -T1B option. Must be ordered with positive (-P) polarity.
Primary socket for butterfly package pins 8-14 (high-bandwidth drive pins), specific layout -P1C $708 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration (typical of QPhotonics diodes, and others): The socket will accept pins 8-14 of a standard butterfly package with 0.5 mm wide pins. A negative pulse will be applied to the diode cathode (pin 12). Pins 8-11 and 13-14 will be grounded. Four mounting holes on a 8.9 x 26 mm grid will be provided. The laser input impedance (dV/dI at lasing) must be 25 Ohms (+/- 5 Ohms). No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. Typically ordered in combination with the -T1C option. Must be ordered with negative (-N) polarity.
Primary socket for butterfly package pins 8-14 (high-bandwidth drive pins), specific layout -P1CR0 $708 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration (typical of some EM4 diodes, and others): The socket will accept pins 8-14 of a standard butterfly package with 0.5 mm wide pins. A negative pulse will be applied to the diode cathode (pin 12). Pins 8-11 and 13-14 will be grounded. Four mounting holes on a 8.9 x 26 mm grid will be provided. The laser input impedance (dV/dI at lasing) must be less than 5 Ohms. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. Typically ordered in combination with the -T1C option. Must be ordered with negative (-N) polarity. This is the same as the -P1C option, except that the diode has no internal 25 Ohm resistance.
Socket for 3-pin 5.6mm package with 2.0mm pin circle diameter (generic). -P2 $0 Option. Estimated price only. Contact Avtech with the package's mechanical drawings and pinout information.
Socket for 3-pin 5.6mm package, with typical Nichia pinout / resistance. -P2B $0 Option. Estimated price only. This specifies a pinout and series resistance compatible with the Nichia NDHV310APC and similar Nichia laser diodes. A socket is provided that will accept 3-pin 5.6 mm packages. Click on the hyperlink for a pinout drawing. The laser anode is on pin 1, and the laser cathode is on pin 3 and is common to the photodiode cathode and the case. Access to pin 2 (the photodiode anode) is not provided. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. The laser input impedance (dV/dI at lasing) must be 20 Ohms (+/- 5 Ohms). Note that the maximum output current may be reduced by the high forward voltage drop typical of Nichia diodes (if > 3V).
Socket for 2-pin 5.6mm package with 2.0mm pin circle diameter. -P2C $0 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration: The socket will accept a 2-pin 5.6mm package, with a 2.0mm pin spacing and pin diameters of 0.38-0.56 mm diameter (15-22 mils). The positive pulse signal will be applied to the anode pin. The cathode pin will be grounded. The diode parasitic resistance (dV/dI at lasing) must be < 5 Ohm. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. Must be ordered with positive (-P) polarity.
Socket for 2-4 pin 5.6mm package with 2.0mm pin circle diameter. -P2D $0 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration: The socket will accept a 2, 3 or 4 pin 5.6mm package with a 2.0mm pin circle diameter. Four pin sockets are provided, which accept pins of 0.38-0.56 mm diameter (15-22 mils). A positive pulse signal will be applied to one pin socket (for the anode). The other three pin sockets (one of which will be the cathode) will be grounded. The diode parasitic resistance (dV/dI at lasing) must be < 5 Ohm. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified. Must be ordered with positive (-P) polarity.
Socket for 8-pin DIP package (generic). -P3 $708 Option. Estimated price only. Contact Avtech with the package's mechanical drawings and pinout information.
Socket for 14-pin DIL package (generic). -P4 $1138 Option. Estimated price only. Contact Avtech with the package's mechanical drawings and pinout information.
Socket for 14-pin DIL package, specific layout. -P4B $1138 Option. Provides a socket pinout suitable for use with certain Qphotonics DIL laser diodes (and others). The signal will be applied to pin 5, the laser anode. All other pins (1-4, 6-14) will normally be grounded. No access is provided to the thermal control pins, unless the -T4B option is ordered. The laser input impedance (dV/dI at lasing) must be between 0 and 5 Ohms.
Socket for 2-pin package with 2.5mm lead spacing and 0.5mm square pins -P5 $0 Option. Estimated price only. Contact Avtech with the package's mechanical drawings and pinout information.
No output module or socket -P6 $0 Option. For connectorized DUTs with SMA or K input connector and 50 Ohm input impedance. The user must confirm that the pulser polarity is appropriate for the DUT. Not suitable for models that require a transformer ratio greater than 1.
Socket for 8-pin TO-99 package -P7 $1138 Option. The socket will accept 8-pin TO-99 packages. The signal will be applied to one pin. All other pins will be grounded. The diode parasitic resistance (dV/dI at lasing) must be < 5 Ohm. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified.
Socket for 2-pin 5mm epoxy LED package with 2.5mm pin spacing, and 0.5-0.6mm square pins -P8A $708 Option. Specifies this common diode configuration: The socket will accept a 2-pin 5mm epoxy LED package with 2.5mm pin spacing, and 0.5-0.6mm square pins. One pin will be driven with the specified polarity, and one pin will be grounded. The diode parasitic resistance (dV/dI at lasing) must be < 1 Ohm. No additional drawings are required if this option is specified.
Socket for TO-3 package (generic). -TO3 $708 Option. Estimated price only. Contact Avtech with the package's mechanical drawings and pinout information.
Miscellaneous Options
Photodiode monitor -MD $233 Option.
Rack Mount Kit -R5 $298 Option. For 17-inch-wide models only. Check datasheet for instrument dimensions. (All -B units are 17 inches).
Extra GPIB cable, 1 meter -X1 $49 Option.
Extra GPIB cable, 2 meters -X2 $69 Option.
Extra GPIB cable, 4 meters -X4 $89 Option.
Slide-On Socketing for Thermal Control
Secondary slide-on socket for butterfly package pins 1-7 (low bandwidth thermal control pins) -T1B $789 Option. Adds a secondary (low-bandwidth) slide-on socket board for pins 1-7 of a butterfly package. A flexible cable connects the slide-on socket to the output module. A male DB-9 connector is provided on the output module, which provides access to the thermal control pins of the diode. DB-9 pin 2 connects to diode pin 2 (TH). DB-9 pin 3 connects to diode pin 5 (TH). DB-9 pin 4 connects to diode pin 1 (TEC+). DB-9 pin 5 connects to diode pin 14 (TEC-). The remaining DB-9 pins are unconnected. Pins 3, 4, 6, and 7 of the diode are grounded. Access to the photodiode, if present, is not provided. This option requires the -P1B option. This option is designed for compatibility with Thorlabs temperature controllers and Lumics laser diodes. It may be suitable for others as well.
Secondary slide-on socket for butterfly package pins 1-7 (low bandwidth thermal control pins) -T1C $789 Option. Adds a secondary (low-bandwidth) slide-on socket board for pins 1-7 of a butterfly package. A flexible cable connects the slide-on socket to the output module. A male DB-9 connector is provided on the output module, which provides access to the thermal control pins of the diode. DB-9 pin 2 connects to diode pin 1 (TH). DB-9 pin 3 connects to diode pin 2 (TH). DB-9 pin 4 connects to diode pin 6 (TEC+). DB-9 pin 5 connects to diode pin 7 (TEC-). The remaining DB-9 pins are unconnected. Pins 4 and 5 of the diode are grounded. Pin 3 is unconnected. Access to the photodiode, if present, is not provided. This option requires the -P1C or -P1CR0 option. This option is designed for compatibility with Thorlabs temperature controllers and certain QPhotonics laser diodes. It may be suitable for others as well.
Thermal control pin access for DIL package. -T4B $1363 Option. A male DB-9 connector is provided on the output module, which provides access to the thermal control pins of the DIL-package diode. DB-9 pin 2 connects to diode pin 11 (TH). DB-9 pin 3 connects to diode pin 12 (TH). DB-9 pin 4 connects to diode pin 1 (TEC+). DB-9 pin 5 connects to diode pin 14 (TEC-). The remaining DB-9 pins are unconnected. Pins 2-4 and 6-10 of the diode are grounded. Access to the photodiode, if present, is not provided. This option requires the -P4B option. This option is designed for compatibility with Thorlabs temperature controllers and Qphotonics laser diodes. It may be suitable for others as well.
AC Power Cords
Power cord for United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia -AC00 $0 Option. BS 1363, 230V, 50 Hz.
Power cord for Australia, New Zealand -AC01 $0 Option. AS 3112:2000, 230-240V, 50 Hz.
Power cord for Continental Europe, Korea, Indonesia, Russia -AC02 $0 Option. CEE 7/7 Schuko, 230V, 50 Hz.
Power cord for North America, Taiwan -AC03 $0 Option. NEMA 5-15, 120V, 60 Hz.
Power cord for Switzerland -AC06 $0 Option. SEV 1011, 230V, 50 Hz.
Power cord for South Africa, India -AC17 $0 Option. SABS 164-1, 220-250V, 50 Hz.
Power cord for Japan -AC18 $0 Option. JIS 8303, 100V, 50-60 Hz.
Power cord for Israel -AC19 $0 Option. SI 32, 220V, 50 Hz.
Power cord for China -AC22 $0 Option. GB 1002-1, 220V, 50 Hz.
Shipping Case
ATA shipping case -ATA3 $898 Option. Ships the instrument in a heavy-duty ATA-style transport case, instead of the normal cardboard box. It can also serve as a storage case. This option is recommended for shipments outside of North America and Europe, and is mandatory when using a freight-forwarder or when shipping by any method other than FedEx/UPS. It is strongly recommended for all shipments to China. Pelican model 1690 for full-rack-width (17 inch / 430 mm) units, including all -B units. Pelican model 1610 for half-rack-width (8.5 inch / 215 mm) units. This option increases the shipping weight by 45 lbs / 20 kg (1690) or 24 lbs / 11 kg (1610).
Shipping Method
Ship to USA or Canada, on Avtech FedEx Priority account   $0 Included in base price.
Ship globally, on customer FedEx or UPS account   $0 Excludes Austria, China, The Czech and Slovak Republics, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey. Consult your local representative for pricing.
Ship globally, on Avtech FedEx Priority account   Contact Avtech for pricing. Excludes the above countries.
Ship globally, using a customer-specified freight forwarder   Contact Avtech for pricing. Excludes the above countries. Not recommended. Due to the increased likelihood of shipping damage, the -ATA3 option (heavy-duty ATA shipping case) is mandatory for -PS, -C, and -B models.

These prices are in U.S. dollars, and apply only to orders placed directly with Avtech from the United States and Canada. Reseller prices may be higher. A 5% academic discount is available for North American universities. Orders are non-cancellable, non-returnable. First-time customers ordering customized models are required to pay 33% in advance (at least 2 weeks prior to shipping, preferably by bank transfer), and the remaining 67% within 30 days of the ship date. Both payments are non-refundable.

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Prices - International

Customers in Austria, China, The Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey should contact their local representative for pricing. International prices will be somewhat higher than the USA/Canada pricing shown above, depending on local documentation requirements, customs and shipping procedures, and other regulatory issues (for example, the European WEEE directive).

Customers in other countries should contact our Canadian headquarters directly for pricing. Avtech can ship internationally by FedEx (preferred), UPS, DHL, or Bax Global.

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To form a valid model number:

AVO-9H2-B
+ (select one polarity: -P, -N)
+ (select one: -P0, -P0C, -P0D, -P1, -P1B, -P1C, -P1CR0, -P2, -P2B, -P2C, -P2D, -P3, -P4, -P4B, -P5, -P6, -P7, -P8A, -TO3)
+ (recommended optional accessory kits: -AK2, -AK8)
+ (select one power cord: -AC00, -AC01, -AC02, -AC03, -AC06, -AC17, -AC18, -AC19, -AC22)
+ (select one, or none, from: -T1B, -T1C, -T4B)
+ (recommended shipping case, mandatory if not shipping by FedEx or UPS: -ATA3)
+ (other possible options: -VXI, -MD, -R5, -X1, -X2, -X4)

Each model is customized for a specific diode's pinout and I-V characteristics. If a generic pinout option (e.g., -P0, -P1, -P2, -P3, -TO3) is selected, then a drawing showing the diode package size and electrical pinout must be provided by the end-user, and the model number and price may change. If a specific pinout option has been selected (-P1B or -P1C, for instance), no additional information is required.

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