Selection Guide

laser receiver


To make the best informed choice, see the table below. It lists laser education applications and the best laser choice for a particular use. The top row lists all of our major laser product categories. In general, Helium-Neon (He-Ne) lasers are the preferred choice if you require long coherence length and wavelength stability for optical interformetric experiments. Diode lasers are the best choice for communications experiments.

Experiments/Model IF-RL IF-VL IF-UL IF-HN IF-HNM*
Type Diode Diode Diode He-Ne Helium-Neon
Refraction & Reflection $ $$ $$ $ $$
Lens $ $$ $$ $ $
Beam Convergence Divergence $ $$ $$ $ $$
Diffraction N/R N/R N/R $ $$
Polarization Linear polarization Linear polarization Linear polarization Random polarization Random polarization
Holography N/R N/R N/R $ $$
Perimeter Security $ $$ $$ $** $$**
Light Shows $ $$ $$ $ $$
Voice Communications $ N/R $$ Most versatile N/S $
Baseband Video Transmission N/S $ N/S N/S N/S
RF Video Transmission N/S N/S Best choice N/S N/S

$ Best laser value for the application
$$ Laser is well suited to application, but other, lower priced, alternatives exist
N/S Not suitable
N/R Not recommended for holography and diffraction experience
* HNM - HE-Ne Laser - Modulated
** The higher the laser's power, the quicker the exposure

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