Even though high-power red laser diodes emitting at 660nm have become a kind of a commodity for recordable DVD players, this wavelength is not the best-suited for compact projectors equipped with RGB laser light sources because red light at this wavelength appears relatively dark to the human eye. Thus moving to a shorter wavelength increases the perceived brightness of the light source even at the same output intensity. Therefore, the new 638nm laser diode appears to be much brighter than 660nm or even commonly used 645nm laser diodes at the same output power.
Especially for illumination-based projectors Mitsubishi Electric now offers the multimode designs of the ML5xx71 series offering an output power of 300mW. Up to high ambient temperatures of 55°C, the LDs offer highest efficiency for low power consumption.
For holographic and laser-scanning projectors Mitsubishi Electric has designed the ML5xx54 series of laser diodes. These devices emit at a wavelength of 638nm as well, however, they are optimized in terms of high beam quality and wave front uniformity, which are of specific importance for these kind of applications.
During the design of the ML5xx54 series Mitsubishi used its expertise originally developed for 660nm lasers, which are almost standard in DVD recorders. The results are so-called ridge-type lasers offering high brightness and single mode characteristics. In order to compensate the typical deviations occurring at higher power levels Mitsubishi Electric developed its specific low-loss waveguide structure offering a kink-free operation even at an output power of 140mW combined with an excellent beam quality even at temperatures of up to 60ºC.