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Multi-function External Cavity Laser Controllers

SideKick™ represents a significant evolution in the design, features and performance of quantum cascade laser controllers. Building on the field-proven success of our TLC/FLC control electronics, SideKick supports Daylight’s wide range of external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECqcL™) systems and wavelength selection. Its compact form factor makes SideKick ideally suited to OEM or laboratory use. Its USB/Ethernet connectivity also provides elegant local/remote control and diagnostics, and multiple wavelength tuning and triggering modes. Because Signal-to-Noise is critical in most MWIR applications, and laser performance is only as good as controller performance, SideKick’s design also emphasizes low noise. Paired with a suitable Daylight laser head, Sidekick enables industry-leading optical RIN. With a SideKick in your Daylight laser system, you’ll find your mid-infrared applications easier than ever before. Just connect SideKick to your PC, laser head and go! Please contact us to learn more

Features


  • CW or pulsed operation
  • Laser power, wavelength & temperature control
  • Compatible with 31xxx/41xxx tunable laser heads
  • Ultra-low current noise
  • Compact form factor
  • Passive cooling
  • USB/Ethernet with included GUI & SDK
  • HFQD™ circuitry
  • Remote diagnostics and error messaging

Benefits


  • Versatile, one-box solution
  • Integrated control solution
  • Upgrade for existing Daylight lasers
  • Industry-leading optical RIN with Daylight lasers
  • OEM or laboratory use
  • No fan noise
  • Robust & convenient local/remote control
  • Field-proven electronic chip protection
  • Rapid troubleshooting, higher productivity

Product Details

SideKick supports Daylight’s wide range of external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECqcL™) systems and wavelength selection. SideKick is compatible with all our 31/41xxx series tunable Pulsed, CW-Pulsed, ÜberTuner™, Hedgehog™ and Mode-Hop-Free laser heads. (Our FLC-1xxx series remains the controller of choice for our Aries™  and Unicorn-II™ fixed wavelength lasers.) Its compact form factor also makes SideKick ideally suited to OEM or laboratory use. SideKick provides flexible, precise control of laser: power; wavelength; temperature; scan speed; and pulse parameters. And all while protecting your gain chip with Daylight’s proven High-Fidelity Quantum Cascade Drive (HFQD™) circuitry. Its USB/Ethernet connectivity also provides elegant local/remote control and diagnostics, and multiple wavelength tuning and triggering modes. Because Signal-to-Noise is critical in most MWIR applications, and laser performance is only as good as controller performance, SideKick’s design also emphasizes low noise. Paired with a suitable Daylight laser head, Sidekick enables industry-leading optical RIN. With a SideKick in your Daylight laser system, you’ll find your mid-infrared applications easier than ever before. Just plug SideKick into your PC, laser head and go! Please contact us to learn more!

Controller Model Works With
SK-1000 Daylight 31xxx/41xxx tunable CW, Pulsed, ÜberTuner, Hedgehog, and CW-Mode-Hop-Free (CW-MHF) lasers
FLC-1xxx Daylight Aries or Unicorn-II fixed wavelength systems

Specifications


SK-1000 SideKick Controller Specifications Sheet

SideKick Specifications[1]
Modes of Operation
Pulsed, CW, CW-Mode-Hop-Free
Compatibility Daylight 31xxx/41xxx series tunable laser heads
Tuning Modes Set wavelength, uni- and bi-directional scans, step & measure, start/stop/pause scan
External Interfaces USB 2.0, Ethernet
Pulsed Operation Pulse widths: 40 ns to 10 µs (20-ns steps); pulse repetition rate: 0.1 kHz to 3 MHz [2]
Relative Temperature Adjust ± 5°C programmable
Scan Speed > 1000 cm-1/s (max.), < 0.5 cm-1/s (min) [2]
Triggering Internal clock, Ext Trig, Ext Pulse
Input Power 90 to 264 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz with included AC-DC power supply (or < 3A, 22 to 30 VDC)
Size 4.8 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches (XX x YY x ZZ mm), excluding AC-DC power supply.

[1] For FLC 1xxx controller specifications and features - please inquire.
[2] Depends on laser head and gain chip - please inquire.
 

Industries & Applications


Scientific
  • Nano-scale imaging & IR microscopy
  • Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS)
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Time-Resolved IR Spectroscopy

Defense
  • Explosives detection
  • Chemical warfare agent detection
  • Infrared countermeasures (IRCM)
  • Infrared scene projection
  • Thermal laser pointing
  • Illumination
  • Photoacoustic spectroscopy
  • Standoff detection research
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Remote sensing
Life Sciences
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Glucose monitoring

Industrial
  • Toxic industrial chemicals detection
  • Hydrocarbon detection
  • Process control
  • Hydrocarbon detection
  • Fence line monitoring
  • Toxic industrial chemicals detection
  • Gas leak detection

Literature & Downloads


Specifications

SK-1000 SideKick Controller Specifications Sheet

Technical Papers

10 April 2012, Infrared spectroscopic analysis of human interstitial fluid in vitro and in vivo using FT-IR spectroscopy and pulsed quantum cascade lasers (QCL): Establishing a new approach to non invasive glucose measurement
9 March 2012, Morphed intermolecular potential of OC:HCCH complex based on infrared quantum cascade laser spectroscopy [PDF, 449KB]
9 March 2012, CMM-RS Potential for Characterization of the Properties of the Halogen-Bonded OC-Cl2 Complex, and a Comparison with Hydrogen-Bonded OC-HCl [PDF, 1.7MB]
University of Alberta
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University of Tennessee
9 March 2012, Pump–probe photothermal spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers [PDF, 800KB]
23 February 2012, Wavelength-modulation-spectroscopy for real-time, in situ NO detection in combustion gases with a 5.2 μm quantum-cascade laser [PDF, 1.46MB]
University of Oxford 23 February 2012, Applications of QCLs in studies of chemical dynamics[PDF, 1MB]
Direct and wavelength modulation spectroscopy using a cw external cavity quantum cascade laser (APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 2009) [PDF, 290KB]
Rapid passage effects in nitrous oxide induced by a chirped external cavity quantum cascade laser (APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 2009) [PDF, 355KB]
6 February 2012, ν4 band of CH4 in helium nanodroplets: A probe of the dynamical response of a superfluid
6 February 2012, Attenuated total reflection mid-IR-spectroscopy for electrochemical applications using a QCL
10 October, 2011. Infrared absorption nano-spectroscopy using sample photoexpansion induced by tunable quantum cascade lasers, F. Lu and M.A. Belkin
10 October, 2011; Infrared nanoscopy of Dirac plasmons at the graphene-SiO2 interface

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Sept 2011, Lasers à cascade quantique dans les applications militaires modernes
12 August, 2011, New photoacoustic cell design for studying aqueous solutions and gels

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12 July, 2011, Infrared Nanoscopy of Dirac Plasmons at the Graphene-SiO2 Interface, Z. Fei, D.N. Basov, et al.
Mid-infrared photonic crystal cavities in silicon
Quantum Cascade Laser Spectroscopy and Photoinduced Chemistry of Al-(CO)n Clusters in Helium Nanodroplets
Rice University
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Quantum cascade lasers in chemical physics [PDF, 2MB]
University of Alberta Detection of benzene and toluene gases using a mid-infrared continuous-wave external cavity quantum cascade laser at atmospheric pressure [PDF, 476KB]
Real-time monitoring of benzene, toluene, and p-xylene in a photoreaction chamber with a tunable mid-infrared laser and ultraviolet differential optical absorption spectroscopy [PDF, 728KB]
Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility Silicon waveguides and ring resonators at 5.5 µm [PDF, 442KB]
Daylight Solutions Logo Utilizing broad gain bandwidth in quantum cascade devices [PDF, 703KB]
Army Research Laboratory SeparatorSmart System Technology and Commercialization Center Quantum Cascade Laser-Based Photoacoustic Spectroscopy for Trace Vapor Detection and Molecular Discrimination [PDF, 285KB]
Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics Tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser for the simultaneous determination of glucose and lactate in aqueous phase [PDF, 263KB]
Tunable Mid-Infrared Lasers in Physical Chemosensors towards the Detection of Physiologically Relevant Parameters in Biofluids
Rice University
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QEPAS detector for rapid spectral measurements [PDF, 1MB]
Rice University NO trace gas sensor based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy and external cavity quantum cascade laser [PDF, 500KB]
A mid-infrared QEPAS sensor device for TATP detection (JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, 2009) [PDF 700KB]
University of Alberta Jet-cooled infrared spectra of molecules and complexes with a cw mode-hop-free external-cavity QCL and a distributed-feedback QCL [PDF, 1.4MB]
Naval Research Laboratory Stand-Off Detection of Trace Explosives Via Resonant Infrared Photothermal Imaging
Performance characteristics of a continuous wave compact widely tunable external cavity interband cascade laser [PDF, 706KB]
University of Nottingham Application of External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Infrared Lasers to Nanosecond Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of Condensed-Phase Samples Following Pulse Radiolysis [PDF, 376KB]
University of Pennsylvania 30 September 2011: Achieving Secondary Structural Resolution in Kinetic Measurements of Protein Folding: A Case Study of the Folding Mechanism of Trp-cage
Infrared Signature and Folding Dynamics of a Helical β-Peptide [PDF, 694KB]
Adelphi University - Dept of Physics Extremely sensitive detection of NO2 employing off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy coupled with multiple-line integrated absorption spectroscopy: 28 ppt of N2O
Enhancement of trace gas detection by integrating wavelength modulated spectra across multiple lines [PDF, 525KB]
Enhanced sensitivity for the detection of trace gases using multiple line integrated absorption spectroscopy (APPLIED OPTICS, 2009)
Absorption and wavelength modulation spectroscopy of NO2 using a tunable, external cavity continuous wave quantum cascade laser (APPLIED OPTICS, 2009)
Army Research Laboratory
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Development of a MEMS-Scale Photoacoustic Chemical Sensor Using a Quantum Cascade Laser [PDF, 240KB]
Brookhaven National Lab Application of External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Infrared Lasers to Nanosecond Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of Condensed-Phase Samples Following Pulse Radiolysis
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Standoff photoacoustic spectroscopy (APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 2008) [PDF, 455KB]
Standoff Spectroscopy of Surface Absorbed Chemicals (ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 2009) [PDF, 860KB]
Natural Resources Canada Mid-infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy of solids using an external-cavity quantum-cascade laser (OPTICS LETTERS, 2008) [PDF, 310KB]


White Papers

Complete spectral coverage using a mode hopping laser
Selex Distributed nerve gases sensor based on IR absorption in hollow optical fiber [PDF, 4.46MB]
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