With the new high power laser diode PL TB450, Osram Opto Semiconductors strengthens its leading role in lasers on indium-gallium-nitride basis. Mounted in a compact TO56 package, the blue laser diode features an optical power of 1.4 Watt (W). Professional projectors with a luminous flux of more than 1000 lumen are the main area of application for the new laser diode PL TB450. With its wavelength of 450 nanometer (nm) it produces exactly the wanted blue, and with 1.4 W (at room temperature and a current of 1.2 A) the high optical power required. The long lifetime of the laser diodes facilitates a maintenance-free operation of projectors at low energy consumption.
There are various approaches for the use of the laser diode in a professional projector: Usually red LEDs are combined with blue high power lasers. The green color emerges when blue lasers excite a special phosphor to emit light. Red light can also be generated this way so that the projector light source can be designed without red LED, thus turning out even smaller, if so required. The basic technologies for indium-gallium-nitride laser diodes had been developed in the course of the MOLAS Project, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.