Complete HeNe Laser Power Supply Schematics

This chapter provides a variety of circuits of both line powered and inverter types for the basic power supply, some with regulators, modulation inputs, and other goodies. Several have been reverse engineered from actual working commercial products. Some of these have been modified or enhanced to provide additional capabilities like current sensin
Complete HeNe Laser Power Supply Schematics - schematic

g or modulation. I have designed (and in most cases, constructed and tested as well) the others (those with names starting with "Sam`s") for various power ratings and capabilities using commonly available parts in most cases. This collection includes power supplies suitable for almost any HeNe tube or laser head with an optical output power from. 5 to 35 mW - and beyond. See the section: HeNe Laser Power Supply Selection Guide to identify the one (or more!) that may be most suitable for your collection of HeNe tubes as-is or with minor modifications. And, most of these circuits can be easily modified for your specific needs: For example, a very high power HeNe tube or a weird laser requiring multiple power supply feeds and separate starters CAUTION: Although not explicitly shown in some schematics, accessible parts of the power supply and laser head should be connected to earth ground via a three-prong power cord. This protects against a dangerous shock hazard should there be a fault condition and also eliminates any possibility of even a slight tingle due to capacitive coupling of high voltages. Where such a problem is detected with an existing power supply, there is likely an insulation or wiring problem in either the supply or laser head which should be corrected. If a ground is simply added to the laser head case, the power supply may fail due to a problem elsewhere. CAUTION: Where a ground was not shown on some of the...

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