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WBS Laser Communications Project 0.8 Class II
Laser project capable of demonstrating the versatility of data transmission with light.

The WBS Laser Communications Project is the ultimate educational laser project and contains the last laser you'll need to purchase. Why? Because of it contains a versatile laser with very wide electrical modulation capability. The digital audio jack accommodates as low as 100 Hz for laser audio communication experiments and an RF video jack capable of frequencies as high as 70 megahertz for simultaneous transmission of color video picture and sound.

  WBS Laser Communications Project

Part Number: IF UL08-635Y 
Price: $500.00
Instruction Guide

In this special package offer, Industrial Fiber Optics combines the WBS Laser, optical RF video receiver, coaxial cables, power adapters and an instruction booklet for setting up a VCR-to-Laser-to-Receiver-to-TV link as a group package.

In addition to the items above, a microphone, AM/FM radio, audio patch cords and an audio receiver are included for setting up an voice/audio voice transmission demonstration.

Project includes:

WBS Diode Lab Laser
Class II .8 mW
Part Number: IF UL08 635

Laser features include:
  • Semiconductor lasing element and all solid-state electronic design for a long dependable life
  • Bright 635 nanometer wavelength laser beam
  • Standard electrical input jacks
  • Electrical overdrive protection on all inputs
  • Linear polarized light beam
  • Tamper-resistant screws for safety
  • 4-year limited warranty

With such fantastic versatility, this one laser can perform all of the following dynamic optical communication demonstrations:

  • Voice communication
  • AM/FM radio transmission
  • Video from camcorder
  • RF video from VCR
  • Digital line-of-sight computer links
In addition, this laser in these projects can be used to conduct regular laser, optics and fiber optic experiments which demonstrate properties such as:
  • Refraction and reflection
  • Light shows
  • Tyndall's light-guiding-in-water experiments
  • Speed of light measurement
  • Critical angle determination in materials
  • Convergence and divergence of lenses
  • Polarization of light
  • Measurement of Brewster's angle
  • Perimeter security using laser beams


All manufacturers of lasers used in the United States, must conform to regulations administered by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDRH categorizes lasers as follows:

 Class 1

A laser or laser system which does not present a hazard to skin or eyes for any wavelength or exposure time. Exposure varies with wavelength. For ultraviolet, .2 to .4m exposure is less than from .8 or near IR, the exposure is < 200w. Consult CDRH regulations for specific information.

 Class 2

Any visible laser with an output less than 1 mW of power. Warning label requirements yellow caution label stating maximum output of 1 mW. Generally used as classroom lab lasers, supermarket scanners and laser pointers.

 Class 3a

Any visible laser with an output over 1 mW of power with a maximum output of 5 mW of power. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output of 5 mW. Also used as classroom lab lasers, in holography, laser pointers, leveling instruments, measuring devices and alignment equipment.

 Class 3b

Any laser with an output over 5 mW of power with a maximum output of 500 mW of power and all invisible lasers with an output up to 400 mW. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output. These lasers also require a key switch for operation and a 3.5-second delay when the laser is turned on. Used in many of the same applications as the Class IIIa when more power is required.

 Class 4

Any laser with an output over 500 mW of power. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output. These lasers are primarily used in industrial applications such as tooling, machining, cutting and welding. Most medical laser applications also require these high-powered lasers.

 CDRH Classification  Class II
 Polarization  Linear
 Laser Emission Color   Red
 Laser Mode  TEM00
 Operating  Unit  Value
 Input Voltage  V 10 to 15
 Input Current  mA 60 to 125
 Wavelength  nm  635
 Optical Output Power, Nominal  mW  0.8
 Power, (min/max)  mW  .75 / .90
 Beam Diameter  mm  4
 Beam Divergence  mRad  1
 Digital Modulation  MHz 7 k - 15 M
 Analog Modulation  Hz to MHz 100 - 70 M
 Mechanical  Unit  Value
 Operating Temperature  ° C  0 - 40
 Housing  cm  5.6 x 7.5 x 22 cm