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3-Wavelength, Single Mode WDMs


  • Combine or Split Three Input Wavelengths
  • Designed for Common Visible/NIR Wavelength Combinations
  • FC/PC or FC/APC Outputs

RGB50HF

488, 561, and 640 nm WDM with FC/PC Connectors

RGB50HA

488, 561, and 640 nm WDMwith FC/APC Connectors

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RGB46HA WDM (FC/APC Connectors) Mounted on Thorlabs' FCQB Mounting Base

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General Specifications
Port Configuration 1x3
Termination 2.0 mm Narrow Key FC/PC or FC/APC
Fiber Lead Length and Tolerance 0.8 +0.075 m/-0.0 m
Jacket Ø900 µm Loose Hytrel® Tube
Pigtail Tensile Load 5 N
Package Dimensions 3.94" x 3.15" x 0.39"
(100.0 mm x 80.0 mm x 10.0 mm)
Mounting Four Through Holes for #2 (M2) Screwsa
Operating Temperature -40 to 85 °C
Storage Temperature -40 to 85 °C
  • Through holes provide compatibility with the FCQB mounting base, available below.
RGB Combiner
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The ports on the 3-Wavelength WDM are labeled with the wavelength. The common port (COM) has a white jacket.

Features

  • Combine Three Wavelengths into a Single Fiber Output
  • Seven Wavelength Combinations (See the Table Below to the Right for Options)
  • Color-Coded Inputs for Easy Identification
  • Reversible: Can Also be Used to Split 3 Input Colors
  • 0.8 m Long Single Mode Fiber Leads on All Ports
  • Available with 2.0 mm Narrow Key FC/PC or FC/APC Connectors
  • Each WDM is Shipped with an Individualized Product Data Sheet (See Below for Sample Data Sheets)
  • Mount to an Optical Table with the FCQB Mounting Base (Available Below)

Thorlabs' 3-Wavelength Wavelength Division Multiplexers (WDMs), also known as RGB Combiners, allow light of three different wavelengths to be combined into a single output fiber. Seven wavelength combinations are available; options are listed in the table to the right. They can also be used in reverse, splitting three wavelengths entering the common port into three separate output ports.

As seen in the image to the above right, a label on the top of the housing indicates the wavelength for each port, or channel. Additionally, the jacket on each fiber leg is color coded (visible wavelengths only); white indicates the common port. Each of the ports with an assigned wavelength has a ±5 nm bandwidth around that center wavelength. The graphs provided below give an example of the insertion loss in each channel for each of the color combinations offered. An insertion loss close to zero indicates high transmission at that wavelength, while a high value of insertion loss indicates low transmission of the signal. These WDMs provide low crosstalk (good isolation) between the wavelengths in each port; for each channel, signals at the center wavelengths of the other two channels are suppressed by at least 10 dB relative to the channel's specified wavelength.

The 3-wavelength WDMs are tested during the manufacturing process to ensure that they meet specifications. Each RGB combiner is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3. Please see below for sample data sheets for each wavelength combination.

Each WDM is contained in a compact 3.94" x 3.15" x 0.39" (100.0 mm x 80.0 mm x 10.0 mm) housing that includes four through holes for mounting the device to our FCQB mounting base (available separately below). All fiber leads are jacketed in Ø900 µm loose Hytrel® tubes and are 0.8 m long. These WDMs are offered from stock with 2.0 mm narrow key FC/PC or FC/APC connectors.

Additionally, Thorlabs offers 2-wavelength combiners (for visible wavelengths), single mode WDMs (for NIR and telecom wavelengths), and polarization-maintaining WDMs. Other fiber types and select wavelength combinations are available upon request. If a custom connector configuration is needed, one-day turnaround is possible for small orders if the order is placed before 12 PM EST. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.

Other Wavelength Division Multiplexers (WDMs)
2-Wavelength WDMs 3-Wavelength WDMs Polarization Maintaining WDMs Fused Fiber
Couplers
 Visible/NIR (λ ≤ 785 nm)  Infrared (λ ≥ 980 nm) Visible/NIR Infrared

RGB Combiner Design

Thorlabs' RGB Combiners are designed to combine light at three wavelengths into a single common fiber. As shown in the diagram below, the combiner internally consists of two fused fiber wavelength combiners that merge light from the three wavelength ports (ports 1 - 3) into a single output (common port). In the combiner shown in the diagram below, light from port 1 and port 3 are combined first, and then light from port 2 is added using a second wavelength combiner. Depending on the wavelength configuration of each port, the order in which the ports are combined may vary.

Because RGB combiners are bidirectional, the they can also split light inserted into the common port. For optimal splitting performance, the input light should only contain wavelengths specified for the three output ports. Out-of-band performance can be estimated using the data sheets provided with each RGB combiner; click here for a sample data sheet or see below for sample data sheets for each wavelength combination.

Schematic of the internal components of an example RGB Combiner. The zoom panel shows an example configuration of how (ports 1 - 3) are combined into the common port.


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The shaded regions in the plot indicate the bandwidth where each port meets the specified performance.

RGB Combiner Manufacturing and Verification Process

To manufacture the RGB combiner, three optical fibers are fused together to form the two wavelength couplers that comprise the RGB combiner. This section details the step-by-step process for manufacturing and verifying the performance of an example RGB combiner. The exact configuration of the fibers within the combiner may vary depending on the specified wavelengths.

During each manufacturing step, the output power and insertion loss (IL) at each port is monitored. As seen in the graph to the right and definition below, insertion loss (measured in dB) is the ratio of the input power to the output power from each leg of the coupler as a function of wavelength. Each port of the coupler is designed to have high transmission of a single wavelength while supressing other wavelengths, which minimizes cross talk between the ports.

Insertion Loss

where Pin and Pout are the input and output powers (in mW).



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In the diagram, the fibers are color-coded; green for port 2 (middle wavelength) and violet for a mix of short and long wavelengths.  

Step 1

At the first stage, two fibers are fused on a manufacturing station to separate out the center wavelength channel of the RGB combiner. The output in this channel is monitored during the fusing process using a source on one side and an optical spectrum analyzer (OSA) on the other. The insertion loss as a function of wavelength is calculated from the spectrum obtained from the OSA.




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In the diagram, the fibers are color-coded; green for port 2 (middle wavelength) and violet for a mix of short and long wavelengths.

Step 2

The other fiber end from the first wavelength split contains both the short and long wavelengths of the original source. The insertion loss from the short/long wavelength channel can be similarly determined using a source and OSA at this port.



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In the diagram, the fibers are color-coded; green for port 2 (middle wavelength), violet for a mix of short and long wavelengths, blue for port 1 (short wavelength), and red for port 3 (long wavelength).

Step 3

To separate the short and long wavelength channels after the first split, a second fused fiber stage is added (shown in the diagram to the right). The output from the short wavelength channel is measured during the fusing process and the insertion loss is calculated from these measurements.



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In the diagram, the fibers are color-coded; green for port 2 (middle wavelength), violet for a mix of short and long wavelengths, blue for port 1 (short wavelength), and red for port 3 (long wavelength).

Step 4

In the final step, the output from the long wavelength port is measured using the OSA for quality control. At this point, unused fiber leads at each wavelength split are terminated. The insertion loss from each output port can be combined to generate the insertion loss plot shown above.

Laser-Induced Damage in Silica Optical Fibers

The following tutorial details damage mechanisms relevant to unterminated (bare) fiber, terminated optical fiber, and other fiber components from laser light sources. These mechanisms include damage that occurs at the air / glass interface (when free-space coupling or when using connectors) and in the optical fiber itself. A fiber component, such as a bare fiber, patch cable, or fused coupler, may have multiple potential avenues for damage (e.g., connectors, fiber end faces, and the device itself). The maximum power that a fiber can handle will always be limited by the lowest limit of any of these damage mechanisms.

While the damage threshold can be estimated using scaling relations and general rules, absolute damage thresholds in optical fibers are very application dependent and user specific. Users can use this guide to estimate a safe power level that minimizes the risk of damage. Following all appropriate preparation and handling guidelines, users should be able to operate a fiber component up to the specified maximum power level; if no maximum is specified for a component, users should abide by the "practical safe level" described below for safe operation of the component. Factors that can reduce power handling and cause damage to a fiber component include, but are not limited to, misalignment during fiber coupling, contamination of the fiber end face, or imperfections in the fiber itself. For further discussion about an optical fiber’s power handling abilities for a specific application, please contact Thorlabs’ Tech Support.

Power Handling Limitations Imposed by Optical Fiber
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Undamaged Fiber End
Power Handling Limitations Imposed by Optical Fiber
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Damaged Fiber End

Damage at the Air / Glass Interface

There are several potential damage mechanisms that can occur at the air / glass interface. Light is incident on this interface when free-space coupling or when two fibers are mated using optical connectors. High-intensity light can damage the end face leading to reduced power handling and permanent damage to the fiber. For fibers terminated with optical connectors where the connectors are fixed to the fiber ends using epoxy, the heat generated by high-intensity light can burn the epoxy and leave residues on the fiber facet directly in the beam path.

Estimated Optical Power Densities on Air / Glass Interfacea
Type Theoretical Damage Thresholdb Practical Safe Levelc
CW
(Average Power)
~1 MW/cm2 ~250 kW/cm2
10 ns Pulsed
(Peak Power)
~5 GW/cm2 ~1 GW/cm2
  • All values are specified for unterminated (bare) silica fiber and apply for free space coupling into a clean fiber end face.
  • This is an estimated maximum power density that can be incident on a fiber end face without risking damage. Verification of the performance and reliability of fiber components in the system before operating at high power must be done by the user, as it is highly system dependent.
  • This is the estimated safe optical power density that can be incident on a fiber end face without damaging the fiber under most operating conditions.

Damage Mechanisms on the Bare Fiber End Face

Damage mechanisms on a fiber end face can be modeled similarly to bulk optics, and industry-standard damage thresholds for UV Fused Silica substrates can be applied to silica-based fiber. However, unlike bulk optics, the relevant surface areas and beam diameters involved at the air / glass interface of an optical fiber are very small, particularly for coupling into single mode (SM) fiber. therefore, for a given power density, the power incident on the fiber needs to be lower for a smaller beam diameter.

The table to the right lists two thresholds for optical power densities: a theoretical damage threshold and a "practical safe level". In general, the theoretical damage threshold represents the estimated maximum power density that can be incident on the fiber end face without risking damage with very good fiber end face and coupling conditions. The "practical safe level" power density represents minimal risk of fiber damage. Operating a fiber or component beyond the practical safe level is possible, but users must follow the appropriate handling instructions and verify performance at low powers prior to use.

Calculating the Effective Area for Single Mode and Multimode Fibers
The effective area for single mode (SM) fiber is defined by the mode field diameter (MFD), which is the cross-sectional area through which light propagates in the fiber; this area includes the fiber core and also a portion of the cladding. To achieve good efficiency when coupling into a single mode fiber, the diameter of the input beam must match the MFD of the fiber.

As an example, SM400 single mode fiber has a mode field diameter (MFD) of ~Ø3 µm operating at 400 nm, while the MFD for SMF-28 Ultra single mode fiber operating at 1550 nm is Ø10.5 µm. The effective area for these fibers can be calculated as follows:

SM400 Fiber: Area = Pi x (MFD/2)2 = Pi x (1.5 µm)2 = 7.07 µm= 7.07 x 10-8 cm2

 SMF-28 Ultra Fiber: Area = Pi x (MFD/2)2 = Pi x (5.25 µm)2 = 86.6 µm= 8.66 x 10-7 cm2

To estimate the power level that a fiber facet can handle, the power density is multiplied by the effective area. Please note that this calculation assumes a uniform intensity profile, but most laser beams exhibit a Gaussian-like shape within single mode fiber, resulting in a higher power density at the center of the beam compared to the edges. Therefore, these calculations will slightly overestimate the power corresponding to the damage threshold or the practical safe level. Using the estimated power densities assuming a CW light source, we can determine the corresponding power levels as:

SM400 Fiber: 7.07 x 10-8 cm2 x 1 MW/cm2 = 7.1 x 10-8 MW = 71 mW (Theoretical Damage Threshold)
     7.07 x 10-8 cm2 x 250 kW/cm2 = 1.8 x 10-5 kW = 18 mW (Practical Safe Level)

SMF-28 Ultra Fiber: 8.66 x 10-7 cm2 x 1 MW/cm2 = 8.7 x 10-7 MW = 870 mW (Theoretical Damage Threshold)
           8.66 x 10-7 cm2 x 250 kW/cm2 = 2.1 x 10-4 kW = 210 mW (Practical Safe Level)

The effective area of a multimode (MM) fiber is defined by the core diameter, which is typically far larger than the MFD of an SM fiber. For optimal coupling, Thorlabs recommends focusing a beam to a spot roughly 70 - 80% of the core diameter. The larger effective area of MM fibers lowers the power density on the fiber end face, allowing higher optical powers (typically on the order of kilowatts) to be coupled into multimode fiber without damage.

Damage Mechanisms Related to Ferrule / Connector Termination


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Plot showing approximate power handling levels for single mode silica optical fiber with a termination. Each line shows the estimated power level due to a specific damage mechanism. The maximum power handling is limited by the lowest power level from all relevant damage mechanisms (indicated by a solid line).

Fibers terminated with optical connectors have additional power handling considerations. Fiber is typically terminated using epoxy to bond the fiber to a ceramic or steel ferrule. When light is coupled into the fiber through a connector, light that does not enter the core and propagate down the fiber is scattered into the outer layers of the fiber, into the ferrule, and the epoxy used to hold the fiber in the ferrule. If the light is intense enough, it can burn the epoxy, causing it to vaporize and deposit a residue on the face of the connector. This results in localized absorption sites on the fiber end face that reduce coupling efficiency and increase scattering, causing further damage.

For several reasons, epoxy-related damage is dependent on the wavelength. In general, light scatters more strongly at short wavelengths than at longer wavelengths. Misalignment when coupling is also more likely due to the small MFD of short-wavelength SM fiber that also produces more scattered light.

To minimize the risk of burning the epoxy, fiber connectors can be constructed to have an epoxy-free air gap between the optical fiber and ferrule near the fiber end face. Our high-power multimode fiber patch cables use connectors with this design feature.

Determining Power Handling with Multiple Damage Mechanisms

When fiber cables or components have multiple avenues for damage (e.g., fiber patch cables), the maximum power handling is always limited by the lowest damage threshold that is relevant to the fiber component.

As an illustrative example, the graph to the right shows an estimate of the power handling limitations of a single mode fiber patch cable due to damage to the fiber end face and damage via an optical connector. The total power handling of a terminated fiber at a given wavelength is limited by the lower of the two limitations at any given wavelength (indicated by the solid lines). A single mode fiber operating at around 488 nm is primarily limited by damage to the fiber end face (blue solid line), but fibers operating at 1550 nm are limited by damage to the optical connector (red solid line).

In the case of a multimode fiber, the effective mode area is defined by the core diameter, which is larger than the effective mode area for SM fiber. This results in a lower power density on the fiber end face and allows higher optical powers (on the order of kilowatts) to be coupled into the fiber without damage (not shown in graph). However, the damage limit of the ferrule / connector termination remains unchanged and as a result, the maximum power handling for a multimode fiber is limited by the ferrule and connector termination. 

Please note that these are rough estimates of power levels where damage is very unlikely with proper handling and alignment procedures. It is worth noting that optical fibers are frequently used at power levels above those described here. However, these applications typically require expert users and testing at lower powers first to minimize risk of damage. Even still, optical fiber components should be considered a consumable lab supply if used at high power levels.

Intrinsic Damage Threshold

In addition to damage mechanisms at the air / glass interface, optical fibers also display power handling limitations due to damage mechanisms within the optical fiber itself. These limitations will affect all fiber components as they are intrinsic to the fiber itself. Two categories of damage within the fiber are damage from bend losses and damage from photodarkening. 

Bend Losses
Bend losses occur when a fiber is bent to a point where light traveling in the core is incident on the core/cladding interface at an angle higher than the critical angle, making total internal reflection impossible. Under these circumstances, light escapes the fiber, often in a localized area. The light escaping the fiber typically has a high power density, which burns the fiber coating as well as any surrounding furcation tubing.

A special category of optical fiber, called double-clad fiber, can reduce the risk of bend-loss damage by allowing the fiber’s cladding (2nd layer) to also function as a waveguide in addition to the core. By making the critical angle of the cladding/coating interface higher than the critical angle of the core/clad interface, light that escapes the core is loosely confined within the cladding. It will then leak out over a distance of centimeters or meters instead of at one localized spot within the fiber, minimizing the risk of damage. Thorlabs manufactures and sells 0.22 NA double-clad multimode fiber, which boasts very high, megawatt range power handling.

Photodarkening
A second damage mechanism, called photodarkening or solarization, can occur in fibers used with ultraviolet or short-wavelength visible light, particularly those with germanium-doped cores. Fibers used at these wavelengths will experience increased attenuation over time. The mechanism that causes photodarkening is largely unknown, but several fiber designs have been developed to mitigate it. For example, fibers with a very low hydroxyl ion (OH) content have been found to resist photodarkening and using other dopants, such as fluorine, can also reduce photodarkening.

Even with the above strategies in place, all fibers eventually experience photodarkening when used with UV or short-wavelength light, and thus, fibers used at these wavelengths should be considered consumables.

Preparation and Handling of Optical Fibers

General Cleaning and Operation Guidelines
These general cleaning and operation guidelines are recommended for all fiber optic products. Users should still follow specific guidelines for an individual product as outlined in the support documentation or manual. Damage threshold calculations only apply when all appropriate cleaning and handling procedures are followed.

  1. All light sources should be turned off prior to installing or integrating optical fibers (terminated or bare). This ensures that focused beams of light are not incident on fragile parts of the connector or fiber, which can possibly cause damage.

  2. The power-handling capability of an optical fiber is directly linked to the quality of the fiber/connector end face. Always inspect the fiber end prior to connecting the fiber to an optical system. The fiber end face should be clean and clear of dirt and other contaminants that can cause scattering of coupled light. Bare fiber should be cleaved prior to use and users should inspect the fiber end to ensure a good quality cleave is achieved.

  3. If an optical fiber is to be spliced into the optical system, users should first verify that the splice is of good quality at a low optical power prior to high-power use. Poor splice quality may increase light scattering at the splice interface, which can be a source of fiber damage.

  4. Users should use low power when aligning the system and optimizing coupling; this minimizes exposure of other parts of the fiber (other than the core) to light. Damage from scattered light can occur if a high power beam is focused on the cladding, coating, or connector.

Tips for Using Fiber at Higher Optical Power
Optical fibers and fiber components should generally be operated within safe power level limits, but under ideal conditions (very good optical alignment and very clean optical end faces), the power handling of a fiber component may be increased. Users must verify the performance and stability of a fiber component within their system prior to increasing input or output power and follow all necessary safety and operation instructions. The tips below are useful suggestions when considering increasing optical power in an optical fiber or component.

  1. Splicing a fiber component into a system using a fiber splicer can increase power handling as it minimizes possibility of air/fiber interface damage. Users should follow all appropriate guidelines to prepare and make a high-quality fiber splice. Poor splices can lead to scattering or regions of highly localized heat at the splice interface that can damage the fiber.

  2. After connecting the fiber or component, the system should be tested and aligned using a light source at low power. The system power can be ramped up slowly to the desired output power while periodically verifying all components are properly aligned and that coupling efficiency is not changing with respect to optical launch power.

  3. Bend losses that result from sharply bending a fiber can cause light to leak from the fiber in the stressed area. When operating at high power, the localized heating that can occur when a large amount of light escapes a small localized area (the stressed region) can damage the fiber. Avoid disturbing or accidently bending fibers during operation to minimize bend losses.

  4. Users should always choose the appropriate optical fiber for a given application. For example, large-mode-area fibers are a good alternative to standard single mode fibers in high-power applications as they provide good beam quality with a larger MFD, decreasing the power density on the air/fiber interface.

  5. Step-index silica single mode fibers are normally not used for ultraviolet light or high-peak-power pulsed applications due to the high spatial power densities associated with these applications.


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Posted Comments:
Poster:linh.nguyen01
Posted Date:2013-07-22 02:29:40.437
Would it be possible to use a FC/APC connector to the RGB FC/PC input port? I have a laser whose fibre pigtail is APC type.
Poster:antony.galea
Posted Date:2013-02-15 03:17:02.047
Other wavelengths would be of interest, even if the coupling was lossy. Wavelengths I work with include 473, 488, 532, 635 & 670nm - 4 of these are provided by an MCLS-1. The lower wavelengths are of the greater interest.
Poster:cdaly
Posted Date:2013-02-20 16:06:00.0
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our web feedback. We may be able to provide an RGB combiner with a custom wavelength configuration for you. I will contact you directly to discuss this further.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2012-07-05 14:41:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your interest in our RGB combiners! We do have plans to expand our offering to other wavelengths in the future. I will contact you to address your immediate needs.
Poster:cbrideau
Posted Date:2012-06-29 20:22:13.0
Would it be possible to get this for 405, 488, and 638nm, coupling into your new S405-XP 400-680nm single mode fiber? I am interested in potentially using this module with your MCLS1 4 channel laser diode source.

3-Wavelength WDMs (RGB Combiners): 473, 532, and 640 nm

RGB50 Combiner Insertion Loss
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This plot shows an example of the spectral performance of a RGB26 3-wavelength WDM. The lines represent the spectral response of each channel, while the colored regions denote the bandwidth around the center wavelengths. This data is typical; performance of each WDM may vary from unit to tunit. Data was obtained without connectors.
RGB26 Specifications
Port 1 2 3
Color Blue Green Red
Wavelength 473 nm 532 nm 640 nm
Bandwidtha ±5 nm ±5 nm ±5 nm
Insertion Lossa ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB
Transmissionb ≥85% ≥85% ≥85%
Isolationa,c @ 473 nm N/A ≥10 dB ≥10 dB
@ 532 nm ≥10 dB N/A ≥10 dB
@ 640 nm ≥10 dB ≥10 dB N/A
Polarization-Dependent Lossa ≤0.2 dB
Optical Return Lossa ≥60 dB
Fiber Typed 460HP
Max Power Levele 50 mW (Connectors or Bare Fiber)
100 mW (Spliced)
  • All values are specified over the bandwidth without connectors.
  • Transmission is calculated from the measured insertion loss; both values are provided here for convenience.
  • Isolation represents the maximum crosstalk between the channels.
  • Other fiber types are available upon request. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.
  • Specifies the total maximum power allowed through the component. Coupler performance and reliability under high power conditions must be determined within the user's setup.
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Each WDM is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
RGB26HF Support Documentation
RGB26HFRGB Combiner: 473, 532, and 640 nm, FC/PC Connectors
$908.00
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RGB26HA Support Documentation
RGB26HARGB Combiner: 473, 532, and 640 nm, FC/APC Connectors
$908.00
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3-Wavelength WDMs (RGB Combiners): 473, 561, and 640 nm

RGB50 Combiner Insertion Loss
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This plot shows an example of the spectral performance of a RGB30 3-wavelength WDM. The lines represent the spectral response of each channel, while the colored regions denote the bandwidth around the center wavelengths. This data is typical; performance of each WDM may vary from unit to tunit. Data was obtained without connectors.
RGB30 Specifications
Port 1 2 3
Color Blue Green Red
Wavelength 473 nm 561 nm 640 nm
Bandwidtha ±5 nm ±5 nm ±5 nm
Insertion Lossa ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB
Transmissionb ≥85% ≥85% ≥85%
Isolationa,c @ 473 nm N/A ≥10 dB ≥10 dB
@ 561 nm ≥10 dB N/A ≥10 dB
@ 640 nm ≥10 dB ≥10 dB N/A
Polarization-Dependent Lossa ≤0.2 dB
Optical Return Lossa ≥60 dB
Fiber Typed 460HP
Max Power Levele 50 mW (Connectors or Bare Fiber)
100 mW (Spliced)
  • All values are specified over the bandwidth without connectors.
  • Transmission is calculated from the measured insertion loss; both values are provided here for convenience.
  • Isolation represents the maximum crosstalk between the channels.
  • Other fiber types are available upon request. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.
  • Specifies the total maximum power allowed through the component. Coupler performance and reliability under high power conditions must be determined within the user's setup.
Click for Sample Data Sheet

Each WDM is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
RGB30HF Support Documentation
RGB30HFRGB Combiner: 473, 561, and 640 nm, FC/PC Connectors
$908.00
Today
RGB30HA Support Documentation
RGB30HARGB Combiner: 473, 561, and 640 nm, FC/APC Connectors
$908.00
Today

3-Wavelength WDMs (RGB Combiners): 488, 532, and 640 nm

RGB50 Combiner Insertion Loss
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Click Here for Raw Data
This plot shows an example of the spectral performance of a RGB46 3-wavelength WDM. The lines represent the spectral response of each channel, while the colored regions denote the bandwidth around the center wavelengths. This data is typical; performance of each WDM may vary from unit to tunit. Data was obtained without connectors.
RGB46 Specifications
Port 1 2 3
Color Blue Green Red
Wavelength 488 nm 532 nm 640 nm
Bandwidtha ±5 nm ±5 nm ±5 nm
Insertion Lossa ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB
Transmissionb ≥85% ≥85% ≥85%
Isolationa,c @ 488 nm N/A ≥12 dB ≥12 dB
@ 532 nm ≥12 dB N/A ≥12 dB
@ 640 nm ≥12 dB ≥12 dB N/A
Polarization-Dependent Lossa ≤0.2 dB
Optical Return Lossa ≥60 dB
Fiber Typed 460HP
Max Power Levele 50 mW (Connectors or Bare Fiber)
100 mW (Spliced)
  • All values are specified over the bandwidth without connectors.
  • Transmission is calculated from the measured insertion loss; both values are provided here for convenience.
  • Isolation represents the maximum crosstalk between the channels.
  • Other fiber types are available upon request. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.
  • Specifies the total maximum power allowed through the component. Coupler performance and reliability under high power conditions must be determined within the user's setup.
Click for Sample Data Sheet

Each WDM is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
RGB46HF Support Documentation
RGB46HFRGB Combiner: 488, 532, and 640 nm, FC/PC Connectors
$908.00
Today
RGB46HA Support Documentation
RGB46HARGB Combiner: 488, 532, and 640 nm, FC/APC Connectors
$908.00
Today

3-Wavelength WDMs (RGB Combiners): 488, 561, and 640 nm

RGB50 Combiner Insertion Loss
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Click Here for Raw Data
This plot shows an example of the spectral performance of a RGB50 3-wavelength WDM. The lines represent the spectral response of each channel, while the colored regions denote the bandwidth around the center wavelengths. This data is typical; performance of each WDM may vary from unit to tunit. Data was obtained without connectors.
RGB50 Specifications
Port 1 2 3
Color Blue Green Red
Wavelength 488 nm 561 nm 640 nm
Bandwidtha ±5 nm ±5 nm ±5 nm
Insertion Lossa ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB
Transmissionb ≥85% ≥85% ≥85%
Isolationa,c @ 488 nm N/A ≥15 dB ≥15 dB
@ 561 nm ≥15 dB N/A ≥15 dB
@ 640 nm ≥15 dB ≥15 dB N/A
Polarization-Dependent Lossa ≤0.2 dB
Optical Return Lossa ≥60 dB
Fiber Typed 460HP
Max Power Levele 50 mW (Connectors or Bare Fiber)
100 mW (Spliced)
  • All values are specified over the bandwidth without connectors.
  • Transmission is calculated from the measured insertion loss; both values are provided here for convenience.
  • Isolation represents the maximum crosstalk between the channels.
  • Other fiber types are available upon request. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.
  • Specifies the total maximum power allowed through the component. Coupler performance and reliability under high power conditions must be determined within the user's setup.
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Each WDM is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3.
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RGB50HF Support Documentation
RGB50HFRGB Combiner: 488, 561, and 640 nm, FC/PC Connectors
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RGB50HARGB Combiner: 488, 561, and 640 nm, FC/APC Connectors
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3-Wavelength WDMs (RYB Combiners): 488, 588, and 640 nm

RGB50 Combiner Insertion Loss
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This plot shows an example of the spectral performance of a RYB54 3-wavelength WDM. The lines represent the spectral response of each channel, while the colored regions denote the bandwidth around the center wavelengths. This data is typical; performance of each WDM may vary from unit to tunit. Data was obtained without connectors.
RYB54 Specifications
Port 1 2 3
Color Blue Yellow Red
Wavelength 488 nm 588 nm 640 nm
Bandwidtha ±5 nm ±5 nm ±5 nm
Insertion Lossa ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB
Transmissionb ≥85% ≥85% ≥85%
Isolationa,c @ 488 nm N/A ≥12 dB ≥12 dB
@ 588 nm ≥12 dB N/A ≥12 dB
@ 640 nm ≥12 dB ≥12 dB N/A
Polarization-Dependent Lossa ≤0.2 dB
Optical Return Lossa ≥60 dB
Fiber Typed 460HP
Max Power Levele 50 mW (Connectors or Bare Fiber)
100 mW (Spliced)
  • All values are specified over the bandwidth without connectors.
  • Transmission is calculated from the measured insertion loss; both values are provided here for convenience.
  • Isolation represents the maximum crosstalk between the channels.
  • Other fiber types are available upon request. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.
  • Specifies the total maximum power allowed through the component. Coupler performance and reliability under high power conditions must be determined within the user's setup.
Click for Sample Data Sheet

Each WDM is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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RYB54HF Support Documentation
RYB54HFRYB Combiner: 488, 588, and 640 nm, FC/PC Connectors
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RYB54HARYB Combiner: 488, 588, and 640 nm, FC/APC Connectors
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3-Wavelength WDMs (ROB Combiners): 488, 594, and 640 nm

RGB50 Combiner Insertion Loss
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This plot shows an example of the spectral performance of a ROB58 3-wavelength WDM. The lines represent the spectral response of each channel, while the colored regions denote the bandwidth around the center wavelengths. This data is typical; performance of each WDM may vary from unit to tunit. Data was obtained without connectors.
ROB58 Specifications
Port 1 2 3
Color Blue Orange Red
Wavelength 488 nm 594 nm 640 nm
Bandwidtha ±5 nm ±5 nm ±5 nm
Insertion Lossa ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB
Transmissionb ≥85% ≥85% ≥85%
Isolationa,c @ 488 nm N/A ≥10 dB ≥10 dB
@ 594 nm ≥10 dB N/A ≥10 dB
@ 640 nm ≥10 dB ≥10 dB N/A
Polarization-Dependent Lossa ≤0.2 dB
Optical Return Lossa ≥60 dB
Fiber Typed 460HP
Max Power Levele 50 mW (Connectors or Bare Fiber)
100 mW (Spliced)
  • All values are specified over the bandwidth without connectors.
  • Transmission is calculated from the measured insertion loss; both values are provided here for convenience.
  • Isolation represents the maximum crosstalk between the channels.
  • Other fiber types are available upon request. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.
  • Specifies the total maximum power allowed through the component. Coupler performance and reliability under high power conditions must be determined within the user's setup.
Click for Sample Data Sheet

Each WDM is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
ROB58HF Support Documentation
ROB58HFROB Combiner: 488, 594, and 640 nm, FC/PC Connectors
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ROB58HA Support Documentation
ROB58HAROB Combiner: 488, 594, and 640 nm, FC/APC Connectors
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3-Wavelength WDMs: 642, 785, and 852 nm

RNN50 Combiner Insertion Loss
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This plot shows an example of the spectral performance of a RNN50 3-wavelength WDM. The lines represent the spectral response of each channel, while the colored regions denote the bandwidth around the center wavelengths. This data is typical; performance of each WDM may vary from unit to tunit. Data was obtained without connectors.
RNN50 Specifications
Port 1 2 3
Color (Fiber Jacket) Red Green Blue
Wavelength 642 nm 785 nm 852 nm
Bandwidtha ±5 nm ±5 nm ±5 nm
Insertion Lossa ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB ≤0.7 dB
Transmissionb ≥85% ≥85% ≥85%
Isolationa,c @ 642 nm N/A ≥12 dB ≥12 dB
@ 785 nm ≥12 dB N/A ≥12 dB
@ 852 nm ≥12 dB ≥12 dB N/A
Polarization-Dependent Lossa ≤0.2 dB
Optical Return Lossa ≥60 dB
Fiber Typed 630HP
Max Power Levele 300 mW (Connectors or Bare Fiber)
500 mW (Spliced)
  • All values are specified over the bandwidth without connectors.
  • Transmission is calculated from the measured insertion loss; both values are provided here for convenience.
  • Isolation represents the maximum crosstalk between the channels.
  • Other fiber types are available upon request. Please contact Technical Support with inquiries.
  • Specifies the total maximum power allowed through the component. Coupler performance and reliability under high power conditions must be determined within the user's setup.
Click for Sample Data Sheet

Each WDM is shipped with a detailed test report that includes transmission and isolation measurements as well an insertion loss plot showing the performance of Ports 1, 2, and 3.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
RNN50HF Support Documentation
RNN50HF3-Wavelength WDM: 642, 785, and 852 nm, FC/PC Connectors
$908.00
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RNN50HA Support Documentation
RNN50HA3-Wavelength WDM: 642, 785, and 852 nm, FC/APC Connectors
$908.00
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Mounting Base

  • Mounting Base for Thorlabs' RGB Wavelength Combiners and 1x4 Single Mode (SM) Couplers
  • Four M2 Taps for Mounting Fiber Optic Component Housing
  • 2.25" (57.2 mm) Long Clearance Slots Accept 1/4"-20 (M6) Screws
  • Four M2 Mounting Screws Included

Our FCQB mounting base provides two 2.25" (57.2 mm) long clearance slots for 1/4" (M6) cap screws for mounting Thorlabs' RGB wavelength combiners or 1x4 couplers to an optical table or other tapped surface. The two clearance slots are located 4" (101.6 mm) apart at opposite edges of the mounting base. Four M2 taps between the clearance slots are positioned to align with the through holes in Thorlabs' RGB wavelength combiners and 1x4 SM couplers. Four M2 screws are included.

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FCQB Support Documentation
FCQBMounting Base for Thorlabs' RGB Combiners and 1x4 SM Couplers
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