Optical switch Optical switch

FA optical switch (Optical sensor)

An optical switch is a non-contact sensor that detects the presence of objects by using light. It is made of a light projection area that emits light and a photosensitive area that receives light. When the projected light is blocked or, reflected by the object to be detected, the light level incident on the photosensitive area changes, and this change is converted into an electric signal and output.
It is used for object presence detection, passage detection, arrival detection, level-difference detection, surface state detection, and so on in a wide variety of everyday situations from industrial applications including production lines and distribution warehouses to household applications.

Hamamatsu provides the LEDs used as light sources and the photodiodes and photo ICs that are used as photosensors.
We also have devices for distance measurement and displacement measurement using the triangulation method.

Various optical switch setups including transmissive type, regressive reflection type, diffuse reflection type, and triangulation distance measurement type

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Hamamatsu optical switch LEDs offer high output and high reliability. We offer a wide-ranging product lineup for various use scenes. Red light types (660 to 700 nm) that is easy to use when you want to alert people of the operating status and easily align the optical axis as well as near-infrared light types suitable for security applications and applications that require high output (850 to 945 nm).We offer a type with a lens that suppresses the diffusion of emitted light. We also offer many package variations such as a surface mount type that supports reflow mounting.

Peak spectral wavelength
 - 660 nm: L11767, L11767-0066L
 - 850 nm: L14096-0085GL, L13141-0085K
 - 870 nm: L9337, L12756, L12171-0087G
 - 945 nm: L9338 

Si PIN photodiodes

These high-speed and high-sensitivity Si PIN photodiodes support the emission wavelengths of red LEDs and infrared LEDs.

  • Metal package (reliable): S5821, S1223, S5971
  • Plastic package (low cost): S2506-02, S2506-04
  • Surface mount type (can be implemented by solder reflow): S13773, S10993-02CT

Photo IC

These photo ICs include functions needed for optical switches. In combination with an LED, the photo IC can be used as a reflective or transmissive sensor and provides stable operation even under a certain degree of background light.

  • Analog output type: S11049-202SB, S11049-203DT
  • Digital output type: S4282-51, S10053

CMOS image sensors

This image sensor can be applied to distance and displacement measurement using the triangulation method.

One-dimensional PSD

This is a one-dimensional PSD (position sensitive detector) that can be applied to distance and displacement measurements using the triangulation method.

Two-dimensional PSD

This is a 2D PSD (position sensitive detector) that can be applied to distance and position measurement.

2D projection data acquisition sensor applicable to position detection.

MEMS mirror

This is a small mirror for laser scanning.

  • For 1D scanning: S12237-03P
  • For 2D scanning: S13989-01H

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