Patent Number: 6,310,900

Title: Laser diode package with heat sink

Abstract: A laser diode assembly includes a laser diode having an emitting surface and a reflective surface opposing the emitting surface. Between the emitting and reflective surfaces, the laser diode has first and second surfaces to which a first heat sink and second heat sink are attached, respectively, via a solder bond. A spacer element is disposed between the first and second heat sinks and is below the laser diode. The spacer element has a width that is chosen to provide optimum spacing between the first and second heat sinks. The spacer element has a height that is chosen to place the emitting surface of the laser diodes at a position that is substantially flush with the upper surfaces of the heat sinks. A substrate is positioned below the first and second heat sinks and is attached to these two components usually via a solder bond. The substrate is preferably of a nonconductive material so that electrical current flows only through the heat sinks and the laser diode. To properly locate the spacer element, the substrate may include a locating channel into which the spacer element fits. Each of the heat sinks is coated with a solder layer prior to assembly. Once the components are placed in their basic assembly position, only one heating step is needed to cause the solder layer on the heat sinks to reflow and attach each heat sink to the adjacent laser diodes and also to the substrate.

Inventors: Stephens; Edward F. (Dittmer, MO), Micke; Dean W. (Marthasville, MO), Boxell; Alan D. (Dupo, IL)

Assignee: Cutting Edge Optronics, Inc.

International Classification: H01S 5/024 (20060101); H01S 5/00 (20060101); H01S 5/40 (20060101); H01S 5/02 (20060101); H01S 003/04 (); H01S 005/00 (); H01S 003/091 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018