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Default Square shaped aberration in new blue laser diode. Should I ask for a replacement?



This is a picture I took of the light from the laser shining on a door, with a pencil blocking the actual beam so that the light from the aberration would show up better. (The pencil started smoking while I was trying to take this picture.)

Have tried cleaning the optics with a lint-free microfiber cloth meant for camera lenses, and with isopropal alcohol and q-tips. No effect. Should I try to get a replacement, or is this normal? Is there an easy way to fix it myself?

This is a PLT5 450B, 450nm laser diode with G-2 Glass Lenses. I got it as part of an RGV bundle from DTR's Laser Shop.


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This is completely normal, caused by reflection within the diode.
It will always happen with multimode diodes and G2 lenses.
If you use a 3-element or G7 lens, you will eliminate this splash.
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This is completely normal, caused by reflection within the diode.
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Haha yes, I've been thinking of cutting it down. Tried to put it into a just wavelengths form (like rhd) but that just ended up looking bad. Any ideas?
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Haha yes, I've been thinking of cutting it down. Tried to put it into a just wavelengths form (like rhd) but that just ended up looking bad. Any ideas?

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This is a picture I took of the light from the laser shining on a door, with a pencil blocking the actual beam so that the light from the aberration would show up better. (The pencil started smoking while I was trying to take this picture.)

Have tried cleaning the optics with a lint-free microfiber cloth meant for camera lenses, and with isopropal alcohol and q-tips. No effect. Should I try to get a replacement, or is this normal? Is there an easy way to fix it myself?

This is a PLT5 450B, 450nm laser diode with G-2 Glass Lenses. I got it as part of an RGV bundle from DTR's Laser Shop.
Betcha that's schmutz on the diode window. If you have a high power magnifying glass or a jewlers loupe take a look at the diode window. Schmutz on optics produces that same spotty pattern that's why I think it's schmutz. I also have a high power 405nm laser with the same problem. It has something on the window.

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My 405 challenger has the square too with a -g7lens perfectly normal on these diodeseven my green pen build has it with a 3e lens however it is fainter.
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