Elliot Scientific has introduced the ICE Box, an Integrated Control Electronics System for semiconductor lasers from Vescent Photonics.
ICE Box is a suite of compact digitally-controlled electronics that precisely drive and stabilise a broad range of semiconductor lasers and associated photonics tools used in applications such as atomic clocks, BEC or cold atom experiments, quantum computing, cryptography devices and gravity/magnetic/inertial sensors.
Based on the same high-performance D2 Series electronics that have established Vescent Photonics in laser control and stabilisation, the ICE Box is fully compatible with all current Vescent D2 modules and can be used to drive and control a complete stabilised-laser system; overseeing frequency and temperature, offset lock DBR, DFB, or external cavity lasers.
ICE Box can also control a tapered amplifier or a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) operating either as an amplifier or as a high-contrast non-mechanical shutter, and a liquid crystal shutter.
Each ICE Box control board is commanded via a USB Virtual Communication Port programmed in a language such as LabVIEW, MATLAB, Python, Java, et al.
An intuitive GUI can also be used to issue commands and control the experiment or, if installed in the ICE Box - a chassis that provides power and interface connections - a front-panel control is included.