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  • In the package specifications for laser diodes two terms are used, 'Optical Distance' and 'Luminous Point Distance'. What's the difference?
    • The 'optical distance' is the luminous point distance from the reference plane where light appears to be.
      When light passes through a material with a high refractive index, since it seems to only advance a short distance, a glass window is situated in the LD's exit port, and the optical distance from the reference plane appears longer than the luminous point distance (mechanical distance).
      More specifically, the luminous point is positioned 1.27mm from the reference plane, but optically seems to be 1.35mm away.
      In practice an optical distance of 1.35mm is important.
      For CAN packages without a glass window the optical distance and luminous point (mechanical) distance are the same: 1.35mm. In other words, LD manufacturers change the LD chip die bonding position based on the presence/absence of the glass window in order to ensure that the optical distance from the reference plane is the same.