Ophir’s New Sensor for Measuring IPL Pulses: L40(150)A-IPL

Hair removal, skin rejuvenation and even in non-medical unregulated cosmetic applications – No doubt there is a real need to regularly monitor the IPL’s source performance.

Meet Ophir’s new sensor specifically designed for measuring IPL pulses: L40(150)A-IPL.

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If you have a laser, you need to measure it.

As in every year – Ophir’s 2018 new catalog covers a wide range of laser power and energy sensors, meters and laser beam profiling systems for medical, industrial, defense, and research applications.

The first section of the catalog is devoted to laser power meters, which consist of sensors (detectors) and meters (displays). Ophir online tools will help you choose your sensor or your meter based on your laser parameters and on your own preferences. Using Ophir’s solutions, you can measure wavelengths from 150 nm (deep UV) to 1 mm (THz), and powers from 300 fW to 120 kW. Almost all Ophir sensors work with all our meters.

The second section is devoted to Laser beam profiling an umbrella term that includes measurements of the beam size, spatial distribution (profile), and beam quality (M2), among other things.

So…What’s New?

Lots of things have changed, but I’ll let you in on a few of the new products and applications found only in the 2018 catalog:

Power Meter section:

  • LP2 new sensor coating –  creating a new standard of high power laser measurement, Ophir now offers a new family of laser sensors based on a specially developed absorber called the LP2. In addition to having the highest damage threshold available, LP2 coating has a very high absorption (reduces dangerous back reflection), provides very low dependence on beam angle (allowing the sensors to measure divergent high power lasers) and it is very flat spectrally (giving highest calibration accuracy).
  • Compact Measurement of high laser power (no water cooling) using Ophir’s L40(150)A-LP2/30(150)A-LP2 / Helios – Using the pulsed power method, a high laser power can be measured by a short exposure to the laser power. Learn more about it here (and on our new catalog).
  • Ophir’s IPL new energy sensors can now measure pulse energies as high as 2000 J, and can safely withstand fluencies of up to 400 J/cm2 for pulse widths typical of IPL sources. This is made possible by Ophir’s innovative “LP2” absorber mentioned above, with the highest damage threshold in the industry. Learn more about it here.


Beam Profiling section:

  • BeamWatch® AM  – The industry’s first non-contact laser beam monitoring system for additive manufacturing. It is a lightweight, compact system designed for real-time measurement of focal shift & measures key beam size, position, and quality parameters, including focus spot size and beam caustic.
  • Focal Spot Analyzer – Measure your laser beam power distribution and focal spot size of wavelengths from 266 – 1100nm. The average power can be from <1 to 400 Watts and the focal spot can be as small as 25µm.

  • BeamCheck™ – An integrated laser measurement system designed to measure critical laser beam parameters for laser-based additive manufacturing systems


Download the free 2018 laser measurement catalog today!

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THANK YOU FOR VISITING US AT THE 2018 Photonics west Trade show!

We would like to dedicate this blog post to all of  you who came by our booth (#507) at the 2018 Photonics west Trade show.
Among many other  exciting products, we were glad to introduc the new Centauri laser power meter for the very first time!

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MKS Announces Ophir® Centauri, Compact Touch-Screen Laser Power/Energy Meter

San Francisco, CA – January 30, 2018 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® Centauri at Photonics West 2018, a compact, portable laser power / energy meter for precise measurements of laser performance over time.

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This is why you need to Visit Ophir Next Week at Photonics West 2018


With less than a week to go, the team at Ophir Photonics is getting ready to pack their bags and head off to San Francisco to attend the SPIE Photonics West Conference.

Use a laser? You won’t want to miss our booth (#507) at Photonics West.


Well, here’s a taste of what you will see there:

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4 ways Ophir’s “LP2” laser sensors can help you beat measurement challenges

When you’re facing a difficult laser measurement problem, you want a solution in which you can have full confidence– so you can focus on your application.

Let’s say you’re NOT a laser measurement expert.
In many laser applications nowadays, you can find yourself facing multiple challenges. Any of these sound familiar?

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We’ve all been there before.

You just want to measure the laser power with a simple power meter, but before you write down the reading, you notice it’s changed.  You take a closer look and see that it’s changing continuously.  

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MKS Announces Ophir® LBS-300s, New Beam Splitter Finds Focus Spots with Shorter Working Distances

Andover, MA – December 12, 2017 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® LBS-300s, a compact, portable laser beam splitter for handling small beam diameters and a wide range of powers.

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Happy new year!

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3 Ways to Measure Kilowatt Laser Power with no Water Cooling

Imagine you have a KW laser in use.

You of course realize the importance of measuring its power in order to keep your process running smoothly.
However, the water cooling that such sensors need (they need water cooling, don’t they?) is causing you headaches – maybe disconnecting and reconnecting your plumbing is an invitation to leak problems, or maybe water is an unwelcome substance anywhere near your particular process.

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