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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MKS Announces Ophir® BeamWatch AM, Non-Contact Laser Beam Monitoring System for Additive Manufacturing

Andover, MA – November 20, 2017 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® BeamWatch® AM, the industry’s first non-contact laser beam monitoring system for additive manufacturing.

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Beam Profiling 101: Intro to laser measurement

One of the most common questions Mark S. Szorik, Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager at Ophir Photonics is being asked, is “Why do I need a beam profiler and what tools and methods do I need to profile my beam?”

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Increase Production Quality and Efficiency by Measuring with Ophir’s Helios Laser Power Meter

Ophir’s Helios industrial laser power meter is a compact instrument for measuring high power lasers.
Designed with factory automation in mind,

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StarLab 3.30 screen capture feature – Simple, quick and ‘on the go’

Let’s say it’s just another working day at the office – you’re working with StarLab (Ophir Laser Measurement PC Software) and you just realized that the graph on the screen indicating the laser Power over the last few minutes needs to be saved because there was some unforeseen event and the Power changed, and you hadn’t had a chance set up and record this with the Logging feature.

Well, not to worry! We’re here for you.

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Reducing Production Waste with Laser Profiling and Characterization

A laser profiling system can characterize and identify which variables affect product quality and waste.
But many laser users have never evaluated the quality of the beam beyond the initial delivery. This leads to frequent process adjustments to try to get back to “normal” and frantic calls to outside laser services.

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Meet the Optical Vortex

What would it take to fully characterize a general beam of light?

To begin we would probably specify its color or, more accurately, its spectral distribution.
We would also need to describe its spatial distribution, i.e. the intensity versus position in a cross section of the beam. But light, of course, is a vector phenomenon so our characterization would also need to include the direction of the electric and magnetic fields (polarization).

And we are not done yet.

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