NanoModeScan Laser M2 Measuring System

NanoModeScan M² Measuring System

Automatic M² Measurement Solution with Scanning Slit Profiler

This scanning slit M² measurement system accurately analyzes lasers with wavelengths from UV to Far Infrared with its silicon, germanium, or pyroelectric head. It features a compact portable design, immediate results, ISO compliant measurements, and operates in CW or kHz Pulsed modes which makes it ideal for comprehensive analysis of lasers of most wavelengths.

  • Scanhead Travel: 500
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Specification

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  • Silicon, Germanium or Pyroelectric
  • USB 2.0
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The NanoModeScan automated M2 measurement system is available with the following configurations.
  • NMS-NS2s-Si/9/5

    PH00477

    Model 1740 ModeScan with NanoScan 2s Silicon (Si ) Detector 9mm aperture 5μm slits Si detector 63.5mm diameter head, 9mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 5.0μm wide slits. Use from 190 to 1000nm wavelengths.

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  • NMS-NS2s-GE/9/5

    PH00478

    Model 1740 ModeScan with NanoScan 2s Germanium (GE) Detector 9mm aperture 5.0μm slits Germanium detector, 63.5mm diameter head, 9mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 5.0μm wide slits. Use from 700nm to 1.8μm wavelength.

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  • NMS-NS2s-Pyro/9/5

    PH00479

    Model 1740 ModeScan with NanoScan 2s Pyroelectric Detector 9.0mm aperture 5μm slits. Pyroelectric detector, 63.5mm diameter head, 9mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 5µm wide slits.

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Software

  • NanoModeScan
    NanoModeScan is our full-function software with a extensive set of ISO M2 measurements with the ease-of-use and flexibility that customers have come to expect.

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FAQ

When in the laser life cycle is the M2 measurement the most important?

M2 measurement is important if the stability of your laser is important to your process. Taking M2 measurements on a frequent basis allows you to see if your laser is stable from time to time. If the results of the M2 measurement fluctuate and a noticeable change happens over time, this could help identify problems with consistency in the laser and help prevent negative results to your process where the laser is being utilized.

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Why doesn’t the NanoModeScan “ModeScan Configuration” program remember the COM setting?

It has been observed that on networked computers with security, that in order to keep the COM setting in the NanoModeScan “ModeScan Configuration” program persistent, it needs to be launched with a right-mouse-key-click and select “Run as administrator” in order for it to work OK.

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Can you change the rotation frequency of the NanoModeScan?

You can change the rotation frequency of the NanoModeScan. You can choose any of the speeds available in the NanoScan software in the NanoModeScan software. As a default, the NanoModeScan starts at the 20 Hz rate.

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Why does my profile work well while running the NanoScan software but the profile diminishes in the NanoModeScan software?

The NanoScan software starts at a rotation frequency of 10 Hz while the NanoModeScan starts at a rotation frequency of 20 Hz. At the frequency of 20 Hz, less signal is getting to the detector because of the speed of the slit passing over the detector. This makes it look like you are not getting as strong of signal. The NanoModeScan starts at this higher rotation frequency because the NanoScan is meant to pass through the focus of the beam, making the power or energy density higher. This higher power or energy density can over-saturate the NanoScan at 10 Hz.

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Can the NanoModeScan software export 2D/3D images?

The 2D and 3D profiles are NOT exportable.The NanoScan and NanoModeScan's 2D and 3D images are not actual 2D and 3D profiles of the beam. They are mathematically generated profiles calculated from the 1D profile information. Thus they are not completely accurate profiles.

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Can a NanoModeScan unit be triggered to capture a pulsed source?

The NanoScan can capture a high repitition rate pulsed laser source but it can not be triggered from the laser itself. To capture a pulsed source on the NanoScan you must choose one of the pulsed settings under the Capture tab. The laser pulse rate must also be greater than 100 kHz.

 

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Why can my M2 unit have an M2 measurement less than 1?

There are two common occurrences when M² results are less than 1. The first and most common of these have to do with the operator entering the wrong wavelength value. In this case the results are often well below 1, in the .8-.9 range. The second most common cause for results <1 is due to nominal accuracy tolerances. These are normal and expected. With a 5% M² tolerance results from ~.95 to ~1.05 are very possible. Averaging runs will normally return a mean value to something > than 1, but not always.

 

It has been suggested that if the M² results are computed to be < 1 we should display a 1 as the answer. However the algorithms in the NanoModeScan software make computations and report results as the input settings and the beam samples dictate. This is done so as to provide useful information to the operator rather than to try and conceal something.

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Videos

Using the NanoScan Slit Profiler Using the NanoScan Slit Profiler
Why Measure Your Laser Beam? Why Measure Your Laser Beam? Why Measure Your Laser Beam?

This tutorial is presented by Ophir-Spiricon sales engineers - the experts in the field of measuring lasers and in helping you get the most out of your laser beam.

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Fundamentals of Laser Measurement & Beam Profiling Fundamentals of Laser Measurement & Beam Profiling Fundamentals of Laser Measurement & Beam Profiling

Is your laser's beam profile shaped correctly for your application?
This video teaches the fundamentals of laser beam profiles and discusses the benefits of profiling your laser beam.
Several case studies are presented showing before and after laser beam profiles.

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Application:  Laser Measurement Solutions for High Power Industrial Laser Applications Application: Laser Measurement Solutions for High Power Industrial Laser Applications Application: Laser Measurement Solutions for High Power Industrial Laser Applications

Modern production facilities must constantly increase throughput, at less cost, with less scrap, and with minimum downtime. In this video overview, you will learn how application of new, advanced technology in measurement devices, can help both designers and users of industrial laser systems to optimize and control their processes, so they can accomplish these goals and achieve consistently good results – both in quality and quantity. Read the full article

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See for yourself how easy it is to use a NanoScan to measure your laser beam. This 3-minute video shows the NanoScan profiling both a HeNe and a high power laser.

Tutorials and Articles

Measuring Astigmatism the Easy Way

Simple NanoScan/BeamScan Measurements ofLaser Diode Beams Produces Astigmatism DataAstigmatism measurements of laser diodes, optical elements, and/or other sources can be made quickly and easily using a NanoScan/BeamScan. For example, by simply focusing the beam from a laser diode onto the profiler and measuring the distance between primary and secondary foci, an indication of source astigmatism is readily obtained. However, since this distance is on the order of 10 microns (μm), longitudinal magnification can be used to accommodate this measurement and reduce potential errors. This method Read more...

Reducing Production Bottlenecks Using Real Time Laser Beam Measurements

By Allen Cary, Director of Marketing, Ophir-Spiricon Read more...

Upgrading NS v2 software from Standard to Professional

The NS v2 software is the same for both Standard and Professional, no need to download/install a different version. To perform the upgrade you must purchase the license for the NS v2 Professional. With the included license key you can click on the blue scanhead image in the left corner and select About from the dropdown, where you can then upgrade the scanhead from the Upgrade License box (see below).      Read more...

Accessories

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  • Lens 200mm VIS

    PH00237

    Standard 200mm focal length lens for use 400-700nm wavelength

  • Lens 400mm VIS

    PH00238

    Standard 400mm focal length lens for use 400-700nm wavelength

  • LENS 100 VIS

    PH00093

    Optional 100 mm focal length lens for use 400–700nm wavelength.

  • LENS 100 NIR

    PH00094

    Optional 100 mm focal length lens for use 650–1000 nm wavelength.

  • Lens 200mm NIR

    PH00239

    Optional 200mm focal length lens for use 650-1000nm wavelength

  • Lens 400mm NIR

    PH00240

    Optional 400mm focal length lens for use at 650-1000nm wavelength

  • LENS 100 LIR

    PH00095

    Optional 100 mm focal length lens for use 1000–1550nm wavelength.

  • Lens 200mm LIR

    PH00241

    Optional 200mm focal length lens for use at 1000-1550nm wavelength

  • Lens 400mm LIR

    PH00242

    Optional 400mm focal length lens for use at 1000-1550nm wavelength

  • Lens 400 2um

    PH00224

    Optional 400mm focal length lens for use at @2μm wavelength

  • LENS 190 10.6

    PH00092

    Optional 7.5-inch focal length lens for use at 10.6μm wavelength.

  • LENS 200 UV-XXX

    PH00090

    Optional 200mm quartz lens for use between 190–400nm wavelengths. Specify use wavelenght in
    the XXX item description.

  • LENS 400 UV-XXX

    PH00091

    Optional 400mm quartz lens for use between 190–400nm wavelengths. Specify use wavelenght in the
    XXX item description.

  • 1740 LENS MNT

    PH00075

    Lens mount for users wanting to use their own 25mm diameter lens.

  • Model 1740 ModeScan

    PH00447

    Rail w/o scan head, small scan head

  • 1740 LENS PREP

    PH00076

    ModeScan custom lens