Beam measurement - New Products
May 14, 2013 — Munich, Germany — Ophir Photonics, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced the newest version of BeamGage® at LASER World of Photonics. BeamGage is a state-of-the-art beam profiling system that performs rigorous data acquisition and analysis of laser beam parameters, such as beam size, shape, uniformity, divergence, mode content, and expected power distribution. The new version adds Custom Computations to expand the software’s image processing capabilities, allowing laser manufacturers and researchers to easily import their own custom algorithms created in C#/.NET. Once imported, users can apply BeamGage’s more than 55 advanced measurement and statistical analysis functions including fast, off-axis correction of distorted beam images; trend charting, data logging, power/energy calibration, and pass/fail production testing.
January 28, 2013 — North Logan, UT – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced StarLite, a new low cost laser power / energy meter that provides both digital and analog screen displays. A compact, handheld unit, StarLite displays a variety of beam measurements, including power, single shot energy, energy and frequency of high repetition rate lasers, and beam size. The meter provides a large 320x240 pixel display with 16mm digits for increased legibility, and monitors power from pWto many kWor energy from pJ to hundreds of Joules.
May 6, 2013 — North Logan, Utah— Ophir Photonics, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, has announced the newest member of the BeamTrack family, the FL250A-BB- 50-PPS. BeamTrack is a unique series of thermal detectors that combine multiple functions in one device: laser power, energy, beam position, and beam size. The sensors also provide information on beam centering and wander, all in a compact unit the size of a single function sensor of the same power level. The first BeamTrack detectors – measuring 3W, 10W, 50W, and 150W– were introduced at LASER World of Photonics 2012. The new FL250A-BB-50-PPS model measures power, position, and size up to 250W.
Ophir Photonics added recently the following new Pyroelectric energy sensor:
PE9-C - Pyroelectric for very low energies
Ophir Photonics introduces BD10K-W, a new Laser Beam Dump.
Ophir Laser Beam Dumps are designed to safely absorb the “unused” part of a high power laser beam and dissipate the resulting heat, protecting nearby personnel and equipment.
BD10K-W - Water cooled to 10,000W, general purpose high power beam dump
Ophir Photonics group introduces PD300-BB-50mW, a new photodiode sensor.
PD300-BB-50mW - Flat spectral response from 430 to 1000nm with removable attenuator for use up to 50mW
February 6, 2013 — San Francisco, CA – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced the Pyrocam IV at Photonics West. The Pyrocam IV is the company’s latest beam profiling camera. It features a larger, 320 x 320 pixel pyroelectric array that can profile beams up to 25 mm without the need for reduction optics. The new electronics control design includes an interface to GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) cameras for high-speed applications. The Pyrocam IV measures both pulsed and CW(continuous wave) lasers, from 13 to 355 nm and 1.06 to >3000 μm; an integral focal plane chopper is included for CWbeams and thermal imaging. The camera is housed in a new, compact case that provides easy access to the array and chopper.
February 5, 2013 — San Francisco, CA – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced NanoScan 2 at Photonics West, the new version of their scanning slit beam profiler. A NIST-calibrated laser beam profiler, NanoScan 2 measures continuous wave (CW) and pulsed beams across the entire spectral range, from UV to far infrared. The system features a new USB2 interface that provides deep, 12- bit digitization of the signal for enhanced dynamic range up to 35 dB power. An enhanced digital controller improves the accuracy and stability of measurements; beam size and beam pointing can now be measured with a 3-sigma precision of several hundred nanometers. NanoScan 2 also features software controllable scan speed and a “peak-connect” algorithm that allow measurement of pulsed and pulse width modulated lasers with frequencies of a few kHz and higher with any detector. The ability to alter the drum speed helps increase the dynamic range, allowing a larger operating space for any given scanhead.
January 31, 2013 — North Logan, UT – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced the L11059 USB Large Format Beam Profiling Camera. The L11059 camera is designed for measuring large laser beams that require fast frame rates, low noise, and high responsivity. The camera’s high resolution, 4008 x 2672 pixel format allows profiling of beams up to 24 x 36 mm without the need for reduction optics. The camera also includes 50 mm ND filters, providing maximum power density measurements to 15 mW/cm2 without additional attenuation. Frame rates of up to 3.1 frames per second (fps) are supported at full resolution, and up to 17 Hz in 4x4 binning mode.
January 22, 2013 — North Logan, UT – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced the newest version of the Photon M²-1780, the industry’s only laser beam profiling system that measures beam quality in real-time. The M²-1780 automatically measures the M² beam propagation ratio and all associated ISO 11146 parameters instantaneously, at video rates over 20Hz. The M²-1780 is a CCD camerabased system that works with CWand pulsed lasers down to single shot rates. The CCD is sensitive to wavelengths from approximately 250nm to 1100nm. This compact systems automatically measures with NIST-traceable accuracy to better than 2%; this translates to M² measurements with accuracy to -5%.
November 26, 2012 — North Logan, UT – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced two new Pyroelectric Laser Energy Sensors, the PE50BF-DIFH-C and the PE100BF-DIF-C. They are part of Ophir’s PE-C line of pyroelectric pulsed sensors – compact devices that provide the industry’s lowest measurable energy, longest measurable pulse width, and highest accuracy. The new sensors feature an innovative BF coating and diffuser that deliver the highest damage thresholds: up to 6J/cm2 for nanosecond pulses.
October 31, 2012North Logan, UT – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced the Fast Axial OEM Sensor. The sensor is based on a novel thermopile design that provides significantly faster response times and higher power levels. Response times are up to 20 times that of traditional thermopile sensors; power and energy levels are up to 2000J for single pulses and over 20KW average power. The Fast Axial OEM Sensor is designed to handle a wide array of laser beam sizes, from 20mm to 180x180mm.
October 1, 2012 —North Logan, UT – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced the newest version of the M2-200s, the company’s camera-based beam propagation analyzer. The M2-200s is an ISO 11146 compliant system that automatically measures laser beam quality. The latest version adds support for the 64-bit Windows® 7, addressing more physical memory, minimizing the time required to swap processes, and speeding up the measurement cycle to less than two minutes.
August 13, 2012 —North Logan, UT – Photon, global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced NanoScan v2, the newest version of the company’s scanning slit beam profiler. NanoScan is a NIST-calibrated laser beam profiler. The system uses moving slits to measure beam sizes from microns to centimeters at beam powers from microwatts to kilowatts, with little to no attenuation. The new version adds an enhanced graphical user interface (GUI) with support for the Microsoft ®Windows ribbon toolbar. Dockable and floatable windows plus concealable ribbon toolbars allow users to make the most of any size display, from small laptops to large, multi-monitor desktops.
Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment, announced StarLab 2. 40, laser measurement software that converts a PC into a multi-channel laser power/energy station
StarLab 2.40 enhances the support of BeamTrack sensors in the following way
- Stability Graph for BeamTrack sensors.
- Support for Logging position and size data of BeamTrack sensors.
Also, we've added the following features for all types of sensors
- Added Statistics to Log files.
- Added Pulse Chart Graph: a bar is drawn whenever a new measurement arrives without any time-based considerations
April 2, 2012 — North Logan, UT – Spiricon, global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced BeamMic™, a new laser beam analyzer that combines the essentials for beam analysis in a low-cost, entry-level system. BeamMic includes easy-to-use software that measures a beam’s size, shape, uniformity, and mode content. Beam intensity profiles are displayed simultaneously in 2D and 3D. Statistical analyses can be performed on measurement functions and min/max limits can be set for pass/fail testing. Results are logged and can be exported to industry standard formats. A configurable report generator allows cutting and pasting of results, images, and settings. BeamMic software is integrated with one of four Spiricon USB CCD cameras designed specifically for beam measurements.
January 25, 2012 — Ophir Photonics, global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, announced a StarLink Series, of laser measurement sensors. StarLink is a collection of Ophir’s most popular power / energy sensors bundled with Juno, a USB-based PC interface, and StarLab laser measurement software. Together, the Ophir sensor, Juno USB interface, and StarLab software form a meterless laser measurement system that is flexible, portable, and affordable. “Competitors’ laser measurement devices have an embedded USB interface, driving up equipment costs,” stated Ephraim Greenfield, CTO, Ophir Photoncis. “Juno uses a standard USB cable and can be unplugged from one Ophir sensor and used on another, throughout the facility. No power source is required. Instead, Juno can be attached to any laser sensor’s smart plug, such as Ophir’s new BeamTrack power / position / size thermal sensors.”
January 24, 2012 - Spiricon, leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, announced a BeamGage® version 5.7, the company’s next generation laser beam analysis software, at PhotonicsWest. The system adds new advanced image processing features, including fast, off-axis correction of distorted beam images. It supports Ophir’s popular laser power meters — Pulsar, Nova II, Vega, and Juno, as well as 64- bit versions ofWindows® Vista andWindows 7. In addition, BeamGage is now a multilingual platform, adding native language support for English,Japanese, and Chinese, plus compatibility with the German MicrosoftWindows environments.
December 5, 2011 – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment, announced a BeamTrack 3A-QUAD, the first high sensitivity thermal detector to combine multiple functions – power, energy, position – in a single, compact laser sensor. The 3A-QUAD accurately measures power from 100μWto 3Wand energy from 20μJ to 2J. In addition, the sensor accurately tracks beam position down to 0.1mm. This provides increased measurement accuracy for high sensitivity applications where it can be difficult to center laser beams on sensors with small apertures and recessed surfaces. The integrated beam position measurement function also allows tracking of beam wander as the beam drifts from its initial position.
September 26, 2011 – Ophir Photonics Group, the global leader in precision laser measurement equipment, today announced StarLab 2.20, laser measurement software that converts a PC into a multi-channel laser power/energy station. The newest version of the software includes support for the unique BeamTrack sensors; they combine multiple measurement functions in a single device: power, energy, beam position, and beam size. The sensors also provide information on centering and beam wander, all in a single, compact device. StarLab provides an easy-to-use, PC-based application that graphically displays, processes, and logs all these measurements.
September 12, 2011 – the application of the patented LD8900 Goniometric Radiometer to holographic materials measurement.With the LD8900’s unique design, it can make X-Y and 3D measurements without moving either the detector or the source. This allows the far-field profiler to characterize and confirm the divergence of light passing through holographic materials, such as those used for computer display screens, smartphones, and instrument panels. The 3D capability of the LD8900 makes it possible to measure both radially symmetrical divergences or angularly different types, addressing a wide range of finished materials.
Ophir Photonics Group has added several accessories to its new PE-C line of pyroelectric pulsed laser sensors. The new PE-C line of sensors is replacing the previous line of pyroelectric sensors. These new sensors operate with the Vega and Nova II meters, however they need an adapter to operate with the Nova meters. If the user has a Nova meter, he will need this adapter so that it can operate with the PE-C line. This adapter is plugged between the meter and the D15 smart plug from the sensor. For details and ordering see the "Energy Sensors Accessories Data Sheet" PDF below.
Ophir Photonics Group has added several accessories to its new PE-C line of pyroelectric pulsed laser sensors. The new PE-C sensors are more compact than previous pyroelectric sensors having a diameter of 62mm instead of 85mm previously. For customers who have Ophir PE sensors mounted into various installations, we are providing an adapter jig that will have an inner diameter that fits the PE-C sensor and an outer diameter and thickness that matches the previous PE sensors so the new sensors will fit exactly into the same location as the previous sensors. For details and ordering see the "Energy Sensors Accessories Data Sheet" PDF below.
Ophir Photonics Group announces its new IR phosphor glass for visualizing IR laser beams. Unlike most such products, the Ophir product absorbs very little of the radiation and is therefore able to stand up to high powers and energies. The glass glows brightly when irradiated with light of the following wavelengths:
810-860nm, 900-1100nm and 1500-1600nm.
It can stand up to >1KW/cm² and 0.5J/cm² at 1064nm. It is self actuating and does not need charging with visible light. For details and ordering see the "Energy Sensors Accessories Data Sheet" PDF below.
May 24, 2011 – Ophir Photonics Group, announces at LASERWorld of Photonics the Pyro-C line of Pyroelectric Laser Energy Sensors. An upgrade to the company’s PE line of pyroelectric pulsed sensors, the Pyro-C detectors provide the industry’s lowest measurable energy, longest measurable pulse width, and highest accuracy. The sensors are compact devices that provide a user adjustable threshold, preventing false readings in noisy environments. Like the PE Series before it, the Pyro-C sensors are the only laser energy detectors in the industry to combine high damage threshold and high repetition rates with the widest range of wavelengths, from UV to Near IR. They accurately measure high repetition rate lasers over the broadest spectral.
May 23, 2011 – Ophir Photonics Group, announces at LASERWorld of Photonics the BeamTrack Laser Power/Position/Size Sensors. BeamTrack is a unique series of thermal detectors that combine multiple functions in one device: power, energy, beam position, and beam size. The sensors also provide information on centering and beam wander, all in a compact unit that is the same size as single function detectors of the same power level. “BeamTrack sensors are the first in the market to allow users to monitor all of a laser’s main parameters,” stated Ephraim Greenfield, CTO, Ophir Photonics Group. “You can now measure not only power and energy, but also beam position and beam size. The new beam centering feature means the sensors deliver the most accurate power and energy measurements. This is especially important for small aperture devices.”
May 3, 2011 – Ophir Photonics Group, announces the BeamGage® version 5.5, the company’s next generation laser beam analysis software. The new version supports 64-bit versions ofWindows® Vista and Windows 7, as well as the USB L11058 Large Format Beam Profiling Camera. The 11 mega-pixel, 35mm format L11058 is designed for measuring large laser beams. Its high resolution, 4008 x 2672 pixel format allows profiling of beams up to 24 x 36 mm without requiring reduction optics. Frame rates of up to 3.1 frames per second at full resolution increase throughput and productivity. BeamGage version 5.5 also provides more efficient processing by supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit
March 22, 2011 – Ophir Photonics Group, announces the NanoModeScan M2 Laser Beam Propagation Analyzer. NanoModeScan enables the quantitative measurement and viewing of high power CO2 laser beams. The system is easy to setup and align; the straight line of sight design means little or no attenuation is required. NanoModeScan is also fast; an M2 measurement can be made in as little as 20 seconds. In addition, the system reports beam waist diameter and location, divergence, and the beam’s Rayleigh range for each axis. The NanoModeScan’s ease of use and fast update rate (up to 20Hz) make it ideal for CO2 laser-based material processing, machining, and marking applications where laser performance needs to be adjusted in real-time.
January 25, 2011 – Ophir-Spiricon, announced at PhotonicsWest 2011 that BeamGage®, the company’s next generation laser beam analysis software, now supports GigE cameras for high-speed applications. GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) cameras are low cost, high performance devices. They provide high speed, up to 1 Gigabit/s transmission rates, in a robust, miniature package (34 x 34 x 69mm). Based on the widely used Ethernet interface, the cameras are able to leverage the benefits of industry standard technology – ready availability, broad compatibility, and lower cost.
“Ethernet is the most widely used networking technology today,” stated GaryWagner, President, Ophir-Spiricon. “Its prevalence in the industry makes it an affordable, easy to use platform. The high bandwidth supports high-speed, high-resolution cameras like the GigE. Combine these features with the sophisticated beam analysis capabilities of BeamGage and you have an ideal laser measurement system for demanding applications, like machine vision and industrial drilling, engraving, and cutting.”
January 24, 2011 – Ophir-Spiricon, announces the Shock Absorber at PhotonicsWest 2011. The Shock Absorber is the industry’s first mounting post designed to allow the operation of sensitive pyroelectric laser power/energy sensors in an environment with vibration. This special mount smoothes out vibration and eliminates false triggering, reducing the sensor’s susceptibility to vibration from 2 to 10 times.
January 19, 2011 – Ophir-Spiricon, announces the 3A-P-THz THz Power/Energy Sensor. The 3A-P-THz is designed to measure THz light sources from very low power to very high power, up to 3W, 30x the power levels of competing products. In addition, it is the only power/energy sensor on the market that is traceable
to standard laboratory calibration. A standard sensor head, the 3A-P-THz is less expensive than traditional systems and is compatible with all Ophir meters and PC interfaces. The 3A-P-THz is the only power/energy meter to have been calibrated to read THz radiation at the PTB national metrology institute in Germany. It measures short pulse or CWlasers in the 0.1 to 10THz wavelength range. The sensor’s p-type absorber provides a larger aperture and flatter spectral response than most similar devices, maximizing performance across the entire spectral range. Optical power can be measured from 60μWto 3W, and energy from 20μJ to 2J.
January 17, 2011 – Ophir-Spiricon, announces a new line of high damage threshold power volume absorbers for short pulsed lasers (<1us). The PF Sensors absorb a laser’s energy in the volume of the material being used. The sensors make use of a spray deposited on the surface, not the typical glass or ceramic substrate. This means the PF Sensors provide significantly higher power handling capacity and faster response times. They can handle up to 20x the power density, up to 3KW/cm2, and the response rate is as fast as 1s.
Ophir-Spiricon, announces that FPS-1 Fast Photodetector, Designed to measure the temporal
pulse shape of lasers or other light sources, the FPS-1 is a high speed photodiode sensor with
wide spectral response. The sensor provides a fast 1ns response time and handles wavelengths from 190nm to 1100nm.
Ophir-Spiricon, announces that BeamGage®, the company’s next generation laser beam analysis software, now supports the XEVA InGaAs NIR Camera for demanding applications. XEVA delivers high sensitivity in the NIR spectrum (900-1700 nm) at room temperatures, making it useful for both laboratory and industrial applications. A unique, non-uniformity correction algorithm handles two-point correction plus bad pixel correction to improve image accuracy. The camera’s high resolution InGaAs array is formatted for 320x256 with 30 µm square pixels.
Ophir-Spiricon, announces the UV ND Filter system. a family of modular, slide-in neutral density attenuators and a C-mount holder designed to attenuate UV laser beams so they are at the proper intensity for CCD or Pyroelectric cameras. The filters work on lasers in the 190 to 380nm range and cover, for example, Excimer, Helium Cadmium, and Nd:YAG UV harmonic wavelengths.
Ophir-Spiricon announces the BeamGage®, the company’s next generation laser beam analysis software, is the first to support the combination of laser beam profiling with power meter measurements in a single system. BeamGage now interfaces with Ophir power meters, including the company’s new Quasar wireless device. BeamGage matches the time stamps of the laser power meter readings to the beam profile data with a similar time stamp, providing a more complete view of laser performance.
Ophir-Spiricon announces the PD10-IR-pJ Photodiode Energy Sensors that measure very low energy, down to 30pJ. Part of the PD10 family of high sensitivity silicon laser sensors, the new devices extend the low measurement capability to the NIR range, covering from 800 to 1800nm. The PD10-IR-pJ energy sensors are designed for very low energy commercial and military applications, such as telecommunications and remote sensing.
Ophir-Spiricon announces the Juno the smart USB sensor to PC interface that converts a laptop or desktop PC into a laser power/energy meter. A compact USB module, the Juno connects any of Ophir-Spiricon’s 100+ smart laser sensors – thermal, pyroelectic, and photodiode -- to a PC USB port. The Juno operates with Ophir-Spiricon’s StarLab software StarLab logs power and energy; calculates and displays averages, statistics, histograms; and more. The system can record every energy pulse at up to 10 KHz.
Ophir-Spiricon announces the PD300-R line of Circular Photodiode Sensors. Identical in performance to the company’s popular PD300 laser detectors, the PD300-R feature round geometry for easy mounting and centering on collinear optical bench systems. SM-1 mounting threads on all components ensure a fit with most optics. The sensors are designed to detect a wide range of light levels, from 500 picoWatts to 3W. Each device has a built-in filter that reduces the light level on the detector and allows measurements up to 30mWwithout saturation. A second, removable filter allows measurement up to 3W.