How can I communicate with an Ophir laser Power Meter using a Linux machine?

Let’s say the computers used in your laser environment happen to use Linux as an operating system, and you want to integrate the laser measurements from an Ophir laser power meter into your Linux computer system, preferably via USB communication. Here’s how you can make it happen quickly and easily:

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PEAK POWER VS. AVERAGE POWER- MASTER IT & CALCULATE IT

If you always wanted to learn how to measure the real pulse temporal shape of your laser – and use it to calculate the peak power – this is the perfect blog post for you.

Since power is a measure of how much energy is transferred in a unit of time, this is the prevalent parameter when it comes to lasers.  However, if the laser is pulsed, things start getting complicated.

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What’s M-Squared, again?

Here’s a surprising statistic: Nine out of ten laser technicians have no idea what M² is.

Most laser beam characteristics are easy to put your finger on:  laser beam width, position and divergence angle are generally known to those that work with lasers – and if not, can be learned quickly.

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Terahertz Measurement

THz radiation is being talked about more and more lately, because of its unique usefulness in a wide range of applications.
In this video you will learn about some of these applications, and about a range of solutions Ophir offers for measuring THz beams:

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How to calculate power density easily – Even in your head!

If you always wanted to learn an easy way to calculate power density –without even using our calculator, even in your head, this is the perfect blog post for you.

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Changes in your sphere? Have No Fear!

Integrating spheres are very useful for collecting light to be measured. However it is very important to understand how integrating spheres work in order to be assured that measurements made are meaningful.

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Why does measuring your laser beam help you maintain quality processes?

Much like a light ball that degrades over time, a laser beam at the work surface has to be maintained and preserved in order to keep it’s high & precise performance.

Why does measuring your laser beam help you maintain quality processes?

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The only hand-held Ophir meter that measures laser exposure/dosage

Usually, when discussing laser measurements, we often refer to the power or energy of the laser.

Sometimes though, we need to measure the total energy Exposure the total sum of the laser energy deposited over a set amount of time.

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Laser Power / Energy Measurement – Know your basics

New wavelengths, higher powers/energies and new applications all the time – No doubt that the laser industry is advancing steadily. That being said, Dr. Ephraim Greenfield, Ophir co-founder, points out that there are still three basic ways to measure laser power and energy:

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New laser fails to perform according to specifications – What can you do about it?

Just imagine the following situation: you’re a well trained and experienced manufacturer engineer.
Your company had just purchased a laser to heat-treat metal parts but something was happening during the use of the laser that was causing the treated parts to fail the quality control checks afterwards.

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