Over the past 50 years, laser technology has become an integral part of modern medicine. Since a laser beam provides a vehicle for delivering energy in such a precisely controlled way, and without physical contact, it’s not surprising that the laser has found so much use in medical applications. The following video describes recent Ophir laser measurement solutions for medical applications and laser beam analysis:
I’ve mentioned BeamWatch before.
It’s an innovative technique for profiling high power lasers (1 kW and up).
I’ve even touched on the underlying Rayleigh scattering effect that makes this possible.
But how does this really work?
When focusing a laser, or anything for that matter, there’s a handy formula that is used to calculate the focus size and position.
It is generally called the thin lens formula, and it looks like this:
With all the advancements in laser technology, lasers have become higher quality and more consistent.
Laser manufacturers test and measure their lasers during development, to make sure you, the laser end user, get the highest quality laser system.
With all this in mind then, do you really have to measure your laser system?