We’d all like to imagine that our things will stay in mint condition forever. But we know that’s not the case. Just like laser degrade (and therefore must be measured), the measurement equipment itself will slowly drift away from its precise calibration.
This is why we recommend yearly calibration. If you aren’t sure when your laser power or energy is due for recalibration, you can check by connecting it to a meter. If it needs to be recalibrated, a notification will pop up on the first screen.
Here’s how the recalibration process works.
A few months ago, I mentioned a new method for measuring kilowatt lasers without water (or even fan) cooling.
The idea was like this: Even a small 50 W sensor can handle high powers for a short amount of time, like a few seconds. Several of our sensors’ specifications were adjusted to reflect this.
For example, the L40(150)A is meant to measure 40 W continuously, but it can actually measure 4000 W for a second.
In order to measure your laser, you need two things:
Thing One: A sensor, to convert photonic power into an electrical signal.
Thing Two: A meter, to measure the electrical signal, digitize it, and display the results.
If you are a serious laser user, you know how important it is to measure it.
Power is the simplest way to gain an understanding of your laser, although it certainly doesn’t stop there.
Going to Munich for LASER World of PHOTONICS 2015?
We’ll be showing several new products in Munich, not to mention quite a few of our classics.
You’re going to be busy. You can’t (and shouldn’t) go to every booth. So I’m going to very clear. Our booth is not for everyone. However,
With high power lasers, there’s always a safety concern for equipment and people nearby.
(Of course, I’m not qualified to give a detailed analysis of what needs to be taken into account for laser safety. For that, you should consult a laser safety officer.)
I want to specifically ask whether there’s an issue of laser light reflecting off power measuring equipment.