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|NanoScan 1 is a PC-based instrument for the measurement and analysis of optical beam spatial profiles in accordance with ISO standards. Beam profiles are measured using the International Standard ISO 11146. Scanheads that are fitted with an optional power feature can measure power in accordance with ISO 13694.
The system comprises a scanhead for sensing the laser beam, a USB 2.0 controller, and NanoScan software. An optional automation feature includes an ActiveX automation server.
NanoScan uses moving slits, one of the ISO Standard scanning aperture techniques. Measurement is possible for beam sizes from microns to centimeters at beam powers from microwatts to over kilowatts, often without attenuation. Detector options (silicon, germanium, and pyroelectric technologies) allow measurement at wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the far infrared. It can simultaneously measure multiple beams and offers an optional power meter for scanheads with silicon and germanium detectors.
Profiles are acquired with 12-bit digitization, and analyzed for real-time updates up to the maximum scanhead scan rate of 20Hz. With NanoScan, beam profile measurement is extremely easy: simply position the scanhead in the beam path and within seconds the system does the rest.
|Measure Your Beam As Never Before|
|The system has a USB 2.0 interface and operates with the latest Microsoft operating systems 64/32- bit Windows 7, and provides deep, 12-bit digitization of the signal for enhanced dynamic range up to 35dB optical power. The digital controller improves the accuracy and stability of the beam profile measurement by orders of magnitude. It is now possible to measure beam size and beam pointing with a 3-sigma precision of 1μm or better. The software controllable scan speed and a “peak-connect” algorithm allow the measurement of pulsed and pulse width modulated lasers with frequencies of a few kHz and higher with any detector.*|
|NanoScan Option NSEC: Side exit cable|
|* The minimum frequency is a function of the beam size and the scan speed. This is a simple arithmetic relationship; there must be a sufficient number of pulses during the time that the slits sweep through the beam to generate a meaningful profile. Please refer to Photon's Application Note, Measuring Pulsed Beams with a Slit-Based Profiler.|
|NanoScan Main Display Screen|
|The Most Versatile and Flexible Beam Profiling System Available|
|Photon's NanoScan scanning slit profilers provide major performance enhancements while maintaining the ease-of-use and flexibility that customers have come to expect with its predecessor, the world-renowned BeamScan. NanoScan scanheads are available to measure CW and pulsed beams across the entire spectral range from UV to far infrared.|
|See Your Beam As Never Before|
|The Graphical User Interface (GUI) of NanoScan is new. Dockable and floatable windows plus concealable ribbon tool bars empower the NanoScan user to make the most of a small laptop display or a large, multi-monitor desktop PC.|
|Simple docked view||Both docked and undocked windows|
|Measured Beam Results|
|From 1989 through 1996, John Fleischer, past President of Photon Inc., chaired the working laser beam width ISO/DIN committee that resulted in the ISO/DIN 11146 standard. The final approved standard, available in 13 languages, is a compromise based on many years of work by the committee. The standard governs profile measurements and analysis using scanning apertures, variable apertures, area sensors and detector arrays. NanoScan measures spatial beam irradiance profiles using scanning slit techniques. The standard NanoScan uses the moving-slit method, approved by International Standard ISO/DIN 11146. Results measured include:|
|Example of the many measurements that can be made and the precision you can expect|
|Knowing pointing stability is a critical factor in laser performance|
|Multiple Beam Analysis Software|
|The NanoScan software is an integrated package for Microsoft Windows operating systems, it can measure from one to 16 beams in the NanoScan aperture, all with sub-micron precision. The optimal-pro software includes ActiveX automation for users who want to integrate the NanoScan into OEM systems or write their own user interface screens.|
|M-squared (M²) software Wizard is an interactive program for determining the “times diffraction limit” factor M² by the Rayleigh Method. The M² Wizard prompts and guides the user through a series of manual measurements and data entries required for calculating M².
For automated and automatic M² measurements the NanoModeScan option is required.
|Pulsed Laser Beam Profiling|
|In addition to profiling CW laser beams, NanoScan can also profile pulsed laser beams with repetition rate in the 1kHz range and above. To enable the measurement of these pulsed lasers, the NanoScan profiler incorporates a “peak connect” algorithm and software-controlled variable scan speed on all scanheads. The accuracy of the measurement generally depends on the laser beam spot size and the pulse-topulse repeatability of the laser. The NanoScan is ideal for measuring Q-switched lasers and lasers operating with pulse width modulation power (PWM) control. In the past few years, lasers with pico- and femtosecond pulse durations have begun to be used in many applications. Although these lasers add some additional complication to the measurement techniques, the NanoScan can also measure this class of laser.|
|Optional Power Meter|
|The silicon and germanium NanoScan systems offer the 200mW power meter as an option. The power meter can be calibrated against the user’s ISO- or NIST- traceable power meter. The 200mW power meter has a quartz attenuator window that provides a uniform response across a broad wavelength range with a 1.5% accuracy when used in the same geometry as calibrated.
The power meter screen in the software shows both the total power and the individual power in each of the beams being measured. The power meter option is not available with pyroelectric detectors.
|Optional Automation Interface|
|The Pro model scanheads implement an Automation Server that can be used by an Automation Client written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), C/C++ or by an application with support for ActiveX Automation, such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word or National Instruments’ LabVIEW.|
|Full featured application examples are included to help your learning curve when embedding NanoScan - PRO into an automation application|
|The power that can be handled by the NanoScan is dependent on the wavelength of the light to be measured. The wavelength of light determines both its reflectivity from the slit surfaces and the energetic nature of the interactions with materials. As a rule of thumb, there are three basic wavelength regimes that govern how much power the scanhead can handle:|
|Power levels above these for any of these wavelengths can be considered "High Power." See the High Power NanoScan section for appropriate products. Consult the damage thresholds charts found in the manual before placing an order or exposing any NanoScan slit profiler to a laser beam|
Standard Pyroelectric NanoScan Operating Spaces
NanoScan Operating Space Charts for Pyroelectric Detectors
Pyroelectric Detector: Uniform in response between 0.2 and 20 microns wavelength.
|NanoScan Acquisition and Analysis Software|
|*Download the NanoScan Acquisition and Analysis Software Manual for a complete description of all Software Features|
Operating Space Charts
Operating Range is at Peak Sensitivity of Detector.
Operating Space is NOT absolute.
THESE CHARTS TO BE USED AS A GUIDE ONLY.
Power: Power in the measured laser beam. Assumes a round beam diameter. An elliptic beam can be approximated by using the maximum width dimension and assuming all the energy is in a beam of this diameter. For extremely elliptic beams (ratio >4:1)/ contact the factory. Applies to Si & GE detectors only.
Pulsed Operation:( ): Upper limit of the operating space for pulsed laser measurements.
Black Coating Removed:( ): Slits are blackened to reduce back reflections; blackening begins to vaporize near this line. Slits in pyrodetectors are not blackened.
Slit Damage: ( ) Power density (watts/cm2) where one can begin to cut the slits. Refer to Photon's Damage Threshold with High Power Laser Measurements document.
Left Boundary: Smallest beam size limited to 4-5 times the slit width. Some models have another limit due to electrical bandwidth.
Right Boundary: Instrument entrance aperture. The largest beam width (1/e2) will be the aperture divided by 1.2-1.4.
Silicon Detector: Responsivity varies with wavelength. Detects between 190-950nm. Peak responsivity is 0.4 amps/watt at 850nm. Detector to detector responsivity variation can be as great as ±20%.
Responsivity: Detector conversion constant, incident photons to a current.
Detector: Responsivity varies with wavelength. Detects between 700-1800nm. Peak responsivity is 0.7 amps/watt at 1550nm. Detector to detector responsivity variation can be as great as ±20%.
Pyroelectric detector: Uniform in response between 0.2 and 20 microns wavelength.
Ordering Information - NanoScan Systems
Both -STD & -PRO NanoScan Systems Include: NanoScan v2 Integrated Software package for use with NanoScan scanheads under Microsoft Windows operating systems.
ActiveX automation is provided in -PRO models.
Certificate of Calibration. Beam width is traceable to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to better than ±2% (NanoScan Pyroelectric detectors calibration to better than ±3%).
For Pyroelectric detector NanoScans please go to the High power NanoScan page
|USB NS-Si/25/25-STD||NanoScan Si Detector 25mm aperture 25micron slits. High-resolution head featuring Si detector, 100mm diameter head with rotation mount, 25mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 25.0micron wide slits. Use from 190nm to wavelengths <1micron. Not for 1.06micron wavelength. USB||PH00390|
|USB NS-Si/25/25-PRO||Software includes automation feature. NanoScan Si Detector 25mm aperture 25micron slits. High-resolution head featuring Si detector, 100mm diameter head with rotation mount, 25mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 25.0micron wide slits. Use from 190nm to wavelengths <1micron. Not for 1.06micron wavelength. USB||PH00019|
|USB NS-Ge/12/25-STD||NanoScan Ge Detector 12.5mm Aperture 25micron slits. High-resolution head featuring Germanium detector, 100mm diameter head with rotation mount, 12.5mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 25micron wide slits. USB||PH00395|
|USB NS-Ge/12/25-PRO||Software includes automation feature. NanoScan Ge Detector 12.5mm Aperture 25micron slits. High-resolution head featuring Germanium detector, 100mm diameter head with rotation mount, 12.5mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 25micron wide slits. USB||PH00024|
|USB NS-PYRO/20/25-STD||NanoScan Large Area Pyroelectric Detector 20mm aperture 25micron slits. High-resolution head featuring pyroelectric detector, 100mm diameter head with rotation mount, 20mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 25micron wide slits. Use for wavelengths from 190nm to >20micron. This model does not include a cooling fan. USB||PH00397|
|USB NS-PYRO/20/25-PRO||Software includes automation feature. NanoScan Large Area Pyroelectric Detector 20mm aperture 25micron slits. High-resolution head featuring pyroelectric detector, 100mm diameter head with rotation mount, 20mm entrance aperture, and matched pair of 25micron wide slits. Use for wavelengths from 190nm to >20micron. This model does not include a cooling fan. USB||PH00026|
|NSv2 STD to NSv2 PRO Upgrade||Upgrade NanoScan v2 Standard version software to the PRO version. This upgrade opens the NanoScan automation feature for those users wanting to integrate or develop their own interface using Visual Basic for Applications to embed into such applications as LabView. Return scanhead to factory.||PH00417|
|NSv1 to NSv2 STD Upgrade||For those NanoScan users with pre v2 software (approx. before July 2012) they can upgrade their hardware to v2 STD capability and can run the new software. Automation capability is not available in v2 STD. Once upgraded the legacy software will run but the automation feature will be disabled in v2||PH00418|
|NSv1 to NSv2 PRO Upgrade||For those NanoScan users with pre v2 software (approx. before July 2012) they can upgrade their hardware to v2 PRO capability and can run the new software. Automation capability is included in v2 PRO. Once upgraded the legacy software will run including the automation capability in v2||PH00419|
|Legacy Software||Purchase the legacy V1.47 NanoScan software with licence and operations manual to –PRO scanheads to use the older software. (return scanhead to factory)||PH00420|
|NanoScan Options and Accessories|
|P200 Power Option||200mW (maximum power level) relative power meter option for Silicon or Germanium detector NanoScans. The /P200 provides better than 1.5% accuracy when calibrated against user's NIST traceable power meter and used in similar input geometry as calibrated.
Not applicable to Pyro-electric detector scan heads
NOTE: P200 must be specified at time of purchase (Can be returned for upgrading)