The oscillator can be a bit finicky at times. When I turn on the amplifier of my laser, I have to wait for the system to thermally equilibrate in order for the oscillator to stabilize. In the past, I would continually check the laser diodes, waiting for them to maintain a steady value. However, I noticed that the power of the oscillator would change once the amplifier was turned on, and when the power stabilized, the oscillator was also stabilized. I was able to use the Ophir- Spiricon Quasar to connect with my laptop via Bluetooth. This allowed me to monitor the oscillator power in the lab while in my office in the adjacent room. Since the power was logged using the StarLab software, I could easily check to see exactly when the oscillator power had stabilized, and the system was warmed up and ready to use. This was much more convenient than constantly going into lab to check on the laser diodes. It allows me to know exactly when the oscillator is ready, no more wasting time.
The Quasar also makes it easier to measure power in my system. I check the power of different pulses and wavelengths in four to five spots on my system. The Quasar is very compact, and easy to move, and it is much easier to read the power off a computer screen than the previous power meter that I used. I also enjoyed how easy it was to implement; I hooked up my old detector head from Ophir and it was instantly recognized. I had the entire system up and working in about a minute. When connected via Bluetooth, the StarLab software also automatically detected the head and set it in the correct power range.