Beam Profiling of 1 KW Fiber Laser with Camera-Based Profiling System

Fiber Laser Source

  • 1070 nm
  • 600 μm fiber
  • CW
  • 1 kW max average power
  • 5-axis movement
  • Class 1 workstation
  • 125 mm focusing lens

Spiricon Beam Profiler

  • BeamGage Professional
  • SP620U camera
  • LBS-300-NIR with SPZ17015 beam splitter on input
  • ND 1.0 + 0.7 used for 350 to 750 W
  • 13.5% of peak beam diameter measured method applied
Figure 1. Profiling setup


Setup and location of the beam was relatively simple. The X and Y movements were used in conjunction with the 633nm target laser to center the beam on the camera chip. Once the beam was located and an approximate Z position was made using the target laser, the motorized Z stage was used to tweak in the image of the focused spot.

We took profiles at 350 W, 500 W and 750 W. We could have taken a profile at 1000 W, but the tooling plate we were using for the beam dump was taking a beating and they didn’t want to push it higher than that. The images resulted in an elevated background, but it was not due to a lack of UltraCal. We were using a piece of steel tooling for a beam dump and I suspect that the amount of scattered light from the tooling was enough to elevate the background. Manual draw shape was used for beam diameter measurements. Customer will purchase a beam dump.

The SPZ17015 Wedge and the LBS-300 assembly did get fairly warm during the demo, as expected. The damage threshold of this wedge was high enough to withstand the high average powers

Customer was expecting a Gaussian profile, but more of a flat top profile was what resulted.

Between the demonstration and the system sale, the customer added the requirement to be able to check focused spot +/- 12mm. This could only be achieved by adding a -100 mm lens and BeamGage will apply an optical scale to compensate for the resulting larger beam diameter.

Pictures of Beam Profiling Images

Figure 2. Profile at 350W (no Z-scale adjustment)
Figure 3. Profile at 350W (with Z-scale adjustment)
Figure 4. Profile at 500W (no Z-scale adjustment)
Figure 5. Profile at 500W (with Z-scale adjustment)
Figure 6. Profile at 500W (no Z-scale adjustment)
Figure 7. Profile at 500W (with Z-scale adjustment)
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