Pyrocam IV Beam Profiling Camera

Pyrocam IV Beam Profiling Camera

Gen 4 High-Resolution Broadband Pyroelectric Array Camera with BeamGage

The Pyrocam camera accurately captures and analyzes wavelengths from 13nm - 355nm and 1.06-3000µm with its broadband array. It features a solid state high-resolution array with a wide dynamic range, fast data capture rates, and operates in CW or Pulsed modes which makes it ideal for analysis of NIR, CO2, and THz sources.

  • High-Resolution 80µm pixel pitch
  • Integrated Chopper for CW Beams
  • Interchangeable Windows for a Wide Variety of Applications
  • BeamGage professional software included


  • 13-355nm, 1.06-3000μm
  • 1600μm - 25.4mm
  • GigE
  • Pyroelectric Array
  • CW, Pulsed
  • 25.6mm x 25.6mm
  • 320 x 320
  • 80µm
  • 60 dB
  • 100 fps
  • CE, UKCA, China RoHS
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The Pyrocam broadband pyroelectric cameras are available with the following versions of software.

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    Pyroelectric array detector, chopped, Grade A, one Gigabit Ethernet port, BeamGage
    Professional, GigE to USB3 adaptor, hard shipping case, 3 meter GigE cable, and power supply
    w/locking connector included.

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    Pyroelectric array detector optimized for mid-IR spectrum 3 to 5um, chopped, Grade A, one Gigabit Ethernet port, BeamGage
    Professional, GigE to USB3 adaptor, hard shipping case, 3 meter GigE cable, and power supply
    w/locking connector included.

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  • BeamGage ProfessionalBeamGage Professional
    BeamGage Professional has all of the functionality that BeamGage Standard includes. BeamGage Professional supports all of our beam profiling cameras, includes window partitioning to allow analysis of multiple beams on a single camera, and includes an automation interface written in .NET to push data to your custom applications.



What is the distance from the front of the camera to the sensor?

The sensor is centered around 19.7mm, however, if the accuracy of its placement is critical, measurements are available upon request.

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What is the saturation level of the PY IV camera?

The saturation power for the Pyrocam IV in chopped mode is 3.0W/cm2 (25Hz) and 4.5W/cm2 (50Hz) and the Saturation energy in pulsed mode is 15mJ/cm2.
Follow this link and input your laser parameters and you can calculate the your power density.

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At what wavelengths is the Pyrocam IV most responsive?

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What is the framerate of the Pyrocam IV?

25/50Hz chopped mode, SS-100Hz pulsed mode consecutive, up to 1kHz pulse mode non-consecutive
The effective frame rates listed in BeamGage specification sheets are the maximum rates typically achievable in actual use.  Frame buffering, image processing techniques, graphical displays, and mathematical computation all add degrees of overhead to achieving higher frame rates.  This can be further limited by the available PC hardware.  BeamGage features two modes, Frame Priority and Results Priority, which change how the system balances the work.  Results Priority acquires a frame, performs any enabled image processing, performs all calculations and updates the graphical displays before accepting another frame from the camera.  This mode is most useful when a temporal sequence of frames is not necessary and should always be enabled when logging.  Frame Priority mode will allow the calculations and graphical display updates to be interrupted if another frame is ready from the camera before those operations are complete.  This can be useful when collecting all frames at the maximum camera frame rate is necessary.

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What beam sizes can I measure with the Pyrocam IV?

1.6mm - 25.1mm
The accurate beam size minimum is derived by the pixel size of the camera. In order to get an accurate measurement, there must be enough coverage of pixels to ensure that illuminating another pixel will not over exaggerate the beam size.
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Video Series: BeamGage Tutorials Video Series: BeamGage Tutorials
Fundamentals of Laser Measurement & Beam Profiling Fundamentals of Laser Measurement & Beam Profiling Fundamentals of Laser Measurement & Beam Profiling

Is your laser's beam profile shaped correctly for your application?
This video teaches the fundamentals of laser beam profiles and discusses the benefits of profiling your laser beam.
Several case studies are presented showing before and after laser beam profiles.

Measuring Laser Focus Spot Size in an industrial Medical Device Application Measuring Laser Focus Spot Size in an industrial Medical Device Application Measuring Laser Focus Spot Size in an industrial Medical Device Application

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to set up a camera-based beam profiling system on an industrial single-pulse laser welding system.
It will also demonstrate for you how to simultaneously analyze the laser's focused spot, measure the laser's energy per pulse, and measure its temporal pulse shape.

How to Design Your Perfect Laser Beam with BeamMaker How to Design Your Perfect Laser Beam with BeamMaker How to Design Your Perfect Laser Beam with BeamMaker

BeamMaker helps engineers, technicians, and researchers understand a beam's modal content by subtracting theoretically generated modes from real beam measurement data. Derive a perfect beam profile by specifying the mode, size, width, height, intensity, angle, and noise content - then comparing it to theoretically derived measurements. The end result is knowledge about how much the real beam varies from the desired beam.

Watch the BeamGage Tutuorials, including tips on handling your CCD camera, software install, introduction to the BeamGage user interface, the context-sensitive help system and user manual, customizing your reporting environment, and configuring BeamGage to display specific laser measurements.


Tutorials and Articles

White Paper – Apples to Apples: Which Camera Technologies Work Best for Beam Profiling Applications, Part 1

In 1997, Dr. Carlos Roundy, founder and president of Spiricon Inc., presented a paper at the 4th International Workshop on Lasers and Optics Characterization in Munich Germany. This paper was based on work that was carried out at Spiricon in the mid 90’s. At the time new insights were being presented on how to characterize a laser beam. Previous definitions were somewhat simplistic and most often were driven by customers telling us how they wanted the beam measured. Read more...

Laser Beam Diagnostics in GHz Applications

When working with exotic optical wavelengths and unusually low average powers, relying on one standard measurement technology is typically not sufficient. Each technology can offer advantages, but also has limitations. Using multiple measurement technologies is often the best approach to validate results with a level of high confidence. Read more...

LIDAR Guns, Accuracy, and Speeding Tickets

Anyone who has driven a vehicle has encountered a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system in action. Some of you have even found out how much it can cost in terms of speeding fines! Let’s take a closer look behind the scenes. How do we know the detector is working? Read more...

BeamGage Professional partitions with multiple beams on one display with individual results.

The Partition feature, available in BeamGage Professional, allows subdividing the camera imager into separate regions, called partitions, and which can then compute separate beam results within each partition. Read more...

Laser forensics: The invisible, revealed and measured

IR laser technology from Scanovis revolutionizes forensics; Ophir measurement technology simplifies adjustment of the optics. Read more...

Imaging UV light with CCD Cameras

Is it possible to image a UV laser with a Silicon Sensor CCD camera offered by Ophir-Spiricon? The answer is yes, but the direct UV light ablates Silicon CCD chips over time. The ablation is cumulative and depends on the intensity, the wavelength, and the duration of the light on the sensor. The best choice for imaging UV light without damage is to avoid directly imaging the beam on the CCD sensor by using an UV image converter... Read more...

Understanding Dynamic Range…The Numbers Game

There is a fair amount of confusion caused by the reporting of dynamic range of beam profilers. The purpose of this applications note is to explain some of the terminology used in the discussion of this parameter by both Ophir- Spiricon and other suppliers of beam profilers. DefinitionDynamic Range is the ratio of the largest measurable signal to the smallest measurable signal. The smallest measurable signal is typically defined as that equal to the noise level, or alternatively the “Noise Equivalent Exposure” or that point where the Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is 1. To Read more...

The Focal Length Divergence Measurement Method

The Focal Length Divergence measurement method is based upon the beam width of a focused beam’s spot size and the focal length of the focusing optic. The Focal Length Divergence method provides a means for finding the far-field beam divergence at any point in the beam propagation path. As shown below, the calculation performed by the BeamGage® software is quite simple; however the optical setup must be done with great care. Read more...

Laser Beam Measurement Vocabulary

Wavelength: In physics, the wavelength of a sinusoidal wave is the spatial period of the wave— the distance over which the wave's shape repeats,[1] and the inverse of the spatial frequency. It is usually determined by considering the distance between consecutive corresponding points of the same phase, such as crests, troughs, or zero crossings and is a characteristic of both traveling waves and standing waves, as well as other spatial wave patterns.[2][3] Wavelength is commonly designated by the Greek letter lambda (λ)... Read more...

Installing the Pyrocam III

Included below are helpful hints for installing the Pyrocam III, particularly in Windows 7.  Note; in general we recommend to not use 4-pin on-board 1394 FireWire ports (that can be found on some laptop computers) since they tend to be less reliable and/or cause the Pyrocam III to freeze when running. Instead we recommend using 6-pin plug-in adapter FireWire cards that support the 1394a 400MBS protocol used with the Pyrocam III. In newer Laptops with only ExpressCard slots, a 1394b 800MBS ExpressCard Adapter with a 9-pin FireWire connector can be used as long as you use a 9-pin to 6-pin Read more...


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  • Optical Camera Trigger
    The Optical Camera Trigger is an optical sensor that detects pulsed light sources and generates outputs to trigger a camera. The front aperture of the Optical Trigger must be directed at a light source that provides the necessary properties for trigger activation. (e.g. a laser flash lamp, a pick-off source from the main laser beam, or similar).
  • LBS-100 Attenuator
    The LBS-100 system that is not as compact as the LBS-300s above but has
  • LBS-400 Attenuator
    The LBS-400 beam sampler attachment for Pyrocams and large format Beam Profilers allows measuring UV, NIR or IR wavelength laser beams with diameters up to 1 inch (25.4mm) and powers ranging from 10mW to ~500W(1). The output beam preserves the polarization of the original beam.
  • PY-IV-W-BK7-1.064


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, BK7, A/R coated for 1.064μm

  • PY-IV-W-SI-1.05-2.5


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, Si, A/R coated for 1.05 to 2.5μm

  • PY-IV-W-SI-2.5-4


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, Si, A/R coated for 2.5 to 4μm

  • PY-IV-W-GE-3-5.5


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, Ge, A/R coated for 3 to 5.5μm

  • PY-IV-W-GE-10.6


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, Ge, A/R coated for 10.6μm

  • PY-IV-W-GE-8-12


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, Ge, A/R coated for 8 to 12μm

  • PY-IV-W-ZNSE-10.6


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, ZnSe, A/R coated for 10.6μm

  • PY-IV-W -ZNSE-2-5


    Pyrocam IV window assembly, ZnSe, A/R coated for 2 to 5μm



    Pyrocam IV window assembly, ZnSe, uncoated



    Pyrocam IV window assembly, LDPE, uncoated for Terahertz wavelengths

  • LBS-300 Attenuator
    The LBS-300s beam splitter attachment for C-mount, CS-mount, or Ophir mount cameras allow you to measure laser beams with diameters up to 15mm and powers ranging from 10mW to ~400W(1). The beam sampler is designed so that the preferential polarization selection effect of a single wedge is cancelled out and the resulting beam image is polarization