The BeamSquared® system is a compact and fully automated tool for measuring the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed laser systems from the UV to NIR to Telecom wavelengths. Users can also measure wavelengths above 1.8 microns, including CO2 and terahertz in manual mode (a bench set-up; without the automated optical train) with a Pyrocam IV or IIIHR. Our longer optical train and patented Ultracal™ Calibration makes BeamSquared the most accurate product on the market and is ISO 11146 compliant. Its operational robustness and reliability ensures continuous use applications in industry, science, research and development.
|The BeamSquared® system is a compact and fully automated tool for measuring the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed laser systems from the UV to NIR to Telecom wavelengths. Users can also measure wavelengths above 1.8 microns, including CO2 and terahertz in manual mode (a bench set-up; without the automated optical train) with a Pyrocam IV or IIIHR. Our longer optical train and patented Ultracal™ Calibration makes BeamSquared the most accurate product on the market and is ISO 11146 compliant. Its operational robustness and reliability ensures continuous use applications in industry, science, research and development.|
Automatic M² - at Production Speeds
|The BeamSquared optical train uses a fixed position lens with movable mirrors and camera. The mirrors that direct the focused beam into the camera are moved to precise locations, translating the beam through the near field, the waist, and the far field regions. All these measurements and translations, as well as incremental beam attenuation, are automatically controlled by the BeamSquared software. Design improvements in the BeamSquared system have decreased the measurement reporting time by 2-3 times, making it possible to report M² in under a minute.|
|Manual mode is available for wavelengths greater than NIR, particularly Terahertz and above, and for beams that are too large or too small for the BeamSquared optical system. Users are required to provide a manual translation/attenuation apparatus.|
|Supports both automated and manual runs
|Camera Options include: SP920, Xeva, Pyrocam III HR or IV|
|RF Lens Reader|
|Lֺֺens must be present for operation|
|Lֺֺens configuration data stored with lens (Focal length, calibration wavelength, material, etc.)|
|Shutter only open when in live mode|
|Table and attenuator calibration at startup (homing before each run)|
|Supports hardware Trigger|
|Faster run times than M²-200s|
|Selectable theme colors|
|Splash screen with progress bar|
|Selectable Color Palette|
|Manual Cursor when not running (Cursor at centroid otherwise)|
|Selecting individual frames|
|Exclude points from run|
|Run Info Display|
|Displays Caution Notice when beams are non-conforming: (too dark, too bright, misaligned, too large or too small)|
|Option to ignore misaligned beams|
|Editable Settings (Wavelength, Laser to box distance, Laser to lens and focal length in manual mode)
|Frame Results (Total, Min, Peak, % in Aperture, Avg Pwr Density, Beam Width, Centroid, Peak, Cross Sectional Area)|
|Laser Results (Waist Width, Divergence, Waist Location Rayleigh Length, M², K, BPP, Astigmatism, Asymmetry)|
|After Lens Results (Waist Width, Divergence, Waist Location Rayleigh Length, Astigmatism, Asymmetry)|
|Effective Focal Length of lens|
|Supported Beam Width calculations|
|Kֺֺnife Edge 10/90 and Programmable|
|EֺֺPSA - Encircled Power Smallest Aperture (power in a bucket)|
|Single Page Report|
Accuracy by Design
Spiricon products are known for accuracy. Using our patented Ultracal calibration method, auto aperturing to exclude noise beyond the wings of the laser beam, and long optical path, assures the user of the most accurate measurements in the industry.
Designed by Our Customers
Guided by customer input from our widely deployed previous generation M²-200s system, Spiricon redesigned the BeamSquared to meet the challenging demands of the laser industry. The new BeamSquared system has significantly higher durability and operational robustness for continuous use in a three shifts a day, seven days a week environment. The rigid baseplate and internal optics greatly simplifies and reduces the time for initial set-up and alignment. The lens configuration data is now stored using an RF ID chip embedded in the lens holder which is uploaded automatically by the BeamSquared system when the lens cartridge is inserted in the system, eliminating the need for our customers to keep track of configuration file. Both novice and seasoned users will appreciate these new features along with the time-tested excellence that Spiricon has provided over the years.
|BeamSquared measures propagation characteristics in both|
|the X and Y axes and displays the following parameters:|
|Fֺֺull angle Divergences|
|Mֺֺ2 or K and BPP factors|
Main Screen Functions
|M2x, M2y, Kx, Ky, BPPx, BPPy|
|Width at waist Wx, Wy|
|Divergence angle Qx, Qy|
|Waist location Zx, Zy|
|Rayleigh X, Y|
|Statistical results are available on all measurements|
|Sensor Type||Silicon CCD||InGaAs CCD||BeamSquared software, software license, and optical train no camera included|
|Wavelengths||266 – 1100nm||900 – 1700nm|
|Active Area||7.1mm x 5.3mm||9.6mm x 7.6mm|
|Elements||1624 x 1224||320 x 256|
|Effective Pixel||4.4μm x 4.4μm||30μm x 30μm|
|Frame Rate||15 fps||100 fps|
|Interface||USB 2.0 and 3.0|
|Accuracy||±5% typical, ±10% waist location and Rayleigh length typical|
|Measurement Cycle Time||<1 minute typical, depending on setup conditions and operating mode|
|Camera Attachment Standard||C-mount, 90° camera on axis rotation|
|Translation System||Step-motor driven ball screw|
|Compliance||CE, China RoHS|
|Different lenses are required for different wavelength regions, spot sizes and divergences. Five lenses are included with the SP920 systems and two lenses with the XC-130 system. See below, for nominal focal lengths. Additional lenses must be ordered separately.|
266-440nm UV 500mm FL (included)
430-700nm VIS 500 FL (included)
430-700nm VIS 400 FL (included)
650-1000nm NIR 400 FL (included)
1000-1700nm Extended NIR 400 FL (included)
1000-1700nm Extended NIR 400 FL (included)
650-1000nm NIR 400 FL (included)
Lens kits – optional
|Nominally from ND 1.0 to ND 4.8. Actual values vary with wavelength.|
|For the SP920||.15 mW/cm² CW mode|
1.0 μJ/cm² pulse mode
Both of the above for an M²=1 @ 1064nm
|For the XC-130 and Pyrocam IIHR and Pyrocam IV||See individual camera data sheets|
|Wavelength Range||266 -1700nm limited by Camera The CCD camera is operational from 266 to 1100nm. InGaAs camera operates from 900 to 1700nm. Pyrocam from 1.06 to 3000μm|
|Beam Size||BeamSquared Auto Mode 1mm – 10mm BeamSquared Manual Mode 0.8mm – 10mm maximum for Pyrocam IIIHR and 0.8mm – 20mm maximum for Pyrocam IV Varies with wavelength, waist size, location, and M²|
|Minimum Beam Width||SP920|
Pyrocam IIIHR or IV (manual & w/o optical train only)
|Storage Temperature||-30° C to 65° C|
|Storage Humidity||95% maximum (non-condensing)|
|Operating Temperature||10° C to 40° C|
|Operating Humidity||95% maximum (non-condensing)|
|Input Voltage||90 – 264 V AC|
|AC Line Current||1.6 A|
|Line Frequency||47Hz to 63Hz|
|Weight||26 lbs. w/o camera|
|Dimensions||See manual or web site|
|Notes:||¹ CCD cameras can be damaged by power in excess of 0.1 mW/cm² or energy in excess of 1 mJ/cm². BeamSquared employs a focusing optic. While it may be that the laser input power or energy measures well below this damage threshold, it can easily exceed these levels when focused onto the camera sensor. Use caution and error on the side of safety. CCD cameras can be costly to repair or replace.|
|² For the optical train only. The PC computer supplies the power for the system components, such as the CCD camera.|
Are the BeamSquared lenses interchangeable from one BeamSquared unit to another?
Because of the design of the lenses for the new BeamSquared, you will be able to use lenses on multiple systems. We have included an RFID chip on each lens which holds the information for that lens. We have also programmed the BeamSquared optical trains to have their calibration information stored in the device. With this improvement the configuration files for pairing optical trains and lenses are no longer required making lenses interchangable.Close
Can any BeamGage camera be used with a BeamSquared system?
BeamGage systems and BeamSquared systems are separate and the cameras with them are not always interchangeable. However, if you currently have an SP300, SP920, XC-130, or one of our Pyrocam IIIHR or IV cameras, you can upgrade these cameras to be compatible with the BeamSquared software (Note: Pyrocams are not compatible with the optical train).
The cameras sold with BeamSquared systems are not licensed for use with BeamGage. This is an optional item that can be purchased that would allow further analysis with the camera outside of the BeamSquared software.
Does the BeamSquared internally provide all the necessary attenuation for operation with the direct laser beam?
Before allowing laser energy to enter the instrument, it is important to limit the beam intensity. Excessive laser energy may cause damage to the camera or the internal components of the BeamSquared optical train.
Typically, a CCD camera sensor can be damaged at energy levels in excess of 1 mJ/cm² or at power levels greater than .15 mW/cm². Adjust these input limits downward based on the likely focused spot size resulting from your M² lens focal length. Beam splitters and/or filters may be used to attenuate the beam, but care must be used to prevent the introduction of distortions.
During an M² measurement operation, the peak energy density that reaches the camera will change, potentially over several orders of magnitude. This is a result of the camera effectively moving from a larger unfocused spot near the lens, into and through the focus at the waist, and then out again to an unfocused spot (see the Adjusting Brightness section in the manual). The Linear attenuators in the optical train will automatically adjust to accommodate these changes in beam intensity, so long as the operator, has prudently selected the initial beam intensity. Thus, it is the operator's responsibility to attenuate the laser sufficiently to operate within the safe dynamic range of the BeamSquared system.Close
When in the laser life cycle is the M2 measurement the most important?
M² measurement is important if the stability of your laser is important to your process. Taking M² measurements on a frequent basis allows you to see if your laser is stable from time to time. If the results of the M² measurement fluctuate and a noticeable change happens over time, this could help identify problems with consistency in the laser and help prevent negative results to your process where the laser is being utilized.Close
Why can my M² unit have an M² measurement less than 1?
There are two common occurrences when M² results are less than 1. The first and most common of these results from the operator entering the wrong wavelength value. In this case the results are often well below 1, in the .8-.9 range. The second most common cause is due to nominal accuracy tolerances. These are normal and expected. With a 5% M² tolerance results from ~.95 to ~1.05 are possible. Averaging runs will normally return a mean value to something > 1, but not always.
It has been suggested that if the M² results are computed to be < 1 we should display a 1 as the answer. However the algorithms in the BeamSquared software make computations and report results as the input settings and the beam samples dictate. This is done to provide useful information to the operator rather than to try and conceal the issue.Close
I have an M2-200s unit and a BeamSquared. Can I run both from the same computer?
The two software programs and their motion controller drivers cannot be installed concurrently. The M2-200s software only supports up to Windows 7 operating systems and uses older motion controller drivers where the BeamSquared software supports up to Windows 10 and uses updated motion controller drivers that are not compatible with the M2-200s system.
To operate them from the same computer requires that the computer be a Windows 7 operating system and that you uninstall the previous program including the motion controller drivers first, then reboot the computer before you can install the other software with its motion controller drivers.