Helios | Laser Thermal Power Sensors | Power Sensors - Ophir
Helios | Laser Thermal Power Sensors | Power Sensors - Ophir
Helios | Laser Thermal Power Sensors | Power Sensors - Ophir

Helios Plus – EtherCAT


Helios Plus–EtherCAT通过测量短时间内输出到功率计的能量,来测量最高12kW的工业激光器功率。激光设置为0.3到几秒的脉冲输出。Helios Plus–EtherCAT通过测量该激光器输出样本的能量和出光时间,并据此计算功率。通过将脉冲能量保持在5kJ以下,该功率计无需水冷且能够保持紧凑的尺寸。Helios Plus–EtherCAT是Helios其中一个版本,具有EtherCAT和RS232通信功能以及兼容AIDA的电源和数据连接器。有关Profinet通信的内容,请参阅Helios Plus-Profinet相关资料。有关EtherNet/IP的内容,请参阅Helios Plus–EtherNet/IP或Helios Plus–EtherNet/IP-M相关资料。


  • LP2, absorption ~94%
  • Ø50mm
  • 450-550nm, 900-1100nm
  • 50W-12kW
  • 100J – 5kJ
  • N.A.
  • 200 Lx123 Wx144 H (mm) - Open, 200 L x 100 W x 84 H(mm)-Closed Connectors: AIDA, DB9
  • N.A.
  • N.A.
  • 3 s
  • N.A.
  • 4kJ/cm²
  • 12kW
  • N.A.
  • CE, UKCA, China RoHS
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How can the Helios measure high powers without any water cooling?

The key to Helios’ ability to handle high powers with a small, uncooled body is the limit on exposure time. The specifications state a maximum accumulated energy of 10kJ, so one can hit the Helios with 12kW (max power) for up to about 0.8s.

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How can the Helios measure laser exposures of less than a second, if its response time is 2.5s?

The 2.5s response time of the Helios would indeed be problematic if it were measuring the power directly. In actuality it integrates the power received to measure the energy of the pulse. An internal photodiode is used to detect the pulse width. The power is then calculated by P = E / Δt.

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How do I install the Helios? What connectors and cables does it use?

Basic use with Profinet requires one power supply cable and one Profinet cable. Using RS232 or the PC application requires one power supply cable and one RS232 cable. If you want to use the Helios in a line/star topology, where it is daisy-chained with the next device in line, then you should use two power supply cables and two Profinet cables.
RS232 uses a standard DB9 RS232 cable. Profinet uses a Profinet-grade cable and RJ45 connectors. The power supply is a standard Profinet power supply from the Han PushPull series. For more information and mating connectors, see Chapter 3 of the manual.

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How many measurements can be made in quick succession?

This is limited by the temperature the Helios body reaches, that is measured by an internal sensor. The temperature shouldn’t be allowed to exceed 60° C. In our experience, this translates to about 40 kJ of accumulated exposure. Of course, the longer one waits in between pulses (allowing the body to cool), the more total energy it can take. That is why the temperature sensor should be used as the primary indicator of overheating, while 40 kJ should be treated as a rule of thumb.

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How long does it take the Helios to cool down and be ready for another shot?

After the Helios reaches the maximum temperature of 60° C (approx. 40 kJ of accumulated energy), it should take about 10 20 minutes for it to cool back down to room temperature. Therfore, use the temperature sensor as the indication of how many pulses can be measured

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Does the Helios have an interlock option to avoid damage?

Whether RS232 or Profinet is used, there is a command to query the current temperature. The customer is responsible for integrating this into the measurement script and coordinating with the laser control to make sure the laser is not allowed to be measured when the temperature is over the limit. If using the PC application, one should select: Options > Log Temperature Enable. This will show the current temperature (and log it). If the temperature goes over the limit, it will turn red.

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What is each Helios panel LED indicator for?

There are seven LEDs for different status/error indications. From left to right (and top to bottom), the LEDs are:

  1. Power
  2. COM (Green)
  3. COM (Red)
  4. Link (Port 1)
  5. TX/RX (Port 1)
  6. Link (Port 2)
  7. TX/RX (Port 2)

For more detailed information, see Chapter 7 of the manual.

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How can I clean the Helios glass window?

Use methanol and a tissue or clean air.

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Do I need to recalibrate my instrument? How often must it be recalibrated?

Unless otherwise indicated, Ophir sensors and meters should be recalibrated within 18 months after initial purchase, and then once a year after that.

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Can a laser measurement depend on the distance from the laser to the sensor?

In theory, if a beam is completely parallel and fits within the aperture of a sensor, then it should make no difference at all what the distance is; it will be the same number of photons (ignoring absorption by the air, which is negligible except in the UV below 250nm). If, nevertheless, you do see such a distance dependence, there could be one of the following effects happening:

  • If you are using a thermal type power sensor, you might actually be measuring heat from the laser itself; when very close to the laser, the thermal sensor might be “feeling” the laser’s own heat. That would not, however, continue to have an effect at more than a few cm distance unless the light source is weak and the heat source is strong.
  • Beam geometry – The beam may not be parallel and may be diverging. Often, the lower intensity wings of the beam have greater divergence rate than the main portion of the beam. These may be missing the sensor's aperture as the distance increases. To check that you'd need to use a profiler, or perhaps a BeamTrack PPS (Power/Position/Size) sensor.
  • If you are measuring pulse energies with a diffuser-based pyroelectric sensor: Some users find that when they start with the sensor right up close to the laser and move it away, the readings drop sharply (typically by some 6%) over the first few cm. This is likely caused by multiple reflections between the diffuser and the laser device, which at the closest distance might be causing an incorrectly high reading. You should back off from the source by at least some 5cm, more if the beam is not too divergent.

Needless to say, it’s also important to be sure to have a steady setup; a sensor held by hand could easily be moved around involuntarily, which could cause partial or complete missing of the sensor’s aperture at increasing distance, particularly for an invisible beam.

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Can the Helios Plus measure power-from-short-exposure correctly for a pulsed beam, say pulsing at several KHz?

The short answer: Yes. Now to explain: The question comes up because of the concern that the internal fast photodiode - which measures the exposure time (“pulse width”) - might get confused at sensing the end of an individual pulse within a pulsed beam, and incorrectly think that it has now measured the exposure time and needs to divide the measured energy by that time (which would of course be wrong). The Helios Plus is a bit smarter than that though; it looks simultaneously at the outputs from the fast photodiode AND from the (much slower) thermal sensor, and if it sees that the thermal sensor’s output has not “come back down”, then it knows what looked like the “end of the pulse” from the fast photodiode’s output is not really the end of the pulse.

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  • Power Supply Cable for Helios Plus and IPM-COM


    Power Cable, AIDA female, 4-pin, to flying leads, 5m (1 unit supplied with Helios Plus, not supplied with IPM-COM)

  • Cable for Helios Plus – Profinet / EtherCAT and IPM-COM


    Plug Cable, RJ45 AIDA to RJ45, 5m (1 unit supplied with Helios Plus – Profinet & Helios Plus – EtherCAT Plus, not supplied with IPM-COM)

  • RS232 Cable for Helios Plus


    D9F to D9M shielded 10m cable

  • Helios Plus Window Replacement Kit


    Kit for replacing the Helios Plus window