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Assaf Halevy, Efi Rotem, and Simon Rankel

As the development of new UV LED sources continues at an ever-growing pace, so do the industrial applications that utilize them. UV LEDs are being put to work in various industrial processes, medical applications, and – especially due to COVID-19 – increasingly used to develop solutions for disinfection purposes. Efficient utilization of the UV radiation requires good measurement tools. However, accurate light measurement in this spectral range presents challenges, such as how to accurately measure the irradiance if the...

The Concept:
Ophir customers often need to connect different optical components together to create an optimal setup to best meet their needs. In order to do this, Ophir provides mutual interconnections between different Ophir products via adapters with various threads, designed to exactly fit required optical path distances for each device. This is an integrated solution, prealigned and ready to use.

Our line of Beam Profiler cameras and sensors of various formats can be...

Christian Dini

Thermal sensors can be used over many years without any repair if they are used in a correct laser optical setup. However, this is exactly where the challenge begins. Experienced service technicians from Ophir's calibration laboratories around the globe repeatedly see sensors where incorrect usage had lead to early wear. The experts have briefly summarized the four most common causes that significantly influence the measurement accuracy of thermal sensors, as well as corresponding preventive measures.

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John McCauley, Business Development Manager, Ophir

Since Columbia University graduate student Gordon Gould and Bell Laboratories scientists Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow (among others) coined the term LASER in the 1950's, applications of the laser have seemed limitless. Working with these new discoveries had to be exciting, but applying hundreds of kilowatts of laser power, like the ones being used in directed energy laser systems, wasn't even something that could be fathomed at the time.

The application of massive amounts...

Yoni Groisman, Karol Sanilevitch, Roei Yiftah, Dr. Simon Rankel

VCSELs, LEDs, edge emitting, and fiber lasers are used in many sensitive applications within fast-growing markets. To guarantee the high quality of the devices, it is essential to analyze the beam profile, but those wide, divergent beams place specific requirements on the measurement system. On the one hand, the apertures of conventional beam profilers are too small to collect the entire spot of large or divergent light sources. On the other hand, diverging beams cannot be accurately measured with regular detectors because the quantum...

Sven Kern, Central European Sales Manager (North)

The Ophir® BeamSquared system measures the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed laser completely automated. It’s compact design and its flexibility in terms of wavelength – it is suited for measuring UV to NIR to Telecom wavelength – makes it a powerful measurement tool in many laser applications. As with every highly precise laser measurement device its biggest enemy is Optics contamination due to dust and debris. Also, to ensure optimal measurement conditions an accurate offset correction is essential. Here...

Pulsed lasers are as popular as continuous wave (CW) lasers. The physics of many lasers lends itself to pulsed operation, and just as important, so do many applications. Pulse widths are becoming very short, reaching femto-seconds. When concentrating the laser energy into such short pulses and onto a small spot, even low pulse energy - in the μJ range - is sufficient to melt, cut, ablate, and weld materials without the effect of slowly heating and damaging adjacent areas. While pulsed lasers exist in many wavelengths from UV to IR, UV lasers...

Laser light and the automotive industry are tied closely together. Both laser-based manufacturing and laser-based sensing play a key role in today’s mobility. If you use a laser in materials processing, the processes can only sustainably turn out high-quality products if the laser beam is of reliably high quality. Laser-based sensing applications such as LiDAR and gestures recognition can only guarantee safe usage as long as the laser beam consistently meets specs.
Daniel Sebbag

Ophir's line of fast photodetectors expands your measurement capability to high speed temporal characterizations of laser pulses. Let us explain how.

Pulsed Lasers: How to Choose the Right Fast Photodetector
Figure 1. The new Ophir Fast Photodiode Detectors series.

The vast majority of lasers used today in industrial applications are pulsed...

Derrick Peterman, PhD

Beam attenuation is critical because lasers designed for cutting sheet steel will have no trouble cutting through a beam profiler if the beam power isn't attenuated.

Beam profiling characterizes the size, shape, quality, and focal position of a laser beam. Whether the application is a few milliWatts in power or several kWatts, beam profiling is used to test optical designs, verify laser performance, or monitor the performance of laser systems.

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Mark Slutzki

Introduction
Since cavemen first figured out how to throw rocks and shoot arrows, our ability to precisely deliver power has come a long way.

High-power laser beams, by delivering a lot of power into a small and precisely controlled space, now help us manufacture components that would have been difficult - if not impossible - using purely mechanical means. Automotive and aircraft manufacture, shipbuilding, and similar heavy-industry applications have been dramatically changed...

John McCauley, Ophir

When purchasing a laser, learning how to apply, troubleshoot, and evaluate that device is very important.

Given the pace at which technology advances, there always seems to be a learning curve. With the abundance of consumer electronics available, there typically is no right or wrong way to use these devices — the choice usually comes down to the method that best suits the end user. However, when purchasing a highly advanced device for use in the workplace, such as a laser,...

Dr. Simon Rankel and John McCauley, Ophir

The importance of precisely measuring LiDAR parameters and its impact on the performance and construction of LiDAR systems

Many experts believe LiDAR is one of the pivotal sensing technologies required to make partial to full autonomous vehicles possible. The most promising way seems to be combining LiDAR with other detection/ranging systems like cameras and radar products into a suite of detection & ranging systems allowing autonomous vehicles to use at least two independent...

Dr. Simon Rankel

Measurement considerations of disinfection methods based on UV radiation for fighting COVID-19 in the current pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on disinfection technology. UV radiation is a promising approach to prevent airborne infections and infections caused by exposure to contaminated surfaces. It has long been known as an option to inactivate pathogenic microorganisms, especially for water disinfection. Today, it is increasingly used in surface disinfection...

The laser seam welding of sheets of zinc-coated steel – a combination of metals with disparate melting and evaporation properties – used to be a major challenge for the automotive industry. But Volkswagen AG is pursuing a promising approach with multi-focal laser welding: A newly developed process enables significantly higher welding speeds than is otherwise possible with conventional mono-focal laser beam welding systems. After a development period of just three years, the process was registered for a patent. The development of...

Efi Rotem, Daniel Sebbag

Ophir's new IS1.5-VIS-FPD800 offers several advantages for measuring VCSEL's in a single instrument:

  • A precision photodiode for calibrated average power measurement
  • A fast photodiode for pulse shape characterization on an oscilloscope
  • An SMA fiber optic adapter for easy connection to a spectrometer

Ophir's Centauri display can be used to log and analyze measurements at 10KHz either as a standalone meter, or using the StarLab PC software...

Christian Dini, Director Global Business Development Ophir

Five crucial questions to ask when developing a measurement strategy
Is additive manufacturing ready for mass-production? The answer really boils down to reproducibility. When it comes to selective laser melting, both the manufacturers of the laser systems and the users thereof have recognized that the constancy of the laser parameters is of great importance in the production process. But is it possible to test this quickly and cost-effectively during operation? Learn how measuring the laser power is a good indicator of changes...

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

According to the developers at Scanovis – a start-up company based in Koblenz – brushes, powder and chemicals will soon be tools of the past for securing evidence at crime scenes. The company has developed a laser-based solution that, among other things, uses IR laser radiation to detect fingerprints at the scene of a crime, quickly making them visible...

Christian Dini, Director Global Business Development Ophir

Optimizing and controlling laser processes right from the start

Automakers are investing heavily in electric cars: major investments that come with major challenges. But those who plan strategically and integrate the latest technologies directly into their production processes will not only save in the long term but also ensure both battery quality and safe vehicle operation. New manufacturing concepts and the technologies of e-...

Efi Rotem, Shimon Elstein, Daniel Sebbag
Ophir's new IS1.5-VIS-FPD-800 is a multi-functional sensor that offers several advantages in a single instrument for measuring VCSEL's:
The world remains in a continuing state of uncertainty due to the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Face masks and disinfectants are selling very well. Disinfection with UV light could offer a way of disinfecting larger areas without the use of chemical disinfectants, especially in hospitals where patients are being treated.
John McCauley, Key Automotive Accounts Manager, Ophir Products

There is little debate about how Additive Manufacturing is adding benefits and changing the face of manufacturing in our modern age. Additive Manufacturing allows for the manufacturing of more customized parts, using more specialized materials, and will eventually create a more localized, rapid, and agile distribution network than what have been used to.

But use of the technology associated with Additive Manufacturing does not come without challenges. The investment into Additive...

Yoni Groisman, Application Engineer

Background
High power laser application has significantly increased in recent years due to new production techniques that enable cheaper manufacturing and operating costs. Applications of high-power lasers that seemed exotic a few years ago are now considered routine in material processing and micromachining.
 
Such material processing applications as welding, cutting, additive manufacturing, marking, and engraving are now performed using lasers, enabling higher precision, faster rates, and increased variability....

Dagmar Ecker, Master of Business Engineering claro! Text und PR

Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies IAPT relies on BeamWatch AM in laser beam melting (LBM) processes

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies IAPT has set a goal for itself to automate additive production and use this technology to manufacture the products of tomorrow in a resource-efficient manner. A consistently high level of quality in the manufactured components is decisive for whether the laser-based...

Efi Rotem, Mark Ivker

Background
When measuring average power using a photodiode detector such as PD300 or IS6-D-VIS, the maximum power or saturation power is determined by the maximal photocurrent that the photodiode can generate while still maintaining linearity. The saturation power is typically 3mW for a bare silicon photodiode. Adding attenuation in the form of a filter or through the use of an integrating sphere will naturally increase the saturation power of the sensor as a whole.

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