PD10-C | Photodiode Sensors | Laser Energy Sensors - Ophir

PD10-C

7Z02944
Description: 

The PD10-C is a photodiode energy meter for low energies with a 10mm aperture. It can measure energies from 1nJ up to 15µJ. It can operate at repetition rates up to 20kHz and covers the spectral range from 0.19 - 1.1µm. The sensor comes with a standard 1.5 meter cable for connecting to a meter or PC interface.

Specification

  • Ø10mm
  • 0.19-1.1µm
  • 1nJ-15µJ
  • 20,000Hz
  • Ø62 W x 22 D (mm)
  • 15μJ
  • 50W/cm²
  • 0.005 ms
  • 50mW at 800nm
  • CE, China RoHS
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FAQ

Are pyro sensors suitable for power measurement and if so, what is the accuracy?

All Ophir pyroelectric sensors can measure average power with Ophir Power and Energy Meters. The instrument measures the number of pulses each second and multiplies the energy reading by the pulse rate. If the pulse rate is constant, then the accuracy of power measurement will be the same as the energy accuracy since the pulse rate measurement is very accurate.

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What is the "User Threshold" feature on the Pyro-C series and how does it work?

The Pyro-C sensors have a "user threshold" feature allowing the user to adjust the measurement threshold in noisy environments. Increasing the threshold will prevent triggering on noisy signals and allow accurate measurment of energy and frequency, as long as the laser pulses are larger than the noise.

 

The trigger level can be adjusted up to 25% of full scale, however operation depends on the pulse width setting. For pulse width settings below ~0.25ms, the minimum energy that can be measured accurately is approximately 40% above the user threshold setting. Pulses below this energy level will trigger the sensor down to the user threshold level, but accuracy is compromised.

 

For pulse width settings above ~0.25ms, accuracy is good all the way down to the threshold. If the laser pulse width is less than 1/2 the setting, the minimum energy corresponds to the setting. However, with longer laser pulse widths, the minimum energy will be higher, rising to approximately twice the user threshold level when the laser pulse width is equal to the sensor pulse width setting.

 

It is recommended always to set the user threshold to the minimum possible setting to retain best energy accuracy in any given situation. See the user manual for further information on how to use the user threshold.

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How does the pyroelectric sensor behave for pulsed radiation at a frequency which is over the data sampling rate?

The Power and Energy Meters simply decides it is time for a sample and takes the next pulse that comes after that time, e.g. if it samples at 400 Hz, then every 1/400th of a second it is ready to take the next pulse that comes along.

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Can I use a PE-C pyroelectric sensor for higher powers for a short time without the optional heat sink?

The catalog specification states the maximum power a sensor can be used with and without the heat sink. The purpose of the heat sink is to keep the sensor temperature below the maximum permitted at higher average powers. If you use the sensor for a short time only, on the order of 1-2 minutes at a time, you should be able to measure up to the higher power given in the spec even without the heat sink.

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Are Pyro-C energy sensors compatible with all Ophir meters?

Yes, with certain limitations. Here are the points to be aware of:
Vega, Nova II, StarLite, StarBright meters and Juno PC interface: Full support of all features
All other instruments (Nova/Orion and LaserStar meters, as well as USBI, Pulsar, and Quasar PC interfaces): Support the Pyro-C sensors, except for the following features: Only 2 of the 5 pulse width settings are available.
User selectable threshold is not available.
In addition to the above: When using a Pyro-C sensor with the Nova (or Orion) meter, the "Nova PE-C Adapter" (Ophir p/n 7Z08272) is required. 

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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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  • PD10-C series sensors with StarLab

    Support for PD10-C series sensors with Vega, Nova II, Juno, EA-1, StarLite and StarBright in StarLab application is now available.
    When working with other meters and interfaces it is not necessary to update the embedded software.
    Download Steps
    In order to upgrade the embedded software (named "PE-C firmware") in the PD10-C series sensors with the StarLab application:

    • Attach the sensor from the PD10-C series to a Juno (with version 1.21 or higher), a Vega / Nova-II (version 2.16 or higher), a StarLite (version 1.22 or higher) or a StarBright (version 1.30 or higher).
      To download the latest version of Juno, Vega, Nova-II, StarLite or StarBright firmware press here
    • Connect the meter to the PC and run StarLab (with version 3.20 or higher).
      To download the latest StarLab version press here
    • Enter the diagnostic screen and select to upgrade sensor firmware (version 1.69 or higher).
      To download the latest PE-C firmware version press here

    Note: PD10-C sensors can't be upgraded via EA-1 interface.

Videos

“Additional Error with Frequency” – What is That? “Additional Error with Frequency” – What is That?
FAQ: Sensors for Measuring Laser Energy FAQ: Sensors for Measuring Laser Energy FAQ: Sensors for Measuring Laser Energy

In this short “Basics” video, we review in general the use of pyro-electric sensors for measuring laser pulse energies.

How to detect missing laser pulses How to detect missing laser pulses How to detect missing laser pulses

This video will show you how to detect and record any missing pulses in your pulsed laser beam application.

Measure very low energy laser pulses accurately Measure very low energy laser pulses accurately Measure very low energy laser pulses accurately

This video will show you how to overcome the challenges of measuring very low energy pulses, even in a noisy environment.

In many laser energy sensor specifications, there is an item called "Additional error with frequency".
Learn what that means, and why and when it happens, in this video.

Tutorials

Tutorials and Articles

Laser Energy Sensors introduction

Introduction
Ophir has two types of energy sensors, pyroelectric and RP. Pyroelectric sensors are for measuring repetitive pulse energies and average powers at pulse rates up to 25000 pulses per second and pulse widths up to 20ms. RP sensors are specialty items mainly for very long pulse widths and very high average powers that cannot be measured by pyroelectric sensors. Note that single shot energy with pulse rates less than one pulse every 5s or so can be measured with thermal sensors described in the power sensor section

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Common Reasons for Pyroelectric Sensor Damage or Out of Tolerance Conditions

This document was created to assist our valued customers in the proper care and maintenance of Ophir-Spiricon pyroelectric laser power sensors. The following information is for reference only. If you have any reason to believe that the sensor is no longer performing within the original specifications, we always recommend that you send it in for repair and/or recalibration by our trained technicians to bring the unit back to the proper NIST traceable standards. We believe that Ophir pyroelectric sensors can be used for many years without repair when used with the proper laser optical Read more...

How to Properly Select a Laser Power or Energy Sensor

The selection of a sensor to accurately measure the power of a laser or energy of a pulsed laser can seem like a simple and easy procedure. However, many times the selection process is limited to choosing a sensor that only meets the range of power or energy to be measured, leaving out several other essential criteria of the laser specifications; that without their consideration, can allow the wrong sensor to be selected, the laser to be measured inaccurately and likely to cause the sensor to fail prematurely.

Watch Our Laser Measurement Video

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Can Ophir pyroelectric sensors measure single shot energy or energy at very low repetition rates?

Ophir pyroelectric sensors can measure energy at very low repetition rates, what is called “single shot” energy as well as at various repetition rates all the way up to the maximum in the specification for such sensors. There seems to be a misunderstanding among users that pyroelectric sensors cannot measure single shot energy. This probably comes about since thermal sensors can only measure at very low repetition rates (~0.2Hz), then it is assumed that the converse applies to pyroelectric sensors, i.e. that they only can only measure at faster repetition rates, but this is not Read more...

Effect of Ambient Conditions on Laser Measurements

We are often asked about the specified ranges of various ambient conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.) for Ophir instruments. In this article we will clarify the effects of these conditions on laser measurements, so you’ll be able to use your Ophir laser measurement instrument effectively.

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Accessories

Customers that purchase the above items also consider the following items. Ophir-Spiricon meters and sensors include a standard manufacturers warranty for one year. Add a one year Extended Warranty to your meter or sensor, which includes one recalibration.
  • SC Fiber Adapter

    SC Fiber Adapter

    7Z08227
    This fiber adapter is used for connecting power and energy sensors to a standard SC-type fiber. Many sensors need an additional mounting bracket to connect to all fiber adapters. More information can be found in the datasheet below.
  • ST Fiber Adapter

    7Z08226
    This fiber adapter is used for connecting power and energy sensors to a standard ST-type fiber. Many sensors need an additional mounting bracket to connect to all fiber adapters. More information can be found in the datasheet below.
  • FC Fiber Adapter

    FC Fiber Adapter

    7Z08229
    This fiber adapter is used for connecting power and energy sensors to a standard FC-type fiber. Many sensors need an additional mounting bracket to connect to all fiber adapters. More information can be found in the datasheet below.
  • SMA Fiber Adapter

    SMA Fiber Adapter

    1G01236A
    This fiber adapter is used for connecting power and energy sensors to a standard SMA-type fiber. Many sensors need an additional mounting bracket to connect to all fiber adapters. More information can be found in the datasheet below.
  • PD10 Fiber Adapter Bracket
    A mounting bracket is needed to connect most power and energy sensors to a fiber adapter (SC, ST, FC or SMA). This bracket can be used for photodiode energy sensors in the PD10 series.
  • Nova PE-C Adapter

    Nova PE-C Adapter

    7Z08272

    The adapter plugs between the Nova D15 socket and the smart plug of the PE-C sensor to allow the Nova to operate with PE-C series sensors. See PE-C spec sheet for details.

  • PE-C to PE Size Adapter

    The newer PE-C series sensors have a φ62mm diameter.
    The older PE series sensors have a φ85mm diameter. This
    adapter allows using the PE-C type sensors in jigs and
    setups that were originally designed for PE sensors.

  • 3m Cable

    3m Cable

    7E01174A

    3m cable to connect sensor to power meter or interface. Order along with sensor to receive this instead of the standard 1.5m cable.

  • Cable

    5m Cable

    7E01174B

    5m cable to connect sensor to power meter or interface. Order along with sensor to receive this instead of the standard 1.5m cable.

  • 10m cable

    10m Cable

    7E01174C

    10m cable to connect sensor to power meter or interface. Order along with sensor to receive this instead of the standard 1.5m cable.