Ophir® BeamWatch® Non-Contact Beam Monitoring System for Industrial Lasers Now ISO 11146 Compliant

San Francisco, CA – January 31, 2018 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced at Photonics West that Ophir® BeamWatch®, the first non-contact beam monitoring system for very high power lasers, is ISO 11146 compliant. BeamWatch provides real-time beam measurements of lasers that are typically too powerful for direct readings. It measures the Rayleigh scatter of a substantial length of the beam all at once. As a result, there is no contact between the instrument and the beam, and the initial determination of focal spot size, beam waist location, divergence angles, and beam propagation ratios (M2) are easily and almost instantly obtained. Focal spot location can be measured several times per second and indicate if there is any focal spot shift during critical start-up moments. ISO 11146 compliance ensures the accuracy and reproducibility of all measurements.