Category: Laser Power & Energy Sensors

High Power, Cramped Spaces – Measurement Challenges in Additive Manufacturing

Laser-based additive manufacturing is transforming industrial processes and opening up new horizons in a variety of application areas. In the aerospace and automotive industries, for example, it makes it efficient to manufacture intricate parts according to lightweight construction principles; in medical technology, it has expanded the range of prostheses and orthoses; and in toolmaking, it…

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Here Comes the Revolution – BeamPeek, an Integrated Beam Analysis and Power Measurement System for Additive Manufacturing

We’re super proud and excited to introduce the Ophir® BeamPeek™, an integrated beam analysis and power measurement system for fast, accurate, real-time measurement of lasers in additive manufacturing chambers. Introduced at Laser World of Photonics (started yesterday), the BeamPeek system provides simultaneous beam profiling, focal spot analysis, and power measurement in just three (3) seconds.…

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Watch: How to Keep a Tight Leash on High-Power Laser Processes

Laser beams with powers of many tens of kilowatts are becoming increasingly common in today’s industrial applications. However, as the powers increase, the stakes increase as well. In this webinar, we will discuss how to monitor appropriate laser parameters to keep high-power processes stable and predictable. So, here’s the agenda… We’ll start with a quick…

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Measuring Very Low Power IR Lasers with the RM9 Radiometer System

There are two main technologies commonly used today for measuring laser beam powers: Photodiode-based sensors, used for measuring low powers (from pW up to several hundred mW, typically); these are limited to spectral regions from the UV to the near IR, depending on the specific semiconductor used, and Thermal sensors, used for measuring higher powers;…

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Terahertz Technology- New Challenges, New Solutions

Terahertz (=THz) radiation is electromagnetic radiation located between the low-frequency far-infrared and the high-frequency microwave parts of the spectrum (from 0.3 to 3 x 1012 Hz, with a wavelength from 10 micrometers to 1 mm). THz radiation is unique because it combines useful properties of both radio waves and infrared waves. THz radiation can be…

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Understanding Your Laser Measurement Equipment Certificate of Calibration

Laser power sensors are the key to efficient and effective use of your laser system, whether you use it in a factory, medical facility, or research institution. To ensure the laser power sensors themselves remain accurate, they must be calibrated regularly. When you receive the sensor back from calibration, you will see a certificate of…

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Watch: How to Use the StarViewer Android App to Operate the Ariel

When you think of a laser power meter, you usually imagine a sensor connected by a cable to a device, a handheld meter, or perhaps a direct to PC interface. But that’s not always how it is. Sometimes a cable is not an option. In an additive manufacturing chamber for example, you want the sensor…

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Ophir New Laser Power Sensor: Measures High Repetition Rate, Short Pulse Industrial Lasers for Micromachining up to 200W

We are happy to introduce a new F150(200)A-CM-16 sensor, that recently joined Ophir’s catalog. This is Ophir’s second sensor based on the newly developed CM absorber, and it shows superior performance in some of its main parameters compared to its older sibling. In the following blog post, we will focus on several of its key…

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Quality Assurance in Additive Production

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. The Goal: Deliver the Same Repeatable Results A consistently high level of quality in the manufactured components is decisive for whether…

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Watch: Product Overview – “Helios Plus” Industrial Laser Power Meter Family

For measuring high power lasers in industrial settings, meet Ophir’s Helios Plus family. Designed with factory automation in mind, they have a robust, industrial design for harsh environments, and the range of communication interfaces make them easy to integrate into factory networks. Get a brief introduction to the new Helios Plus family in the following…

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Best of Laser Measurement 2021

2021 presented us with many challenges; now it is time for us to say – “Thank you” .Many of you participated in our online webinars, read our content, and stayed connected with us in many ways. With this Best of Laser Measurement 2021 blog post, we have collected the content that attracted the most interest from our…

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Watch On-demand Webinar: How to Measure Your High Power Laser

If you have any experience monitoring lasers of high powers, you likely know that there are a number of issues that can affect the accuracy of your measurements. We invite you to learn more about measuring high power lasers: principles, challenges, and best practices. The webinar is led by our product manager, Mark Slutzki. In…

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