The All-in-One Laser Beam Analysis Machine
So, you want to measure your laser… What comes to mind first? A laser power meter? Okay… Let’s say I’m using a laser to cut sheets of metal and I have a power meter to check that it is outputting the correct power. But even if I know that my laser produces 50W with 99.9%…continue reading
Bottom Line: What Is Beam Profiling Dynamic Range?
What does dynamic range really mean in a laser beam profiler? I don’t mean the technical definition. What are its implications? How will having a specific dynamic range help you understand what the camera or scanning slit profiler can do? Contact uscontinue reading
Avoid Thermal Lensing When Profiling Your Laser Beam!
So, your laser power is a little high. No problem, just stick some attenuating filters in to lower the power, right? Not so fast. In some cases this can cause thermal lensing. If you’re not familiar with it, thermal lensing basically means the heat of a laser beam can distort the filter medium and create…continue reading
The Wrong Way to State Dynamic Range – And How to Spot It
This is the second part in a short series on dynamic range. You can read the first part here. What’s the most important rule when trying to determine spec statements? What’s the fundamental law that applies not only to dynamic range, but to all specs? Contact uscontinue reading
Don’t Let Lasers Ruin Your Solar Cells!
Picture this: After decades of providing the best quality solar panels, you find competitors edging you out of the market with a better profit margin. They’re using the new laser scribing process to produce solar cells more efficiently. At first, you want to stick with the tried and true methods, but at a certain point…continue reading
How to Analyze High Power Laser Beams
Every day a new application if found for lasers. High power lasers are especially useful for material processing, but are also used prevalently in scientific research and military applications. It is often crucial to be able to “see” the profile of a laser beam. If one is using a laser to cut metal, for instance,…continue reading
Measuring Laser Focus Spot Size in an Industrial Medical Device Application
This step-by-step tutorial shows how to set up a camera-based beam profiling system on an industrial single-pulse laser welding system, demonstrates how to simultaneously analyze a laser’s focused spot, measure a laser’s energy per pulse, and measure temporal pulse shape. Contact uscontinue reading
Beam profiling-interesting examples
Through out the years we, at Ophir-Spiricon, have come across many interesting applications where our beam profilers and laser power sensors and meters have been very helpful to our customers. Here are a couple of interesting beam profiling applications: Contact uscontinue reading
Laser beam profiling- a key for "solar revolution"
In the past few years, along with the world’s need for alternative energy, the solar panel production industry is expanding rapidly. Contact uscontinue reading
Measuring widely diverging beams
We often are asked about measuring the power of widely diverging beams and how to do so. First of all, Ophir has integrating sphere power meters designed for divergent beams of up to +/-40 degrees divergence. These are the 3A-IS and 3A-IS-IRG power meters. These power meters are primarily for low power beams of under…continue reading
Beam Profiling and Medical Devices
A few months ago we posted a blog with several examples of cases where beam profilers helped manufactures and companies. Here are a few examples where a beam profiler was used to indicate and repair lasers that malfunctioned in the medical industry. Contact uscontinue reading
Medical Laser Applications: Beam Measuring & Profiling
Picture this, “you are an experienced eye surgeon. After a routine operation you are informed your patient’s eyesight may be impaired for life because your laser scalpel didn’t function properly”- how would you tell your patient the bad news?continue reading