Lasers/Laser Systems/Accessories

WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

Achieving Standardized Measurements With BeamWatch AM The BeamWatch AM is Ophir-Spiricon’s beam monitoring system designed specifically for use in the additive manufacturing industry to provide non-interfering real-time beam measurement at the location of the working plane. This white paper delivers a comparison of results with those from the NanoScan 2, a widely-accepted scanning-slit technology, and demonstrates that the BeamWatch AM can achieve ISO-compliant measurements when correctly...  Continue Reading...
Creating A Passive Laser Beam Analyzer Through A Haas Laser Technologies And Xenics Partnership
Creating A Passive Laser Beam Analyzer Through A Haas Laser Technologies And Xenics Partnership High power CO2 lasers produce a beam of infrared light with wavelengths centering typically at 9.3 or 10.6 μm. Haas Laser Technologies, Inc. has developed a compact, all passive optical design laser beam analyzer for focused laser beams from a CO2 laser with wavelength range from 9.3 to 10.6 μm. In conjunction with a Fabry-Perot resonator and Xenics’ Gobi-640-GigE microbolometer camera, the new beam analyzer offers laser beam...  Continue Reading...
Which Industrial Cutting Method Is Right For You? Some applications require one specific type of cutting method and the other two methods are out of the question. This application note presents the process of each industrial cutting method, and comparisons between laser cutting, water jets, and mechanical cutting.  Continue Reading...
Intro To Laser Management: Laser Profiling 101
Intro To Laser Management: Laser Profiling 101 Traditionally, laser operators only verify a laser’s average power or energy to improve efficiency and, if everything is in order, put their laser back into service. This article discusses steps required to identify and use a camera profiling system (arrayed camera, attenuator, and beam dump) for laser management.  Continue Reading...
Reducing Production Waste With Laser Profiling And Characterization
Reducing Production Waste With Laser Profiling And Characterization A critical component in a laser manufacturing process is the understanding of which process parameters or key control characteristics must be measured and how they will relate to product quality and waste. A laser profiling system can be a great benefit for characterizing and identifying which variables affect product quality and waste minimization. Unfortunately, many companies realize this too late and incur more expenses and extended downtime ...  Continue Reading...
Project Overview And Passive Component Development: Integrated Disruptive Components For 2µm Fiber Lasers (ISLA) The ISLA project was a research and development project with the goal of developing “building block” components of compatible and self-consistent active and passive fibers, fused fiber couplers and combiners, fiber-coupled isolators, modulators and high power pump laser diodes. This project also intended to develop a CW, a pulsed and a short pulse laser demonstration laser for use in applications testing. This paper delivers an...  Continue Reading...
Developing Mid-IR Fused Fiber Couplers
Developing Mid-IR Fused Fiber Couplers Increasing use of fiber lasers and fused fiber technology for industrial, medical, and sensing applications has led to the development of fused fiber devices in all-fiber system architectures. This article demonstrates Gooch & Housego’s efforts developing single-mode fused couplers in a ZBLAN fiber in the mid-IR range.  Continue Reading...
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LASERS PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) For Beam Splitting Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) For Beam Splitting

Diffractive optical elements (DOEs) from LASER COMPONENTS are designed to be used as multi-spot beam splitters in beam shaping, and beam profile modifications with lasers and high power lasers. Using diffractive elements for beam splitting is advantageous in the instance of needing one element to produce several beams, or when very exact power separation is required. DOEs can also achieve precise positioning to create holes at clearly defined and accurate distances.

M2 Laser Beam Propagation System For Continuous Use Applications M2 Laser Beam Propagation System For Continuous Use Applications

BeamSquared is a high accuracy M2 laser beam propagation system that measures beam quality to optimize performance in continuous use applications, from scientific research to rapid prototyping to fabrication and machining. 

Laser Diode Accessories: LDP-CW Series Laser Diode Accessories: LDP-CW Series

LASER COMPONETS offers a number of different drive electronics for simple operation of all types of high power laser diodes. The LDP-CW series enables operation with a different power level and a pulse width of from CW to 1 μs. The combination of an HP laser diode and driver module is used in medical technology, process engineering and testing technology, material processing, and printing technology.

High Transmission colorPol® S Patterned Polarizers High Transmission colorPol® S Patterned Polarizers

Polarizers are used in a wide range of optical devices to filter or block polarized light for modulating or reducing brightness, analyzing light, polarizing light, and more. The colorPol® S is a nano-particle optical glass sheet polarizer designed with a unique capability to produce patterned polarizers with different spectral characteristics and different directions of polarization. They are capable of achieving high contrast and high transmission for the UV, VIS, NIR, and mid-IR ranges with a wide acceptance angle of ±20°.

5 Axis Micro Drilling Scanhead 5 Axis Micro Drilling Scanhead

The new 5 Axis Micro Drilling Scanhead is designed with high resolution, precision, and accuracy for applications requiring infinitely flexible scan beam pattern delivery. The scanhead features a wide precession angle up to 20° for variable taper and shapes.

Pulsed Laser Diodes At 1550 nm Pulsed Laser Diodes At 1550 nm

LASER COMPONENTS designs and produces PLDs at 1550 nm with high power levels up to 50 W. This wavelength cannot be detected by common night-vision goggles, making the PLDs ideal for military laser rangefinder and friend/foe identification applications.

Ultrafast FemtoFiber Lasers Ultrafast FemtoFiber Lasers

The new FemtoFiber laser systems from TOPTICA are completely fiber based lasers with a master oscillator and amplifier that are integrated with ultrafast laser technologies. These lasers include the FemtroFiber ultra, FemtoFiber pro, FemtoFiber smart series, as well as the FemtoFiber dichro, which are choice solutions for life science, time-domain terahertz spectroscopy, attosecond science, and other material processing applications.

Helios Laser Power Meter For Industrial Automation Helios Laser Power Meter For Industrial Automation

The Helios is a laser power meter designed for the measurement of high-power lasers in industrial processing applications. It measures an array of high-power solid state lasers such as diode, fiber, and YAG lasers with powers ranging from 100 W to 12 kW and energies ranging from 10 J to 10 kJ. 

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LASER NEWS

  • MKS Announces Ophir® LBS-300s, New Beam Splitter Finds Focus Spots With Shorter Working Distances
    MKS Announces Ophir® LBS-300s, New Beam Splitter Finds Focus Spots With Shorter Working Distances

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® LBS-300s, a compact, portable laser beam splitter for handling small beam diameters and a wide range of powers. The LBS-300s measures laser beams with diameters up to 15mm and powers from 10mW to 400W. It is designed with a shorter distance from the input surface to the camera array to accommodate finding focus spots with shorter working distances. This makes the LBS-300s ideal for enclosed workstations, such as micromachining, microwelding, and medical device manufacturing.

  • Apple Awards Finisar $390M From Its Advanced Manufacturing Fund
    Apple Awards Finisar $390M From Its Advanced Manufacturing Fund

    Apple recently announced the latest award from its $1B Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Finisar, a leading manufacturer of optical communications components, will receive $390M as part of Apple’s commitment to support innovation and job creation by American manufacturers.

  • Report: Eurpoe, Asia Overtake U.S. In Highly Intense, Ultrafast Laser Technology

    The U.S. is losing ground in a second laser revolution of highly intense, ultrafast lasers that have broad applications in manufacturing, medicine, and national security, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

  • LeddarTech To Showcase First 3D Solid-State LiDAR IC For Autonomous Driving At CES 2018
    LeddarTech To Showcase First 3D Solid-State LiDAR IC For Autonomous Driving At CES 2018

    At CES 2018—from January 9 to 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada—LeddarTech will be presenting the LeddarCore LCA2, the industry's first 3D solid-state LiDAR (SSL) integrated circuit (IC) enabling mass production of automotive LiDARs, in the Leddar Ecosystem pavilion.

  • IEEE Announces Formation Of IEEE 802.11 Light Communications Study Group

    IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), recently announced the formation of the IEEE 802.11 Light Communications Study Group.

  • U.S. Air Force Aims To Deploy Laser-Armed Fighter Jets By 2021
    U.S. Air Force Aims To Deploy Laser-Armed Fighter Jets By 2021

    The United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), through its Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, has awarded Lockheed Martin a $26.3 million contract to design, develop and produce a high-power fiber laser mounted on a tactical fighter jet by 2021.

  • Princeton, Penn State Researchers Create Diode Laser From Hybrid Perovskite Material
    Princeton, Penn State Researchers Create Diode Laser From Hybrid Perovskite Material

    Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and Princeton University have created a diode laser from hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites – materials that have garnered attention due to their light emitting properties, useful in optoelectronic devices and solar cells.

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LASERS VIDEOS

  • Product Video: Achieving Laser Beam Consistency
    Product Video: Achieving Laser Beam Consistency

    This year at Photonics West, Dan Ford with the Ophir Photonics Group talked to us about the importance of achieving laser consistency.

  • Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications
    Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications

    Jeff Briton and Dragan Grubsic spoke to us about some of the challenges involved in operating pulsed laser diodes and avalanche photodiodes in LIDAR for the automotive and sensor markets.

  • Medical Eye Surgery
    Medical Eye Surgery

    In this video, Jimmy Green, an OEM Specialist, shares how Ophir Photonics assisted a lasik surgery company replace a plastic mode burn pre-test with an accurate laser measurement device.

  • Industrial Welding
    Industrial Welding

    This video describes how laser beam profiling with Ophir Photonics’ BeamGage showed why two different lasers running at the same power output produced different results.

  • Medical Device Quality Control
    Medical Device Quality Control

    In this video, Jimmy Green, an Ophir Photonics OEM Specialist, discusses an OEM solution provided to a customer that allowed for medical laser power development before and after procedures that ensured the proper outcomes.

  • Quality Control 4X Throughput
    Quality Control 4X Throughput

    In this video, Dick Reiley from Ophir Photonics shares how he provided a manufacturer a solution that allowed throughput to increase 4X by reducing the time required for quality inspection. This solution was specifically created for an application measuring laser diodes.

  • Co-alignment Of Visible, NIR, And IR Laser Beams
    Co-alignment Of Visible, NIR, And IR Laser Beams

    Eric Craven with Ophir Photonics provided us with a tutorial at DCS 2016 on how to co-align visible, near-infrared, and infrared laser beams through the use of a pyroelectric camera array coupled with beam profiling software.

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