By Mark S. Szorik, Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager, Ophir Photonics
As laser science and photonics have progressed throughout the years, so have the means for improved digital laser profiling techniques and measurement. 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 key considerations and basic steps required to identify and use a camera profiling system (arrayed camera, attenuator, and beam dump) for laser management. Download the full article for more information on how this method can be used to effectively obtain high-precision, quantitative, and qualitative data, which when properly used can assist a laser operator in characterizing and optimizing their laser system with precision, accuracy, reproducibility, and safety.