Download | December 20, 2014

3 Common Ways Lasers Can Damage Instruments

Source: Ophir Photonics

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Measuring laser power typically involves placing some type of sensor directly in harm’s way. While some sensors are designed to handle this very thing, average power, power density, or energy density being too high can seriously damage them without the operator knowing until it’s too late. This tutorial outlines the parameters one should consider before placing a sensor in a laser beam’s path in order to avoid damage. A link to a sensor finding application can be found within the tutorial as well to help you determine which of Ophir’s laser power meters would be ideal to measure the high power laser(s) you work with.