Article | September 22, 2023

What Are The Limitations Of My Laser Power Meter's Damage Threshold, And How Can I Avoid Exceeding It?

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Even though some laser power meters on the market can withstand tremendous amounts of power, like our HP400A-100kW (that can sustain 100kW of continuous power), you can still damage one if you’re not careful.

To do so, yes you could simply throw at it 150 kW of power, which would exceed the 100 kW it was built to sustain and it would eventually reach breaking point. Assuming that this obvious scenario was not the initial motivation that led you to read this article, we’ll explain the physics behind it and go for less obvious ways to damage your meter.

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