ABOUT US

BRISTOL INSTRUMENTS, INC., located near Rochester, NY, was founded in 2005 by three technical and marketing leaders of the now-defunct Burleigh Instruments. Together, this group has over 75 years of combined experience in the design, manufacture, and marketing of lasers and precision test instruments used in basic and applied research, engineering, and production test applications.

The company currently focuses on the scientific, fiber communications, and optical metrology markets. The scientific market consists of researchers at universities, government laboratories, and industry who are involved in fields such as chemistry, physics, and optics. The fiber communications market consists of R&D and manufacturing engineers who need to accurately test WDM components and transmission systems with respect to absolute wavelength. And, the optical metrology market consists of manufacturers that need to precisely measure critical physical dimensions of materials such as plastic films, medical membranes, glass tubing, and ophthalmic products.

The primary technology utilized by Bristol Instruments is optical interferometry. Detailed analysis of interference phenomena, a consequence of the wave properties of light, can result in a variety of precise measurements. In particular, Michelson and Fizeau interferometer-based technologies are employed to develop instruments that provide the reliable accuracy for which Bristol Instruments has become known.

SPECTRAL CHARACTERIZATION

Fastest Wavelength Meter For Pulsed Lasers:  871 Series Fastest Wavelength Meter For Pulsed Lasers: 871 Series

The 871 Series Laser Wavelength Meter from Bristol Instruments is designed to measure the absolute wavelength of pulsed and CW lasers. The wavelength meter provides the fastest measurement rates up to 1 kHz, which enables the wavelength characterization of individual laser pulses. The resulting time resolution of 1 ms is capable of providing the most detailed wavelength analysis of tunable lasers.

High-Resolution Laser Spectrum Analyzer: 771 Series High-Resolution Laser Spectrum Analyzer: 771 Series

Bristol Instruments’ model 771 is a high-resolution laser spectrum analyzer that measures the spectral characteristics of CW and high-repetition rate pulsed lasers that operate from 375 nm to 12 μm. Laser wavelength is measured to +/- 0.0001 nm and spectral resolution is as high as 2 GHz.

High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter

The 671 Series Laser Wavelength Meter is the best way to measure the absolute wavelength of CW lasers that operate from the visible to the mid-IR. This system provides real-time laser wavelength information with an accuracy as high as ± 0.0001 nm. Continuous calibration with a built-in wavelength standard ensures the reliable accuracy that is needed to generate the most meaningful experimental results.

Low-Cost Laser Wavelength Meter Low-Cost Laser Wavelength Meter

Absolute laser wavelength information is critical for a variety of applications, but it is not always necessary to know it to the highest accuracy available. Therefore, Bristol Instruments offers the 521 Series Laser Wavelength Meter, coupling accurate wavelength measurement and affordability in a compact system.

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WDM WAVELENGTH TESTING

828B High-Speed Optical Wavelength Meter 828B High-Speed Optical Wavelength Meter

The 828B Optical Wavelength Meter is designed to measure the absolute wavelength of WDM lasers with an accuracy of ± 1 pm. With a measurement rate as high as 1 kHz, WDM components can be more efficiently tested. Time resolution as short as 1 ms results in a more detailed wavelength characterization of components.

DWDM Multi-Wavelength Meter (428 Series) DWDM Multi-Wavelength Meter (428 Series)

Bristol Instruments offers a family of multi-wavelength meters for testing DWDM signals. The 428 Series Multi-Wavelength Meter measures the wavelength of as many as 250 optical channels to the highest accuracy available. In addition, the model 428 simultaneously measures power and OSNR to fully characterize DWDM components and transmission systems. With features such as straightforward operation and rugged design, the 428 system satisfies the needs of both the research scientist and the manufacturing engineer.

DWDM Optical Wavelength Meter (228, 328 Series) DWDM Optical Wavelength Meter (228, 328 Series)

Bristol Instruments offers a family of optical wavelength meters specifically designed for DWDM testing applications. The 228 Series and the 328 Series Optical Wavelength Meters combine high accuracy and exceptional reliability to achieve the most meaningful test results. With features such as straightforward operation and rugged design, the 228 and 328 systems satisfy the needs of both the research scientist and the manufacturing engineer

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NON-CONTACT THICKNESS MEASUREMENT

Optical Thickness Gauge: 157 Series Optical Thickness Gauge: 157 Series

The Model 157 optical thickness gauge uses proven optical interferometer technology to measure the absolute thickness of specialty plastic films, medical membranes, and ophthalmic products.

137 Series Optical Thickness Gauge 137 Series Optical Thickness Gauge

The 137 Series Optical Thickness Gauge from Bristol Instruments is a non-contact instrument designed to accurately and reliably measure the absolute thickness of a variety of transparent, translucent, and some visually opaque materials. The thickness gauge utilizes interferometer-based wavelength meter technology, and includes a super-luminescent LED (SLED), an interferometer assembly, and a digital processor, all housed within a single chassis. The system also comes with an optical probe, a fiber-optic patch cord, and Bristol’s Opti-Cal­ software.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Bristol Instruments, Inc.

50 Victor Heights Parkway

Victor, NY 14564-8909

UNITED STATES

Phone: (585) 924-2620

Fax: (585) 924-2623

Contact: info@bristol-inst.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

OFC

March 22-24, 2016
Booth # 1453
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA 

CLEO

June 7-9, 2016
Booth # 2119
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA

International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

June 20-24, 2016
University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana, IL

Frontiers in Optics | Laser Science

October 19-20, 2016
Booth #202
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Rochester,NY

NEWS

  • Bristol Instruments Introduces The Fastest Multi-Wavelength Meter Available
    Bristol Instruments Introduces The Fastest Multi-Wavelength Meter Available

    Bristol Instruments, Inc. recently announced the introduction of its new 438 Series Multi-Wavelength Meter. This product measures the wavelength, power, and OSNR of as many as 1000 discrete optical signals. With key features such as high accuracy, fast measurement rate, straightforward operation, and rugged design, the model 438 provides the most precise, reliable, and efficient WDM wavelength testing available to meet the needs of the most demanding applications.

  • Bristol Instruments Expands Capabilities Of Its 871 Series Pulsed Laser Wavelength Meter
    Bristol Instruments Expands Capabilities Of Its 871 Series Pulsed Laser Wavelength Meter

    Bristol Instruments, Inc. has recently announced several improvements to its 871 Series Pulsed Laser Wavelength Meter. The model 871, which excels with an unsurpassed measurement rate of 1 kHz, now has a wavelength accuracy as high as ± 0.75 parts per million (± 225 MHz at 1000 nm). In addition, an integrated proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller benefits researchers who need active regulation of their laser’s frequency.

  • Bristol Instruments Signs New UK Distributor

    Bristol Instruments, Inc. recently announced an agreement with Photonics Solutions, a new distributor in the United Kingdom. Photonics Solutions is a leading independent UK supplier of optoelectronic products, and exclusively represent a limited number of cutting edge manufacturers, providing their customers with the highest quality products to meet both research and industrial applications.

  • Bristol Instruments Hires Marketing Communications Manager
    Bristol Instruments Hires Marketing Communications Manager

    Bristol Instruments, Inc. has recently hired Ms. Kristina Schanz to join its Sales and Marketing team. She will serve in the new position of Marketing Communications Manager.

  • Bristol Instruments Hires European Sales Manager
    Bristol Instruments Hires European Sales Manager

    Bristol Instruments, Inc. recently announced the addition of Mr. Scott Sandruck to its Sales & Marketing team. He will serve in the new position of European Sales Manager.

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FEATURED DOWNLOADS

  • Fastest Multi-Wavelength Meter: 438 Series Datasheet

    The 438 Series Multi-Wavelength Meter is designed to take the fastest wavelength, power, and OSNR measurements (at 10 Hz) for the analysis of as many as 1000 discrete optical signals. With combined Michelson interferometer-based technology and fast Fourier transform analysis, the meter measures wavelength to an accuracy as high as ± 0.3 pm, power to an accuracy of ± 0.5 dB, and OSNR is automatically calculated to greater than 40 dB.

  • Fiber-Optic Switch: FOS Series Datasheet

    The FOS Series Fiber-Optic Switch is a convenient way to connect up to eight lasers to a single fiber-coupled instrument. This switch is a self-contained micro-electromechanical (MEMS) switch that operates from 400 to 1700 nm.

  • Fastest Wavelength Meter For Pulsed Lasers: 871 Series Datasheet

    The new 871 Series Laser Wavelength Meter is designed to measure the absolute wavelength of pulsed and CW lasers. Available for operation from 375 to 1700 nm, the meter utilizes a unique Fizeau etalon design that guarantees a measurement accuracy of ± 1 ppm (± 300 MHz at 1000 nm).

  • High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter Datasheet

    This datasheet contains information on features, specifications, areas of application, and more for Bristol Instruments' 671 Series High Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter.

  • Fast Wavelength Meter Precisely Maps Laser’s Tuning Behavior

    The 828B High-Speed Optical Wavelength Meter from Bristol Instruments is designed to provide accurate wavelength information at an unprecedented rate of 1 kHz. It revolutionizes WDM wavelength testing applications by reducing test times from hours to minutes. The 828B also features time resolution of 1 millisecond, providing the most detailed wavelength characterization of tunable WDM lasers. This application note presents a demonstration of the 828B’s capabilities when used to measure the absolute wavelength of an external cavity diode laser as it was tuned.

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