ABOUT OPHIR PHOTONICS GROUP

Ophir Photonics, a Newport Corporation, began making laser power meters, energy meters, and beam profilers in 1979, and we’ve never looked back. We have headquarters in the United States, Israel, Japan, and Germany, as well as distributors in over 50 countries worldwide.

We pride ourselves on two things:
precise laser measurement equipment and versatile solutions.

Precision
If you want to get the most out of your laser – most power, most efficiency, most safety – you need to measure it. And the more accurate your measurement, the closer you can come to perfection in your laser.

Versatility
In the last 35 years, we’ve seen so many new types of lasers and laser applications that it would be pointless to list them here. You know them as well as we do. We take great pride (and enjoyment) in keeping up with laser development. That’s why you’ll find such a wide variety of laser measurement equipment offered here as well as a variety of accessories to make sure your laser can be measured regardless of its wavelength, power, or size.

Innovation
We produce a complete line of instrumentation including power and energy meters, beam profilers, spectrum analyzers, and goniometric radiometers. Dedicated to continuous innovation in laser measurement, our patents include the R&D 100 award-winning BeamTrack power/position/size meters; BeamWatch®, the industry’s first non-contact, focus spot size and position monitor for lasers in material processing; and Spiricon’s Ultracal™, the baseline correction algorithm that helped establish the ISO 11146-3 standard for beam measurement accuracy. The Photon family of products includes NanoScan scanning-slit technology, which is capable of measuring beam size and position to sub-micron resolution.

We’re ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited for calibration of laser measurement instruments.

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Laser Beam Diagnostics In GHz Applications
Laser Beam Diagnostics In GHz Applications It usually is insufficient to rely on one standard measurement technology when working with applications in exotic optical wavelengths and unusually low average powers. This white paper goes through an example of calculating many laser beam diagnostics within high GHz applications.  Continue Reading...
What To Expect In A Laser Profiling Demonstration
What To Expect In A Laser Profiling Demonstration When asking someone for a laser beam profiling demonstration, it is important to understand what you are asking for and what you should expect. This white paper covers the steps needed to take to set up a demonstration, and what is expected of each party.  Continue Reading...
Working In The Basement: Measuring Signals Below The Noise Floor With A Lock-In Amplifier
Working In The Basement: Measuring Signals Below The Noise Floor With A Lock-In Amplifier The measurement of optical signals in the femtowatt to nanowatt range can be extremely difficult as signal levels this low are typically lost in detector noise levels and swamped by background light. Photodiode detectors that operate within small bandwidths have a noise floor of only 1 picowatt. Any attempt to narrow the bandwidth by filtering or averaging will only provide a small additional reduction. In order to significantly improve the...  Continue Reading...
Sensor Fusion Enables Comprehensive Analysis Of Laser Processing In Additive Manufacturing
Sensor Fusion Enables Comprehensive Analysis Of Laser Processing In Additive Manufacturing New types of additive manufacturing (AM) laser processes must have a consistent energy supply that is also symmetrical, uniform, stable. In many cases, these processes also require a beam spot size and intensity that is maintained within a finite acceptance window when delivered to the material that is to be transformed. The question is then how to measure and analyze the beam in order be sure that it meets the application requirements. This...  Continue Reading...
Testing High-Volume LED Luminaire Builds
Testing High-Volume LED Luminaire Builds The lower operating costs of LED luminaires drive growing demand for them in consumer and commercial markets. This increased demand requires an adaptation to improved quality testing methods that can provide superior measurements and not slow down the process of production.   Continue Reading...
Assuring Correct Metallurgy In Direct Laser Melting
Assuring Correct Metallurgy In Direct Laser Melting High quality 3D laser printed processes require a laser that delivers the correct amount of power that is distributed correctly and focused at the correct location. To ensure consistent and structurally sound parts and correct metallurgy, the right parameters should be directly measured before and after any critical part is made in direct laser sintering. This application note presents how Ophir Optics’ BeamCheck system is able to measure...  Continue Reading...
Laser Engraving Resolution Chart
Laser Engraving Resolution Chart This article reports the measurement results acquired when a metal sheet was scanned with a resolution chart engraved on its surface.  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...
Utilizing A New Autofocus Technique For Laser Systems With Optimet's Non-Contact Distance Sensors
Utilizing A New Autofocus Technique For Laser Systems With Optimet's Non-Contact Distance Sensors Many of today’s conventional marking, welding, drilling, and cutting laser systems have the challenge of focusing the laser accurately on the object’s surface. As the demand for faster and more precise manufacturing processes increase, the need to control the focal point of a laser becomes much more critical. This application note discusses a new laser measurement method that integrates Optimet sensors into laser systems, offering...  Continue Reading...
Materials Processing: When Laser Measurements Absolutely, Positively Must Be Made
Materials Processing: When Laser Measurements Absolutely, Positively Must Be Made In order to improve laser-based processes, a variety of parameters must be measured to understand how design changes effect performance, and how to help avoid component degradation. The challenge occurs when figuring the proper frequency of measurements throughout the life of the laser, choosing which measurements should be tracked, and what should be done with the collected data. There are five times within a laser system’s lifetime where ...  Continue Reading...
Measuring Small-Beam MFD: Overcoming the Challenges
Measuring Small-Beam MFD: Overcoming the Challenges Accurate beam size measurements for beam sizes under 10 μm are critical for many applications such as fiber optic coupling efficiency, defect scanning, optical design, and optical fabrication process control. The challenges for such a measurement include the use of focal plane arrays that are too large to reasonably profile without magnification, the high mechanical precision of the beam profiling apparatus, and the beams’ high...  Continue Reading...
Additive Manufacturing And 3D CAD
Additive Manufacturing And 3D CAD The use of additive manufacturing and 3D CAD has modernized the way manufacturers design and build mechanical components. Additionally, direct metal laser melting (DMLM) and selective laser sintering (SLS or metal 3D printing) are quickly becoming the standard for customizable constructs that are system critical and are hard-to-fabricate. This article discusses the process of transforming a 3D CAD model into a mechanical component, as well as...  Continue Reading...
Select The Right Laser Power Sensor By Asking The Right Questions
Select The Right Laser Power Sensor By Asking The Right Questions When a sensor turns out to be an incorrect choice, the system could procure inaccurate measurements, premature failure, and costly full disc replacement and recalibration. This article presents three critical questions to ask before selecting a laser power sensor for a specific application.  Continue Reading...
Reimaging UV Laser Beam Profiling Ophir-Spiricon offers three families of UV converter products designed for the indirect measurements of UV laser beam profiles. This application notes compares and contrasts each family, and covers their basic specifications and applications.  Continue Reading...
University Research Team Faces Challenges Of Measuring Multiple Lasers There are often times where several laser sources must be tested, validated, or qualified for a particular project. Unfortunately, by the time scientists realize that these measurements need to be made, the laser systems are typically already in place, the experiments are ready to be conducted, and any delays could be counterproductive. Therefore, laser measurement equipment needs to be cost effective, commercially available, easy to use, quick...  Continue Reading...
Minimizing Corrosion In Water Cooled Sensors
Minimizing Corrosion In Water Cooled Sensors This article presents recommendations on minimizing corrosion that occurs in water cooled sensors.  Continue Reading...
Beam Diagnostics Improve Laser Heat Treatment Effectiveness
Beam Diagnostics Improve Laser Heat Treatment Effectiveness There are many different approaches to heat treating metals, many of which utilize a large furnace where an entire object is immersed in the heating process. To avoid the common problems of wasted energy and heating the entire instrument when only a portion needs to be treated, lasers have been used as an alternative approach to heat treatments. In order to get the highest quality heat treatments using lasers, it is important to understand the...  Continue Reading...
High Power Industrial Laser Applications: New Solutions To Old Problems
High Power Industrial Laser Applications: New Solutions To Old Problems The advanced scalability, high beam quality, and wall-plug efficiency of fiber lasers in particular have made high-power lasers a common tool for commercial use. This paper discusses the concepts of proper monitoring and correctly defined laser parameters in industrial laser applications.  Continue Reading...
Solving A Difficult Military Beam Alignment Task
Solving A Difficult Military Beam Alignment Task Laser systems used in the periscope of a nuclear-powered submarine providing on-board instrumentation that offers accurate pitch, yaw, and roll data. As a result of the critical nature of this information, the burden is placed on the quality of the laser beam, its size, its shape, and its intensity.   Continue Reading...
Development Of A Non-Contact Diagnostic Tool For High Power Lasers
Development Of A Non-Contact Diagnostic Tool For High Power Lasers As the high power laser market continues to grow, demands for effective high power laser measurement tools have also increased. In response to the various needs of each segment of the high power laser market, Ophir has developed the BeamWatch tool that covers as many of these requirements as possible. Since high power lasers in excess of 1 kW generate enough Raleigh scatter to be detected by silicon based sensor arrays, a lens and camera system...  Continue Reading...
Measuring Pulsed Lasers With NanoScan 2s
Measuring Pulsed Lasers With NanoScan 2s The NanoScan 2s is a scanning slit, sensor-based, beam profiling system designed to profile pulsed laser beams with repetition rates in the 10 kHz range and above, and incorporate a “peak connect” algorithm to enable pulsed laser measurements. This application note discusses how the NanoScan 2s uses two modes of pulse operation for accurate beam profiling.  Continue Reading...
A Discussion Of Laser Beam Profiling And The Subject Of Accuracy
A Discussion Of Laser Beam Profiling And The Subject Of Accuracy There is no calibration standard from which a camera system can be verified based on beam profiling measurement accuracy. The next best thing is to enhance the input (camera), and output (software algorithms) of the imaging system for improved precision and repeatable results. This application note discusses how to achieve beam profiling measurement accuracy without the use of a standard calibration method.  Continue Reading...
5 Situations Where Laser Performance Measurement Is Necessary
5 Situations Where Laser Performance Measurement Is Necessary Laser performance measurements can be accomplished through a number of techniques and can give laser users more relevant, time-based data that portrays trends in laser operation rather than single data points.   Continue Reading...
Laser Ablation Makes Automotive Interiors Shine
Laser Ablation Makes Automotive Interiors Shine This application note describes how JUNO, the F150A-BB-26 thermopile laser power sensor, and StarLab measurement software are used to know the status of automotive etching equipment in order to keep the power beam stable.  Continue Reading...
High Power Lasers In Medical Applications
High Power Lasers In Medical Applications The full list of medical procedures involving lasers is growing every day and, when discussing the development and production of medical devices, the importance of high power industrial lasers cannot be overlooked.   Continue Reading...
LIDAR Guns, Accuracy, And Speeding Tickets
LIDAR Guns, Accuracy, And Speeding Tickets A Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system uses a 130 μW 904 nm beam produced by three light emitting diodes (LEDs), and a telescope working together in order to calculate how long it takes for the beam to leave the device and return to the telescope.   Continue Reading...
Tutorial: Modifying Laser Beams – No Way Around It, So Here’s How
Tutorial: Modifying Laser Beams – No Way Around It, So Here’s How This application note discusses how to match an appropriate laser beam profiling technique, such as building and aligned optical system, collimation and focusing, high power laser quality measurements, and proper attenuation design to a laser application in order to help make the process of building a laser system much more efficient and accurate.  Continue Reading...
System Integration Of Fiber Lasers And Its Effects On Laser Quality
System Integration Of Fiber Lasers And Its Effects On Laser Quality Recently, companies that perform system integrations have become more concerned about the quality of the laser delivered to the process and not just the quality of the laser source itself. Some companies are now starting to use beam profiling for much more than simply qualifying the laser source. They also leverage the technology to qualify the components that are integrated into their systems and to characterize the application of the laser.  Continue Reading...
Modifying Laser Beams 101 – No Way Around It, So Here's How
Modifying Laser Beams 101 – No Way Around It, So Here's How In this article we will discuss how to match an appropriate laser beam profiling technique to a laser application. The discuussion includes building an aligned optical system, collimation and focusing, high power laser quality measurements, and proper attenuation techniques.  Continue Reading...
Tutorial: The Importance Of CO2 Laser Optimization
Tutorial: The Importance Of CO2 Laser Optimization The New Year is a time to look back on the past year and contemplate on how to do things better. It’s a time to make New Year’s resolutions in an effort to be a better person. One of the most common and popular New Year’s resolutions is the renewed commitment to losing weight.  As many of us are all too familiar with, that means eating better and getting involved in a regular exercise routine. One of the advantages of...  Continue Reading...
Understanding Beam Profiling Dynamic Range
Understanding Beam Profiling Dynamic Range It all started when a slow-witted engineer was teased one too many times. Tired of being the butt of all his colleagues’ jokes, he plotted revenge. By Ephraim Shafner, Ophir Photonics  Continue Reading...
Tutorial: The Difficulties Of Beam Profiling 193nm DUV
Tutorial: The Difficulties Of Beam Profiling 193nm DUV A research organization was developing a critical procedure that required a pulsed DUV laser beam at 193nm. By Dick Rieley, Mid-Altantic Regional Sales Manager, Ophir Photonics Group  Continue Reading...
M<sup>2</sup> Beam Propagation – Why So Many Different Approaches To Measurement Instrumentation?
M2 Beam Propagation – Why So Many Different Approaches To Measurement Instrumentation? Measuring the propagation parameters of a laser beam is an important method of understanding the quality of the laser beam and predicting its performance for various laser applications. By Allen Cary, Director of Marketing, Ophir-Spiricon  Continue Reading...
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North Logan, UT 84341

UNITED STATES

Phone: 435-753-3729

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Contact: Kenneth Ferree

NEWS

  • MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces Large Array Laser Beam Profiling Camera With Quick And Easy USB Interfacing
    MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces Large Array Laser Beam Profiling Camera With Quick And Easy USB Interfacing

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® Pyrocam™ IV USB, a laser beam profiling camera that allows users to see their laser beam for dynamic alignment and proper operation. The camera features a 320 x 320 pixel pyroelectric array that can profile beams up to 1 inch (25 mm) without the need for reduction optics. It also includes a new USB 3.0 interface that provides a quick and easy connection to PCs for beam analysis, 2D and 3D beam display, as well as trending, data logging, and storage.

  • MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces Compact Laser Power Sensor For Very High Powers To 15K-W
    MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces Compact Laser Power Sensor For Very High Powers To 15K-W

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the 15K-W-BB-45 from Ophir®, a compact, fan-cooled, thermal laser power measurement sensor that handles very high powers up to 15,000W.

  • MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces BeamCheck™, Beam Profiling System For Additive Manufacturing
    MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces BeamCheck™, Beam Profiling System For Additive Manufacturing

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced BeamCheck™ from Ophir®, a new beam profiling system that ensures accurate laser performance in additive manufacturing applications, like selective laser sintering (SLS) and selective laser melting (SLM).

  • Ophir Expands Series Of Precisely Calibrated Integrating Spheres For Divergent Beams
    Ophir Expands Series Of Precisely Calibrated Integrating Spheres For Divergent Beams

    MKS Instruments, Inc. recently announced new additions to the Ophir® Integrating Sphere series of products. Designed for measuring divergent and collimated light sources, such as laser diodes and LEDs, the Ophir Integrating Spheres are integrating sphere and photodiode sensor systems for measuring the optical power of divergent, narrowband light sources. The series includes three precisely calibrated spheres that measure powers from 20nW to as high as 30W.

  • MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces High Accuracy M2 Laser Beam Propagation System For Continuous Use Applications
    MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces High Accuracy M2 Laser Beam Propagation System For Continuous Use Applications

    MKS Instruments, Inc. recently announced the BeamSquared™, a new M2 laser beam propagation system from Ophir® that measures the quality of the beam to optimize performance. BeamSquared is a compact, portable device that provides automated measurements of the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed lasers in under one minute. It is durable and operationally robust, ensuring reliable, high accuracy measurements of lasers. Users can run the system in automated mode from UV to NIR, and telecom wavelengths, and in manual mode for terahertz and CO2 laser beams.

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  • Very High Power Water-Cooled Thermal Sensor: 15K-W-BB-45
    Very High Power Water-Cooled Thermal Sensor: 15K-W-BB-45

    Ophir Photonics’ new 15K-W-BB-45 is a high damage threshold sensor designed to measure continuous laser power from 100 W to 15,000 W over the spectral range from 0.8 to 2 µm and 10.6 µm. This compact, water-cooled, thermal laser power measurement sensor features a deflecting cone and annular absorber that tolerates high power densities up to 10 kW/cm2.

  • BeamCheck™ Beam Profiling System For Additive Manufacturing
    BeamCheck™ Beam Profiling System For Additive Manufacturing

    The Ophir Photonics BeamCheck™ beam profiling system is designed specifically for measuring critical laser beam parameters in laser-based additive manufacturing systems. A CCD camera is used for spatial measurements, and an NIST-traceable power sensor is utilized to provide a complete analysis of laser power density profiles.

  • 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. 

  • Compact, All-In-One LED Luminaire Measurement System: FluxGage
    Compact, All-In-One LED Luminaire Measurement System: FluxGage

    The FluxGage is Ophir’s new compact measuring system for LED Luminaires that measures their total flux, color (CCT, CRI, Duv, chromaticity), and flicker. The system measures the total flux using solar panels instead of an integrating sphere, delivering the same functionality in one third of the size. The gauge is capable of measuring any luminaire that fits into its opening.

  • Customized OEM Solutions
    Customized OEM Solutions

    Many laser systems manufacturers need to have a measuring capability built into their systems. Ophir Photonics offers customized Thermal and Photodiode OEM solutions of laser power/energy measurement instrumentations which can be built into host systems in many markets including medical and industrial.

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    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.

  • Laser Measurement Best Practices: Thermal Offset Due To Sensor Heating
    Laser Measurement Best Practices: Thermal Offset Due To Sensor Heating

    Thermal sensors are designed to measure the power of lasers according to their heat measurements. In some cases, the sensor may be heated due to environmental causes and result in an incorrect laser power measurement. This video provides a set of best practices to assume in order to get the most accurate thermal sensor readings every time.

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