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.

FEATURED ARTICLES

Achieving Standardized Measurements With BeamWatch AM The BeamWatch AM is Ophir-Spiricon’s beam monitoring system designed specifically for use in the additive manufacturing industry to provide non-interfering real-time beam measurement at the location of the working plane. This white paper delivers a comparison of results with those from the NanoScan 2, a widely-accepted scanning-slit technology, and demonstrates that the BeamWatch AM can achieve ISO-compliant measurements when correctly...  Continue Reading...
How Ophir-Spiricon Determines The Dynamic Range Of Laser Measurement Products
How Ophir-Spiricon Determines The Dynamic Range Of Laser Measurement Products This article explains the importance of understanding and stating a dynamic range correctly. This paper also provides insight on how Ophir-Spiricon, a global leader in precision infrared optics and photonics instrumentation, determines its products’ dynamic range properly.  Continue Reading...
Meeting Optical Needs For Drones
Meeting Optical Needs For Drones UAV optics with higher MTF values and lower F# are used more frequently as detectors become larger in size and smaller in pixel size to maximize imaging performance. This article describes the  improvement of lens quality with higher performance levels to ensure that UAVs operate with the highest performance possible.  Continue Reading...
How To Make Laser Welding And Cutting Affordable And Sustainable
How To Make Laser Welding And Cutting Affordable And Sustainable This article discusses the consequences of poor measurements in more detail, and presents a measurement solution that can help make applications like laser welding and cutting affordable and sustainable.  Continue Reading...
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 This article presents the advantages of using lock-in amplifiers for measuring signals below the noise floor, how they work, and available devices from Ophir.  Continue Reading...
Sensor Fusion Enables Comprehensive Analysis Of Laser Processing In Additive Manufacturing
Sensor Fusion Enables Comprehensive Analysis Of Laser Processing In Additive Manufacturing This white paper discusses sensor fusion, a process that merges data from numerous sensors to create a more complete understanding of the laser-enabled process.  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 This application note presents how Ophir Optics’ BeamCheck system is able to measure critical laser beam parameters for laser-based additive manufacturing.  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 This article discusses the process of transforming a 3D CAD model into a mechanical component, as well as how to use a camera based beam profiling system to assist in achieving consistently accurate constructs.  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 In order to get the highest quality heat treatments using lasers, it is important to understand the beam shape, the uniformity of the intensity, and the cleanliness of the delivery optics. This white paper discusses beam diagnostics with the use of Ophir’s BeamGage software used to improve results.  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 This article discusses the technical challenges and solutions encountered in the development of the BeamWatch measuring instrument.  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 app note discusses how to match an appropriate laser beam profiling technique - such as building an aligned optical system, collimation and focusing, high power laser quality measurements, and proper attenuation design - to a laser application.  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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NEWS

  • MKS Announces Ophir® Focal Spot Analyzer For Monitoring Material Processing Laser Performance
    MKS Announces Ophir® Focal Spot Analyzer For Monitoring Material Processing Laser Performance

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® Focal Spot Analyzer, a laser beam monitoring system that measures the focus spot and power of high power lasers in real time. The Focal Spot Analyzer measures focal spot size down to 35µm and laser power from <1 to 400 watts for wavelengths from 266 – 1100nm. Designed for laser applications with shorter working distances, the system monitors power density distribution of the focal spot and shifts in the focal plane location, and provides a well understood location of the laser caustic.

  • MKS Announces Ophir® LBS-300s, New Beam Splitter Finds Focus Spots With Shorter Working Distances
    MKS Announces Ophir® LBS-300s, New Beam Splitter Finds Focus Spots With Shorter Working Distances

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® LBS-300s, a compact, portable laser beam splitter for handling small beam diameters and a wide range of powers. The LBS-300s measures laser beams with diameters up to 15mm and powers from 10mW to 400W. It is designed with a shorter distance from the input surface to the camera array to accommodate finding focus spots with shorter working distances. This makes the LBS-300s ideal for enclosed workstations, such as micromachining, microwelding, and medical device manufacturing.

  • MKS Announces Ophir® BeamWatch AM, Non-Contact Laser Beam Monitoring System For Additive Manufacturing
    MKS Announces Ophir® BeamWatch AM, Non-Contact Laser Beam Monitoring System For Additive Manufacturing

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® BeamWatch® AM, the industry's first non-contact laser beam monitoring system for additive manufacturing. BeamWatch AM is a lightweight, compact system designed for real-time measurement of focal shift during laser startup of powder bed fusion manufacturing processes. It measures key beam size, position, and quality parameters, including focus spot size and beam caustic. These measurements allow users to more easily determine when the beam is aligned and in focus, providing more consistent metallurgy. Measurements can be displayed as tabular, 2D, and 3D views, providing a quick and realistic display of laser characteristics.  

  • MKS Announces Ophir® FGC100, NIST Traceable LED Calibration Standard
    MKS Announces Ophir® FGC100, NIST Traceable LED Calibration Standard

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announces the Ophir® FGC100, a NIST-traceable LED calibration standard designed to calibrate the Ophir® FluxGage™ system. FluxGage is a compact, all-in-one LED luminaire measurement system that measures flux, color, and flicker, important quantities for evaluating the performance of LED-based products. FluxGage is used instead of large, cumbersome integrating spheres during development and production, and for incoming inspection and quality control of new and replacement parts, allowing LED luminaires and modules to be sorted for consistency.

  • MKS Announces Ophir® BeamSquared™ 2.0, Laser Beam Propagation System for Continuous Use Applications
    MKS Announces Ophir® BeamSquared™ 2.0, Laser Beam Propagation System for Continuous Use Applications

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announces Ophir® BeamSquared™ 2.0, the newest version of the company's M2 laser beam propagation system designed to help users optimize laser performance. A robust, portable device, BeamSquared automatically measures the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed lasers quickly, in less than one minute.

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  • Ophir® Focal Spot Analyzer For Monitoring Material Processing Laser Performance
    Ophir® Focal Spot Analyzer For Monitoring Material Processing Laser Performance

    The new Ophir® Focal Spot Analyzer is a laser beam monitoring system designed to measure the focus spot and power of high power lasers in real time. Capable of measurement of focal sizes down to 35 µm and laser power from less than 1 to 400 Watts for wavelengths from 266 – 1100 nm, these analyzers are ideal for laser applications with shorter working distances.

  • Laser Measurement System For Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing: BeamWatch® AM
    Laser Measurement System For Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing: BeamWatch® AM

    The BeamWatch® AM from Ophir® is an integrated laser measurement system created for measuring critical laser beam parameters for laser-based additive manufacturing systems. Simultaneous, real-time measurements are performed at video rates and are available for multiple profiles along the beam caustic in the camera field-of-view (FOV). These measurements include waist (focus spot) width and location, focal shift, centroid, M2 or K, divergence, beam parameter product, Rayleigh length, absolute power, and tilt angle measurements.

  • Portable Laser Beam Splitter For Small Beam Diameters: Ophir® LBS-300s
    Portable Laser Beam Splitter For Small Beam Diameters: Ophir® LBS-300s

    The new Ophir® LBS-300s from the Ophir brand is a compact, portable laser beam splitter ideally suited for handling small beam diameters (up to 15 mm) over a wide range of powers (10 mW to 400 W). The instrument is designed with a shorter distance from the input surface to the camera array to accommodate finding focus spots with shorter working distances. Ideal applications include micromachining, microwelding, and medical device manufacturing.

  • 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.

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  • How To Choose The Right Laser Beam Profiler
    How To Choose The Right Laser Beam Profiler

    On day two of Photonics West, Christian Dini with Ophir Photonics talked to us about selection criteria for choosing the right laser beam profiler. Watch the video to learn more about what to consider when selecting a beam profiling system for your application.

  • Product Video: Non-Contact Laser Beam Profiling System For Additive Manufacturing
    Product Video: Non-Contact Laser Beam Profiling System For Additive Manufacturing

    Christian Dini of Ophir Photonics took time at Photonics West to discuss Ophir Photonic’s non-contact BeamWatch beam profiling system, ideal for searching for focal position, focal shift, and focal size within additive manufacturing applications.

  • Medical Eye Surgery
    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.

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