MKS Instruments has announced Ophir BeamSquared 2.0, the newest version of the company's M2 laser beam propagation system designed to help users optimise laser performance. A robust, portable device, BeamSquared automatically measures the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed lasers quickly, in less than one minute. It can optionally measure wavelengths above 1.8µm, including CO2 and terahertz, in manual mode.
The new version adds expanded 3D display and reporting options, an Automation interface via .NET components, and customisable measurement options. Ophir BeamSquared 2.0 - Laser Beam Propagation SystemBeamSquared is designed for continuous use applications, from scientific research to rapid prototyping to fabrication and machining.
The system includes the BeamSquared M2 software and an optical train. The software measures beam propagation characteristics on both the X and Y axes, including waist diameters, full angle divergences, waist locations, Rayleigh lengths, M2 or K and BPP factors, astigmatism, and asymmetry. The system displays 2D or 3D beam profiles for visual verification of beam behavior through focus.
The BeamSquared 2.0 system can be mounted horizontally or vertically to optimise bench space. New 3D functions include a 3D slice display and the ability to add 3D displays to reports. Reports can also incorporate a new beam caustic chart, in addition to setup information, laser measurements, and a variety of statistics.
A new Automation interface via .Net components allows users to build custom applications the incorporate the laser beam analysis and processing power of BeamSquared.
BeamSquared is a camera-based system. Users add their choice of camera best suited for their application:
The automatic BeamSquared 2.0 M2 Beam Propagation system is available now. Cameras and manual M2 software are priced separately. OEM prices available on request.