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Ophir Photonics Launch New Pyrocam IV Laser Profiling Camera at Photonics West

Ophir Photonics, global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, today announced the Pyrocam IV at Photonics West.

The Pyrocam IV is the company's latest beam profiling camera. It features a larger, 320 x 320 pixel pyroelectric array that can profile beams up to 25 mm without the need for reduction optics. The new electronics control design includes an interface to GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) cameras for high-speed applications. The Pyrocam IV measures both pulsed and CW (continuous wave) lasers, from 13 to 355 nm and 1.06 to >3000 µm; an integral focal plane chopper is included for CW beams and thermal imaging. The camera is housed in a new, compact case that provides easy access to the array and chopper.

The Pyrocam IV ensures alignment and proper operation of CO2 and telecom NIR lasers, as well as other infrared sources out to the Far IR THz range. A 14-bit A/D converter provides reliable measurement and analysis of both large signals and low level signals in the wings of the laser beam. A signal to noise ratio of 1000:1 means beams of 30 mW/cm2 are easily visible. The patented Ultracal® baseline algorithm allows multiple frames to be summed; summing 256 frames enables viewing of beam as low as 1 to 2 mW/cm2.

"The Pyrocam III and now the Pyrocam IV are unique in the industry," said Gary Wagner, General Manager, Ophir Photonics (U.S.). "These cameras are the only reliable means to 2D images and highly accurate measurement of spatial power distribution into the CO2 wavelength...and beyond."

The Pyrocam IV works with Ophir-Spiricon's BeamGage®, the industry's most advanced laser beam analysis software. It includes all the algorithms and calculations needed to make the accurate, ISO approved laser beam measurements. The software provides 2D and 3D viewing, advanced image processing features, NIST traceable power measurements, and multilingual support for English, Japanese, Chinese, and German.

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