BeamWatch® Non-contact beam profiler for multi-KW lasers
- Instantly measure focus spot size
- Dynamically measure focal plane location during start-up
- From 1kW and up – no upper limit (So far we have measured up to 100kW)
- Non-contact, laser beam is completely pass-through
- Automation Control Interface for System Integration
- GigE camera interface for local network installation
DescriptionBeamWatch utilizes disruptive technology to measure laser beam characteristics of very high power lasers. By not intercepting the beam and yet providing instantaneous measurements, you can now monitor the beam at frequent intervals without having to shut down the process or remove tooling and fixtures to get access. In addition, you can now measure focal spot location at several times per second and know if there is any focal spot shift during those critical start-up moments.
BeamWatch is the first device to measure a laser without coming in contact with its beam which allows it to be the first laser quality measurement product in history to have no upper limit on the lasers which it can measure. BeamWatch provides high-power industrial laser users with data never before seen such as the dynamic measurement of focus shift caused by thermal effects on the laser system.
BeamWatch also provides the industrial laser user with measurement of other key laser operating parameters in real-time.
The system measures the signal generated from Rayleigh scattering around the laser’s beam waist, where the power density is the highest. Rayleigh scattering is a physical property of light caused by light scattering off of air molecules. Unlike traditional beam measurement systems, the beam passes directly through BeamWatch and is not disrupted, mechanically or optically.
In addition, BeamWatch has no moving parts so there is no need for cooling of any components. Specialized system software dynamically measures the signal multiple times per second, allowing the laser user to key in on critical operational laser attributes, such as beam waist size and position with respect to the material being processed.