1 February 2010
Ophir-Spiricon has introduced the BeamGage Professional, the latest addition to the company's family of laser beam analysis systems. BeamGage Professional builds on the features included in BeamGage Standard: BeamMaker beam simulator, automatic camera control for ease of use, and comprehensive set of beam analysis algorithms. The Professional version adds such new capabilities as partitioning of the camera output for separate analysis of multiple laser beams from sources such as fibre, a .NET interface for full remote control when integrating beam analysis into an automated application, and camera sharing.
The analysis software supports partitioning of camera output. This enables analysis of individual beams when multiple beams impinge on the camera simultaneously. This is particularly useful when analysing multiple fibres in a single bundle. Individual partitions can be viewed in the 2D display window one at a time or all at once. The 3D display shows all at once.
Applications can now be automated by interfacing through BeamGage Professional's .NET controls for embedded or remote operation. Users can control the software using Active X or National Instruments' LabView controls. Features that can be automated include launch and termination of the application, camera settings, data capture, and image capture. Examples are provided in LabView, Excel, Visual Studio.Net C#, and Visual Studio.NET VB.
The software is based on UltraCal, Ophir-Spiricon's baseline correction algorithm. BeamGage provides high accuracy results, guaranteeing the data baseline (zero reference point) is accurate to 1/10th of a digital count on a pixel-by-pixel basis. BeamGage allows configuration of as many measurements as needed; it includes over 55 separate measurement choices, including many based on ISO standards, such as Centroid X and Y, Ellipticity, Eccentricity, Peak Fluence, and more.
Running on Microsoft Vista or Windows 7, BeamGage Professional operates in 32-bit mode for faster processing. Enhanced 3D graphics improve data rendering. The software supports a selection of cameras with FireWire (1394) and USB interfaces that cover wavelengths from 190 to 3,000nm.