White Papers

Miniature Spectrometers for Narrowband Laser Characterization

By Ocean Optics
9 February 2015

White Paper Lead ImageWhether measuring center wavelength, spectral shape or power, compact spectrometers are a convenient, low-cost tool for the characterization and monitoring of many types of laser sources. This whitepaper explores in full the benefits of miniature spectrometers.

High LIDT optical components for ultrafast applications - what are the specific points

By Manx Precision Optics Ltd.,
30 January 2015

White Paper Lead ImageUltrafast lasers have seen much development and are now used in a wide range of applications ranging from extremely high power experiments to medical and engineering applications. With the increase in the use of these lasers the demand for suitable optical components and the required specifications has increased.

Spirit Sampling for Counterfeit Detection and Brand Authentication

By Nick Barnett. Ph.D
7 November 2014

White Paper Lead ImageIncidents of whisky and spirits counterfeiting pose serious health risks to citizens and potential revenue loss to brand owners. The Ocean Optics Spirit Sampler can help to combat increased sales of illicit spirits by providing a means of counterfeit detection and brand authentication in the field. The success of such a screening device depends on the reproducibility of measurements from sample to sample and from device to device. This application note describes measurements performed to demonstrate Spirit Sampler device reproducibility and outlines some of the instrument’s brand management software features.

How is laser Power/Energy measurement affected by incidence angle?

By Mark Slutzki
29 October 2014

White Paper Lead ImageModern laser applications demand ever-increasing accuracy in the measurement and control of the laser beam. Various types of sensors and instruments are in use today, the choice depending on the type of measurement needed. However, even given the correct choice of equipment, there are measurement conditions that can seriously affect the accuracy of the readings obtained if not correctly taken into account.

Technology Features

Electro Optics coverBeyond the line of sight

Since the dawn of photography the photographer has had to have their subject within sight, but as Rob Coppinger finds US researchers have turned a corner for the ultimate imaging technology.

Electro Optics coverLight in profile

Greg Blackman on the intricacies of beam analysis and the range of sensors laser manufacturers employ to characterise a source

Electro Optics coverFocusing on the distant past

Optics allow distant places to be seen in focus but Rob Coppinger peers into the universe of astronomy where the vision of deep space is also the past

Electro Optics coverQuick as a flash

If striking fear into the hearts of your enemy is not enough, Rob Coppinger seeks to shed light on the US military's intention to launch lightning bolts

Press releases

Galvanometer interface for Power PMAC motion controllers

25 February 2015
Delta Tau's new laser galvanometer interface for its Power PMAC motion controllers simplifies and improves controls for laser scanning applications - including laser marking, PCB processing, micromachining and medical device manufacturing
Delta Tau

The Universal LightProbe Spectra

25 February 2015
SENSORS AND DETECTORSThe Universal LightProbe Spectra
The Universal LightProbe Spectra USB Sensor from Optomistic Products, designed for the colour and intensity testing of LEDs, is now available exclusively in the UK from Peak Test Services
Optomistic Products

TeraPulse 4000

25 February 2015
TeraView has announced the launch of its new Terahertz system, the TeraPulse 4000, building on the success of the TPS Spectra 3000

Expanded list of filter optics

25 February 2015
The most current list and pricing for all Semrock standard filter optics is now available. Expanded single-band sets for popular LED-based light engines optimized for CFP, YFP and mCherry fluorophores, and a triple-band Pinkel filter set


25 February 2015
The Siskiyou IS-OGP is a simple, turnkey, modular solution for integrating an external laser beam into an existing microscope in optogenetics experiments that utilize a laser spot to stimulate target neurons in the cortex of lab animals

The LT665 USB 3.0 Large Array Beam Profiling Camera

25 February 2015
Ophir Photonics has announced the addition of a new high speed, high resolution, large array CCD camera to the BeamGage family of laser beam profiling systems
Ophir Photonics