Wavefront sensors: the ultimate optical diagnostic tool?

Characterizing a laser beam is a growing concern in the industry. A great number of instruments are available on the market, each with their specialities.
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Buying a laser power meter: check-list

Because of the wide range of power and energy meter available on the market, and even more because they tend to be not totally versatile, you need to carefully examine your needs against the capabilities of the instrument you are planning to acquire.
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A short review of laser power and energy measurement devices

The base of laser beam diagnostic is to know how much average power you got. Available off the shelves form different manufacturers are three main type of devices, based either on a photodiode, a thermopile or a pyroelectric detector.
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How to choose your optical substrate

This is the material from which an optic is made. Although any material which is transparent at the working wavelength can be used as an optical substrate, materials such as plastic or common glass have poor reliability.
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