Spiricon's BeamGage version 5.7 laser profiling system adds sophisticated image processing


Spiricon, a Newport Corp. brand based in North Logan, Utah, has added BeamGage version 5.7 next generation laser beam analysis software to its line-up.

The system adds new advanced image processing features, including fast, off-axis correction of distorted beam images. It supports Ophir's popular laser power meters - Pulsar, Nova II, Vega, and Juno, as well as 64-bit versions of Windows® Vista and Windows 7. In addition, BeamGage® is now a multilingual platform, adding native language support for English, Japanese, and Chinese, plus compatibility with the German Microsoft Windows environments.

"Unlike traditional beam diagnostic tools, BeamGage is a comprehensive laser beam profiling software system that analyzes a beam's size, shape, uniformity, and divergence to ensure you're getting the laser beam you thought you were," said Gary Wagner, president, Ophir-Spiricon. "The latest version includes advanced image processing that adapts to less than ideal environments, such as camera offset angles. And it is the only camera-based profiling application to incorporate NIST traceable power measurements. The addition of multi-language support and new units of measurement makes this a global product that easily integrates into the work environments of a wide variety of system operators."

BeamGage provides a way to quickly detect and correct the skew of an image when the camera angle is offset form the line of sight of the laser beam it is measuring. Based on a sophisticated image compression algorithm, BeamGage can correct off-axis beam images that are angled up to 45 degrees from the perpendicular line of the laser. This provides additional flexibility, which is especially needed for applications that are set up in restrictive spaces.

A new "fixed mm" spatial unit option allows users to choose between scientific notation and fixed decimal point millimeter units.

BeamGage 5.7 interfaces with most Ophir power meters, including the Nova II handheld, the Vega color display, the Pulsar PC interface (all versions, 1, 2, 3, and 4), and the Juno USB interface. BeamGage provides a range of ways to integrate with power/energy readings. Supported functions include total power or energy, peak power/energy density, average pulse power, peak pulse power, device efficiency, and % in aperture.

BeamGage supports both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, enhancing system configuration options and increasing processing speed.

Based on UltraCal™, Ophir-Spiricon's patented baseline correction algorithm, BeamGage provides high accuracy results, guaranteeing the data baseline (zero-point reference) is accurate to 1/8th of a digital count on a pixel-by-pixel basis. BeamGage is available in three versions: Standard, Professional, and Enterprise. BeamGage Standard features BeamMaker® beam simulator, automatic camera control for ease of use, and a comprehensive set of beam analysis algorithms. BeamGage Professional adds such capabilities as partitioning of the camera output for separate analysis of multiple laser beams from sources such as fiber, a .NET interface for full remote control when integrating beam analysis into an automated application, and camera sharing. BeamGage Enterprise includes support for high-speed, networked cameras, including GigE, Gigabit Ethernet.

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