iPhone app for calculating laser beam spot sizes

ULO Optics has released two iPhone apps for calculating spot sizes in Gaussian and fiber-delivered laser beams, including a capability to determine minimum thickness of cutting lenses to withstand cutting gas pressure in the nozzle.

Oct 26th, 2012
Content Dam Ils Online Articles 2012 10 Ulooptics Beamspotcalculator Iphoneapp Mza 6913103878720753558 320x480 75 125x125

ULO Optics has released a free iPhone app for calculating spot sizes. The Spot Calculator calculates laser beam spot size and Rayleigh length (depth-of-focus) for a given beam, taking into account beam quality, wavelength, beam diameter, and focus length. The newest version (2.0) includes a calculator for minimum thickness of cutting lenses so they withstand cutting gas pressure in the nozzle.

One version of the app is optimized for Gaussian beams (mostly CO2); another calculates focus diameter and power density for fiber-delivered lasers. Input values are the laser power, fiber diameter, and collimating and focusing optics -- based on the fiber NA, the collimated beam diameter and depth-of-focus will be calculated.

More in Home