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Laser Components has introduced the Visualize range of conversion screens. Offered as a low-cost alternative to beam profilers, the conversion screens are said to be an essential aid in the alignment, location and visualisation of laser beams across the UV–NIR range.

Three types of conversion screen are offered: Uvisualize; Visualize; and VisualizeIR.

The three types are available in three formats: laminated credit-card style — a budget format suitable for power lamp and laser use; 25mm disc and clip-on wand — specifically designed for laser engineers and optics experimentalists where frequent component positioning is required; and optical bench-mounted head — a rugged, 40mm active area, freestanding 13.7mm mounting post and post holder allowing centre adjustments from 90–235mm, suitable for laser alignment components positioning and beam profiling, complete with alignment target.

Visualize range in detail

  • Uvisualize — this screen is specifically designed to provide long after-glow imaging. Laser pulses can be safely viewed allowing the beam profile and beam alignment to be checked. The Uvisualize cards detect UV at powers as low as 1nW/cm2, allowing for persistent yellow emission with no optical charging required.
  • Visualize — This general safety tool is said to be ideal for the inspection of visible laser sources such as argon ion, HeNe and laser diodes when laser safety goggles are being worn. Visualize is popular in laser diode, Nd:YAG and communications wavelength bands, providing orange/red emission.
  • VisualizeIR — there is no need to optically charge the VisualizeIR and more importantly it will not discharge. It is most popular for Nd:YAG/YLF and communications wavelength bands, providing green emission under CW or pulsed NIR lasers. It is capable of detecting IR at powers as low as 175nW/cm2.

Laser Components

The Laser Components Group was formed in 1986 and is located at six locations in Germany, France, UK, Canada and USA, employing more than 120 people worldwide. In-house production accounts for approximately half its turnover, with partner suppliers accounting for all other business.

Laser Components manufactures and supplies components, OEM modules, sources, optics and detectors, spanning the UV to the FIR. 

Products include:  

  • Photodiodes, including avalanche photodiodes, position sensitive detectors and PIN diodes
  • IR components, including IR detectors, IR emitters and optical components for IR
  • Single photon-counting modules, including accessories and silicon avalanche photodiodes for photon counting
  • Lasers, including laser diodes, laser modules and emitters for telecommunication
  • Measurement devices, including amplifiers, laser power detectors, and measurement instruments
  • Fibre optics, including optical fibres, assembled fibres, active and passive components and accessories
  • Optics, including laser optics, optical filters, optomechanical components, optical components and polarisers
  • Laser accessories, including laser safety products and spare parts and accessories
  • E-beam (physical vapour deposition) ion-assisted deposition and sputtering coating capabilities to the standard catalogue or customer-specific specifications.  

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