DPSS Lab Laser Choices To Consider For Research

by | May 24, 2019 | Lab Lasers

Laser light has been an incredibly potent specimen for all different kinds of research yet we still can’t say we know that much about it. How can something be both a particle and a wave? What variations of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light are we unaware of? How can light be used to power cities or create life? The list of scientific queries involving light is only increasing as lasers are now being used to created quantum computers and laser mesh blockchain infrastructure.

So, what sort of laser system will be most suitable for your research?

DPSS Lab Lasers For Research

DPSS Lab Lasers For Research

This will greatly depend on the wavelength that you require, the first and most important piece of information to determine. There are too many different wavelengths and types of research to list them all here, but knowing to within one or two nanometers as to what specif light frequency you will need is crucial to ensuring your experiments go off without a hitch.

What does “RMS/hrs” mean and why is that important to me?

To put it simply it is a measurement as to how stable the laser produces a beam over the course of time. For example, a 1% RMS stability laser will not shift in output power more than 1mW plus or minus during extended use. A 3% stability will not shift more than 3mW + or -, 5% 5mW, and 10% 10mW. So depending on how close to a specific wattage or milliwatt-age you need, this is another important metric.

How important are safety goggles for me?

Absolutely necessary. Light in all its glory can do some interesting things when under strain so that can mean direct exposure or latent exposure, even that you do notice. Consider using infrared laser light that is totally naked to the human. How would you know you were receiving some exposure until it was already too late? Laser safety goggles and eye wear are incredibly important. Also, they can be rather specific. If you know the wavelength of light you’ll be using is 1064nm IR, you’ll want to make sure that wavelength is protected specifically or within a range. Say 800nm-2200nm covering all of the infrared wavelengths.

Should I use fiber coupling?

This will again depend on the type of research you are doing. Does the light source need to be moved into a specific location or snaked through a hindrance? Do you need to couple a powerful laser beam into a multi mode fiber? Need to couple a beam into a fiber with minimal or no loss? Having a plan laid out before you are ready to purchase a laboratory laser will be important so be sure to plan ahead with your team and get all of the specifics down.

Laser light is a specific science and not all lasers are created equal. For the best in DPSS Lab Lasers look no further than right here, we’ve specialized in all things lasers since 2005, call today with any questions. 877-256-6513