BeamMic™ – Basic Laser Beam Analyzer System



  • High-speed false color beam intensity profile displays in both 2D and 3D
  • Operates in Windows 7 (32/64) VISTA (32/64) and XP (32) Professional
  • Numerical beam profile analysis employs patented advanced calibration algorithms.
  • Extensive set of ISO quantitative measurements
  • ISO beam width and diameter methods
  • Enhanced window layout tools to get the most out of the desktop display area
  • Pass/fail testing available on most all measured parameters
  • Support for USB SPxxx series cameras
  • Supports satellite windows on multiple monitors
  • Continuous zoom scaling in both 2D and 3D
  • Results logging capabilities exportable to Excel
  • Industry std data file formats, HDF5 and CSV
  • Configurable Report Generator that allows cut and paste of results, images and settings from .PDF and .XPS file types
  • Statistical Analysis of all measured parameters
  • Both Drawn and Auto Aperture for isolating beam data
  • Integrated automatic Help linked into this .pdf Users Guide
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The BeamMic series of laser beam analyzer systems are designed for entry level or basic profiling needs.
The beam’s size, shape, uniformity or approximation to the expected power distribution, can make or break an application. Accurate knowledge of these parameters is essential to the accuracy of any laser-based application. As laser applications push the boundaries of laser performance it is becoming more critical to understand the operating criteria.
BeamMic Main Display Screen
BeamMic Main Display Screen
Features BeamMIc - Laser Beam Analyzer Software
File types Industry Standard HDF5 data and setup file format which are compatable in third party applications such as MatLab and Mathmatica
  Math program and Excel compatable ASCII-csv results files
  Graphics in jpg file format
  A user defined single file output that can contain settings, beam displays, beam profiles, results in either .pdf or .xps file formats
Printing Images, reports, results, statistics and setup information
  Option to print many frames in a single operation
  WYSIWYG images
Pass/Fail Set Maximum/Minimum limits on all calculations and statistics
  Red/Green font color indication on result items
  Multiple choices for indication of failed parameters, including TTL pulse for external alarm
  Master pass/fail which triggers alarm on any failure
  USB signal, beep, stop, and log alarm options
  Results in ASCII-csv
  Continuous Logging
  Time Interval Logging
  Frame Count Logging
  Pass/Fail Sampling
Exporting Convert frame buffer data to third party format
  Export a user specified number of frames from the buffer
  Export Image Data: ASCII-cvs
  Export Results: ASCII-csv
  Export Picture: jpg, gif, tiff, bmp, png file formats supported
  Export Image Data in Aperture
Integrated Help PDF Operators Manual
  Context Sensitive (Whats this?) Help
  Context Sensitive Hints
Signal Conditioning for Enhanced Accuracy Spiricon's patented Ultracal enables more accurate beam measurement and display. Ultracal takes a multi- frame average of the baseline offset of each individual pixel to obtain a baseline accurate to approximately 1/8 of a digital count. This baseline offset is subtracted from each frame, pixel by pixel, to obtain a baseline correction accurate to 1/8 digital count. Spiricon's Ultracal method retains numbers less than zero that result from noise when the baseline is subtracted. Retaining fractional and negative numbers in the processed signal can increase the beam width measurement accuracy by up to 10X over conventional baseline subtraction and clip level methods. Spiricon's Ultracal conforms to the best method described in ISO 11146-3:2004
Frame Averaging Up to 256 frames can be averaged for a signal-to-noise ratio, S/N, improvement of up to 16X (Noise is averaged up to 1/256th [8 fractional bits]). Data is processed and stored in a 32bit format.
Frame Summing Up to 256 frames can be summed to pull very weak signals out of the noise. Due to the precise nature of Ultracal baseline setting, (i.e., a retention of both positive and negative noise components) summing of frames can be performed without generating a large offset in the baseline.
Convolution (Adjacent Pixel Averaging) Choice of 5 convolution algorithms for spatial filtering for both display and calculations. Spatial filtering improves the visual S/N.
Camera Features Camera features are governed by the capabilities of the various cameras that will interface with these software products, and second by which of these camera features are implimented in the software. This section will describe typical camera features supported in the application.
  Black Level Control (used by Ultracal and Auto-X and Auto-setup)
  Gain Control (used by Auto-X and Auto-setup)
  Exposure Control (used by Auto-X and Auto-setup)
  Pixel Sampling
  Bits per pixel setting
  External Trigger Input
  Trigger Delay
  Strobe Output
  Strobe Delay
  External Trigger Probe
  Internal Trigger Probe
Camera related features in the applications These are features related to but not generally dependent upon the camera design.
  Gamma Correction
  Gain Correction
  Bad Pixel Correction
  Lens Applied Option
  Pixel scale settings
  Magnification settings
  Frame buffer settings
  Enable Auto-X (auto exposure control)
  Perform an Auto-Setup
  8 & 12 bits per pixel
  Select Format
  Measure S/N ratio
Trigger, Capture and Synchronization Methods Capture methods are features related to the application while Synchronization methods relate more to the abilities of the specific camera. NOTE: Frame capture rates are determined by many factors and are not guaranteed for any specific operating configuration.
  Trigger modes
   CW - captures continuously, see Capture Options below
   Trigger-In from laser: Trigger pulses supplied to the camera
   Strobe-Out to laser: Strobe pulses output from the camera
   Video Trigger: Frame captured and displayed only when the camera sees a signal greater than a user set level
  Capture options
   Capture options are redefined and are approached in a different manner than older products. The items listed below will allow for all of the previous methods but with more flexability than ever before
   Results Priority: Results priority will slow the capture rate to be in sync with the computational results and display updates
   Frame Priority: Frame priority will slow results and display updating to insure that frames are collected and stored in the frame buffer as fast as possible (replaces block mode)
   Stop After: Will collect a set number of frames and then stop (replaces Single- Shot mode)
   Periodic: Will collect frame at a programmed periodic rate
   Periodic Burst: Will collect frames in a Burst at programmed periodic rates
  Post processing is still available but is done via a different mechanism and is limited to only data file sources
System Requirements PC computer running Windows7 (32/64) Laptop or Desktop
  GHz Pentium style processor, dual core recommended
  Minimum 2GB RAM (4GB required for Lw11058 camera)
  Accelerated Graphics Processor Hard drive space suitable to hold the amount of video data you expect to store (50-100 GB recommended)
      Item Description P/N  
BeamMic USB2 Beam Analyzer Systems (camera and software)  
  BM-USB-SP503 BeamMic software, software license, ½" format 640x480 pixel camera with 4.5mm CCD recess. Comes with USB cable and 3 ND filters. SP90279  
  BM-USB-SP503-1550 BeamMic software, software license, ½" format 640x480 pixel camera with 4.5mm CCD recess. Phosphor coated to 1550 nm. Comes with USB cable and 3 ND filters. SP90280  
  BM-USB-SP620 BeamMic software, software license, 1/1.8" format 1600x1200 pixel camera with 4.5mm CCD recess. Comes with USB and cable and 3 ND filters. SP90281  
  BM-USB-SP620-1550 BeamMic software, software license, 1/1.8" format 1600x1200 pixel camera with 4.5mm CCD recess. Phosphor coated to 1550 nm. Comes with USB and cable, 3 ND filters. SP90282  
Software Upgrades  
  BeamMic to BGS Upgrade Upgrade BeamMic to BeamGage Standard Edition. Requires a camera key to activate. (SP cameras may require a firmware upgrade to enable ROI features). SP90219  
  BeamMic to BGP Upgrade Upgrade BeamMic to BeamGage Professional Edition. Requires a camera key to activate (SP cameras may require a firmware upgrade to enable ROI features). SP90229  
  BeamMic to BGE Upgrade Upgrade BeamMic to BeamGage Enterprise Edition. Requires a camera key to activate (SP cameras may require a firmware upgrade to enable ROI features). SP90230  
Optical Synch for Pulsed Lasers  
  Optical Trigger for SP Cameras Optical trigger assembly which can be mounted on camera or separately to sense laser pulses and synchronize SP cameras with pulses. Comes with a BNC cable. Stand for mounting sold separately. SPZ17005  
Recommended Optional  
  LBS-300-BB Dual beam splitters and configurable 9 ND filters for 190-1550nm; screws onto front of camera SP90186  
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  BeamMic User Guide BeamMic User Guide
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