Microscope Slide Power Meter Sensor Heads


  • Measure Power at the Sample
  • Large-Area Sensor to Collect Light from High NA Objectives (up to 1.45)
  • Compatible with Dry, Water Immersion, and Oil Immersion Objectives
  • Low- and High-Power Versions Available

S170C Microscope Slide Power Meter Sensor used with a 1.30 NA Objective and Shown on an MLS203-1 Motorized Scanning Stage Equipped
with an MLS203P2 Slide Holder

S175C

High-Power Microscope Slide Power Sensor for UV, Visible, and IR

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Engraving on Back of Housing
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The back of each microscope slide sensor housing is engraved with the sensor specifications and a crosshair for centering the beam on the sensor. This image shows the engravings on the S170C sensor; the S171C sensor has similar engravings. The engravings on the S175C sensor are shown further below.
Microscope Beam Alignment
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Using the engraved alignment target on the back of the sensor housing, a user can position the stage so that when the sensor is flipped, the beam strikes the center of the sensor. The S170C sensor is shown in this image.

Features

  • Compatible with Standard Upright and Inverted Microscopes
  • Designed to Measure Power at the Sample Plane
  • Large 18 mm x 18 mm Active Sensor Area
  • Low-Power Photodiode Sensors:
    • Wavelength Range: 350 nm to 1100 nm (Item # 170C) or 400 nm to 1100 nm (Item # S171C)
    • Sensitive to Optical Powers from 10 nW to 150 mW (Item # 170C) or 1 nW to 15 mW (Item # S171C)
  • High-Power Thermal Sensor (Item # S175C)
    • Wavelength Range: 300 nm to 10.6 µm
    • Measure Optical Powers from 100 µW to 2 W
  • Sensor Housing with the Same Footprint as Standard Microscope Slides: 76.0 mm x 25.2 mm
  • Novel Optical Design to Accommodate High NA Objectives (See Optical Design Tab)
  • Information Stored in Connector:
    • Sensor Data for Automatic Calibration when Using Thorlabs' Power Meter Consoles
      (Sold Separately Below)
    • NIST- and PTB-Traceable Calibration Data
  • Recalibration Service Available

Applications

Thorlabs' Microscope Slide Power Sensor Heads are designed to measure optical power at the sample in microscopy setups. These sensor heads have the same footprint (76.0 mm x 25.2 mm) as a standard microscope slide, feature a large 18 mm x 18 mm active area, and are compatible with most standard upright and inverted microscopes.

The low-power versions incorporate silicon photodiode sensors, while the high-power version is equipped with a thermal sensor. The SC170C photodiode sensor is sensitive to wavelengths from 350 nm to 1100 nm at optical powers from 10 nW to 150 mW with 1 nW resolution. The SC171C photodiode sensor is for wavelengths from 400 nm to 1100 nm at optical powers from 1 nW to 15 mW with a resolution of 0.5 pW. A <1 µs response time makes these sensors ideal for high-resolution measurements using lasers, but they are still well suited for measurements of broadband illumination sources, like LEDs and white light sources. The S175C thermal sensor is sensitive to wavelengths from 300 nm to 10.6 µm at optical powers from 100 µW to 2 W. This sensor features a flat absorptivity over the specified wavelength range, making it ideal for measurements of broadband illumination sources, like LEDs and white light sources. Please see the Specs tab for more information.

S170C with the PM200 Power Meter Console
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The S175C connected to the PM400 touch screen power meter console (sold separately).

Day-to-Day Usage
The sensors support power measurements for objectives with NAs up to 1.45, and are usable in air and with water- or oil-based immersion media (see the Optical Design tab for details). As seen in the image above to the right, the back of the sensor is engraved with the recommended NA for air (<0.95), water (<1.30), and oil (<1.45) objectives. The active sensor area is protected by a glass cover surface, which can be easily cleaned using compressed air or using optic tissue moistened with acetone or methanol.

As seen in the image above, the bottom of these sensors feature a laser-engraved alignment crosshair that marks the active sensor area to aid in aligning and focusing the beam. To use with a standard upright microscope, insert the housing into the beam path so that the engraved side is facing the objective of your microscope. Once the power sensor is centered under the objective, turn the slide over so that the detector is facing the beam in order to take a power measurement. For inverted microscopes, place the detector in your slide holder with the sensor facing the objective and turn on the trans-illumination lamp. Centering the beam on the engraved target will center the sensor in the optical path.

To avoid damaging the sensor, we recommend positioning it in the light path at a location where the beam is not focused. It is important not to exceed the Max Average Power Density (see Specs tab) over the beam's spot size.

Power Meter Console and Interface Compatibility
These power sensor heads are compatible with the PM100D, PM100APM400, and PM5020 power meter consoles, as well as many of our C-series power and energy meter interfaces, which provide communication between the sensor and an external control unit such as a PC. The PM100A, PM100D, and PM400 consoles, which include display screens and controls, are sold below for convenience. As seen in the image to the left, a 1.5 m cable attached to the side of the sensor head leads to a D-sub 9-pin male connector. Sensor specifications for automated calibration and the NIST- and PTB-traceable calibration data are stored in non-volatile memory in the sensor connector and can be read out using compatible Thorlabs power meter consoles.

Recalibration Service
Recalibration services are available for our power sensors and power meter consoles. We recommend your Thorlabs sensor and console be recalibrated as a pair; however, each may be recalibrated individually. Recalibration of a single-channel power meter console is included with the CAL-PD Si Photodiode and CAL-THPY Thermal Sensor Recalibration Services below at no additional cost.

Specifications
Item # S170C S171C S175C
Detector Type Silicon Photodiode Thermal Absorber
Wavelength Range 350 - 1100 nm 400 - 1100 nm 300 nm - 10.6 µm
Optical Power Working Range 10 nW - 150 mW 1 nW - 15 mW 100 µW - 2 W
Max Average Power Density 20 W/cm2 10 W/cm2 200 W/cm2
Max Pulse Energy Density - - 0.1 J/cm² (1 µs Pulse)
1 J/cm² (1 ms Pulse)
Linearity ±0.5%
Resolution 1 nWa 0.5 pWb 10 µWc
Measurement Uncertaintyd ±3% (440 - 980 nm)
±5% (350 - 439 nm)
±7% (981 - 1100 nm)
±3% (440 - 980 nm)e
±5% (400 - 439 nm)e
±7% (981 - 1100 nm)e
±3% (1064 nm)
±5% (300 nm - 10.6 µm)
Responsivity (Click for Plot) Typical Responsivity
Raw Data
Typical Responsivity
Raw Data
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Absorption (Click for Plot) - - Typical Absorption
Raw Data
Typical Application Light Measurement on the Microscope Objective Plane
Neutral Density Filter Reflective (OD 1.5) Absorptive (OD 0.4) N/A
Cooling Convection
Compatible Consolesf PM100D, PM100A, PM400, and PM5020
Compatible Interfacesf PM101, PM101A, PM101R, PM101U, PM103, PM103A, PM103EPM103U, and PM100USB PM101, PM101A, PM101R, PM101U, PM102, PM102A, PM102U, and PM100USB
Response Time <1 µs <2 s
Overall Dimensions 76 mm x 25.2 mm x 5 mm
(2.99" x 0.99" x 0.20")
76 mm x 25.2 mm x 4.80 mm
(2.99" x 0.99" x 0.19")
Active Detector Area 18 mm x 18 mm
Input Aperture 20 mm x 20 mm 18 mm x 18 mm
Cable Length 1.5 m
Connector Sub-D 9 Pin Male
Weight 0.07 kg (0.15 lbs) 0.05 kg (0.11 lbs)
Post Mounting 8-32 (M4) Thread N/A
  • Measured with PM100D Console in Low Bandwidth Setting
  • Measured with PM5020 Console in Low Bandwidth Setting
  • Measured with the Legacy PM200 Console
  • Beam Diameter > 1 mm
  • Valid for 24 ± 2 °C
  • The S17xC sensors are compatible with all currently available photodiode power meter consoles and interfaces, as well as the previous-generation PM200 and PM320E consoles; they are not compatible with other previous generation Thorlabs power meter consoles.

Sensor Connector

D-type Male

DB9 Male

Pin Connections
Pin S170C and S171C S175C
1 Not Used
2 EEPROM Data
3 Photodiode Anode Ground Sensor Ground
4 Photodiode Cathode Not Used
5 Not Used
6 EEPROM Ground
7 Not Used Not Used
8 Not Used Sensor Signal
9 Not Used

Cleaning
The housing of these microsope slide power meter sensor heads can be cleaned using a soft damp cloth. To clean the ND filter of the S170C and S171C sensors, gently blow off any debris using compressed air. The surface may be gently wiped using an optic tissue moistened with acetone or methanol. The glass sensor cover of the S175C sensor can be cleaned with appropriate solvents like isopropanol.

Calibration
The calibration of the sensors in these sensors should remain stable for over a year provided that the unit has not been exposed to excessive optical powers. We recommend yearly recalibration to ensure accuracy and performance, which may be ordered using the CAL-PD (for Item #s S170C and S171C) or CAL-THPY (Item # S175C) item number below. Please contact Tech Support for assistance.

Effects of Index Matching Gel
An illustration to show the behavior of light exiting a high NA objective after it enters the S170C microscope power sensor head vs. a typical photodiode sensor. For objectives with NAs greater than 1.0 and a detector without index matching gel in the gap, some of the light will also undergo total internal reflection at the ND filter-air interface, causing additional losses before the light reaches the sensor. (Important Note: Do not place immersion oil or other immersion media directly on the ND filter of any Thorlabs photodiode detectors other than the S170C and S171C sensors, as they were not designed for this application and the oil cannot be cleaned from the filter surface.)

Large Active Area and Index Matching Gel

The S170C, S171C, and S175C microscope slide sensor heads were designed with large-active-area detectors to accommodate high NA objectives. In addition, the S170C and S171C sensors use index matching gel in the gap between the neutral density filter and the sensor to minimize losses due to internal reflections at the air-glass interface. The S175C sensor uses a protective glass cover that features a smaller air gap than the S170C sensor (0.15 mm versus 1.5 mm) to avoid the use of index matching gel, which helps maintain a fast sensor response time.

The schematic to the right illustrates the advantages that a large-area detector like the one used in the S170C sensor provides over typical photodetectors by tracing the path of light from a high NA objective after it enters an S170C microscope slide sensor head and a typical photodiode sensor. The typical photodiode sensor shown in the drawing has an air-filled gap between the ND filtera and the sensor and a Ø9.5 mm active area, similar to our S130 slim photodiode sensors or S120 standard photodiode sensors. When light from a large NA objective reaches the interface between the ND filter and the glass, it refracts away from the center of the sensor. Some of the light misses the edge of the small active area of the photodiode, causing erroneous power measurements.

In the S170C microscope slide sensor head, the gap between the neutral density filter and the sensor active area has been filled with an index matching gel. Compared to the ND-filter-to-air interface in typical sensor heads, the gel minimizes the amount of reflected light at the ND-filter-to-gel interface that would otherwise not reach the sensor and eliminates refraction of light exiting the ND filter, allowing the large-area detector to capture more light from the objective. Please be aware that this design cannot completely compensate for this effect for very high NA oil objectives and at certain wavelengths.

Similar results would be expected from a comparison of the S175C unit with other thermal sensors. The small 0.15 mm air gap between the protective glass plate and the thermal sensor minimizes the light refracted away from the center of the sensor, while the large 18 mm x 18 mm active area catches more of the incoming signal. Additionally, the S175C sensor has a protective class cover plate that allows the appropriate immersion media for the objective to be applied without damaging the sensor. (Note: do not apply immersion media to Thorlabs' other thermal sensors, as it may damage to the sensor head.)

  1. Do not place immersion media directly on the ND filter of any Thorlabs' photodiode sensors, with the exception of the Microscope Slide Power Sensors that are specifically designed for this application, as the oil cannot be cleaned from the filter surface. The example used here is only intended to demonstrate the advantages of the S170C sensor's optical design.

Posted Comments:
Vanessa Carlos  (posted 2023-04-28 15:02:03.27)
Hello, I would like to know if this power sensor can be completely immersed in water. Or if you have any other photodiode sensors where that is possible. I would need it for measuring power at the sample, on light sheet microscopes, using water immersion objectives, with low NA. Thank you!
dpossin  (posted 2023-05-02 04:33:31.0)
Dear Vanessa, Thank you for your feedback. The S170C is desgined for usage in immersion media. You can see the basic working principle here: https://www.thorlabs.de/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=2191&tabname=optical%20design. I am reaching out to you in order to discuss this further.
Jolanda van Iperen  (posted 2023-01-09 16:35:59.607)
I am looking for a mini laser intensity power meter that fits under the objectives of a u-Raman microscope (till 100x objective WD 0,17 and can focus with that working distance. It should be able to set laser at 532 nm and 785 nm in order to measure at these wavelength the power of the laser through the objectives, preferable reading the power outside the enclosure, which can be opened a little bit. I came to S170C, but cannot find if this is set to a particular wavelength or gives a spectrum. It would be nice to have both options - also for the LED light of the microscope- , but if not in the first place we prefer the first option to measure intensity of laser 532 and 785 nm.
hkarpenko  (posted 2023-01-10 08:45:30.0)
Dear Jolanda, thank you for your feedback. Our sensors won´t be able to show the spectrum of the sensor, but only the power. S175C might be a more suitable sensor if you are measuring both, monochromatic and broadband lightsources. I contact you directly to discuss this in more detail with you.
user  (posted 2021-11-09 06:01:57.003)
What is the typical ambient-stabilization time between you take it in your hand, place it where you want to measure, and until you can actually measure? In our temp controlled lab, I've seen that this can go up to 10-15 minutes. Is that normal?
dpossin  (posted 2021-11-16 06:02:54.0)
Dear Carlos, Thank you for your feedback. The stabilization time depends on the power level you would like to measure. In general thermal power sensors are very sensitive to external heat. Since convection is quite a slow process a settle time of 10 to 15 minutes is nothing to worry about. I am reaching out to you to discuss this further.
Holger Knaut  (posted 2021-07-29 10:12:16.853)
Hi, is the S170C compatible with laser light illumination such as a confocal or spinning disk scope? Thanks
soswald  (posted 2021-08-02 03:11:26.0)
Dear Holger, thank you for your feedback. The S170C can be used to measure laser light as long as the maximum power of 150 mW and the maximum power density of 20 W/cm² are not exceeded. Please contact your local tech support team with more details on your light source, expected power and power density to discuss your application further.
user  (posted 2019-07-03 16:32:40.697)
We are looking for a power meter similar to this but maybe one that is a cylinder as we are wanting to characterize an assembly that is illuminated from six points located around the circumference. Please contact me.
MKiess  (posted 2019-07-05 10:20:23.0)
This is a response from Michael at Thorlabs. Thank you for your inquiry. I have contacted you directly to discuss further details on custom possibilities and applications for this sensor.
g.makey  (posted 2016-05-12 03:50:55.7)
Hi, Can S170C be used in reflective mode microscope while imaging?
shallwig  (posted 2016-05-12 05:05:39.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you for your inquiry. I have contacted you directly to discuss how the S170C can be used in your setup.
donovan.harris.civ  (posted 2015-12-10 15:28:18.217)
Couldn't find compatible meter for the S175C. Using Zeiss compatible collimated LED sources at full power.
shallwig  (posted 2015-12-11 06:41:50.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The S175C sensor is compatible with any of our currently available consoles PM100D, PM100A, PM100USB, PM200, PM320E. I will contact you directly to discuss your application in more detail.
cuhrich  (posted 2014-01-21 16:09:02.123)
I just noticed that my comment is the same as one posted here. We need this device built with a stronger ND filter as we will have powers closer to 1W down on the sample. Seems like a reasonable option to offer a high power version.
tschalk  (posted 2014-01-23 04:56:30.0)
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. At the moment we are not able to equip the sensor with a stronger ND-filter because these does not meet our specifications. 1W is far away from the current specification and we hope to increase the maximum power level up to 300mW in the future. I will contact you directly to discuss your application.
flickingerd  (posted 2013-11-01 08:24:21.293)
A model with Pmax 500 mW would be nice (powers like this are normal for narrow bandwidth 2P microscopy).
tschalk  (posted 2013-11-06 03:19:31.0)
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. At the moment we can not provide a sensor with a higher power range because of the optical filter that is used. I will contact you directly to discuss your application and find a suitable solution.
cbrideau  (posted 2013-08-01 16:38:44.763)
Looking good, but how do you deal with the NA narrowing imposed by the Si detector's high index of refraction (>3)?

Low-Power Microscope Slide Power Meter Sensor Heads

Item #a S170C S171C
Wavelength Range 350 - 1100 nm 400 - 1100 nm
Optical Power Working Range 10 nW - 150 mW 1 nW - 15 mW
Max Average Power Density 20 W/cm2 10 W/cm2
Resolution 1 nWb 0.5 pWc
  • For complete specifications, please see the Specs tab.
  • Measured with PM100D console in low bandwidth setting.
  • Measured with PM5020 console in low bandwidth setting.
S170C Post Mounting
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The S170C may be post mounted via the 8-32 (M4) tap in the side of the housing.
  • Large 18 mm x 18 mm Sensor Active Area
  • Ideal for Measuring Light from High NA Objectives or Any Position Along the Optical Path
  • Yearly Recalibration with CAL-PD Recalibration Service Recommended
    (For More Information, Contact Technical Support)
  • Post Mountable via 8-32 (M4) Tap

The S170C and S171C Microscope Slide Power Meter Photodiode Sensor Heads are designed to fit in the microscope slide holders of standard upright and inverted microscopes to measure the power at the sample plane. The active sensor is contained within a sealed housing, behind a neutral density (ND) filter with OD 1.5 (Item # S170C) or 0.4 (Item # S171C). A 20 mm x 20 mm indent above the ND filter accepts cover slips and immersion media. Immersion media (water, glycerol, oil, etc.) may be placed in this well directly over the ND filter, or a cover slip may be inserted first to simplify clean up. The S170C and S171C sensors use index matching gel in the gap between the neutral density filter and the sensor to minimize losses due to internal reflections at the air-glass interface. A detailed overview of these physical features is presented in the Optical Design tab.

With a fast response time of 1 µs, minimum power of 10 nW, and resolution of 1 nW, the S170C photodiode sensor is ideal for high-resolution power measurements of low-power illumination. Additionally, we offer the S171C sensor, which has a minimum power of 1 nW and a high resolution of 0.5 pW. The addition of water to a water dipping/ immersion objective always results in the absorption of some of the transmitted light, particularly in the near IR region. As such, power readings recorded without water will be higher than the values recorded with water.

The back of each slide is engraved with the sensor specifications and a grid for aligning the beam. To take a power measurement, simply flip over the slide to expose the sensor to the objective. In inverted microscopes, the trans-illumination lamp can be centered on the grid to ensure the sensor is centered on the beam.

Thorlabs recommends yearly recalibration of the S170C and S171C sensors. Thorlabs offers a recalibration service for these photodiode power sensors, which can be ordered below (see Item # CAL-PD). Recalibration of a single-channel power and/or energy meter console or interface is included with the recalibration of a sensor at no additional cost.

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S170C Support Documentation
S170CCustomer Inspired! Microscope Slide Power Sensor, 350 - 1100 nm, 10 nW - 150 mW
$1,324.53
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S171C Support Documentation
S171CCustomer Inspired! Microscope Slide Power Sensor, 400 - 1100 nm, 1 nW - 15 mW
$1,324.53
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High-Power Microscope Slide Power Meter Sensor Head

Microscope Thermal Sensor
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The back of the S175C housing is engraved with the sensor specifications and a target for centering the beam on the sensor.
  • High-Power Thermal Sensor for 300 nm - 10.6 µm
  • Designed to Measure Optical Powers from 100 µW to 2 W
  • Large 18 mm x 18 mm Sensor Active Area
  • Ideal for Measuring Light from High NA Objectives or Any Position Along the Optical Path
  • Yearly Recalibration with CAL-THPY Recalibration Service Recommended (For More Information, Contact Technical Support)

The S175C Microscope Slide Power Meter Thermal Sensor Head is designed to fit in the microscope slide holders of standard upright and inverted microscopes to measure the power at the sample plane. The large-active-area 18 mm x 18 mm sensor is protected by a glass plate, allowing immersion media to be applied. With a <2 s response time , 100 µW to 2 W optical power range, and 10 µW resolution, this thermal sensor is suited for high-power measurements of broadband sources, such as LEDs or white light illumination. The addition of water to a water dipping/ immersion objective always results in the absorption of some of the transmitted light, particularly in the near IR region. As such, power readings recorded without water will be higher than the values recorded with water. 

The back of the slide is engraved with the sensor specifications and a target for aligning the beam, shown in the photo to the right. To take a power measurement, simply flip over the slide to expose the sensor to the objective. In inverted microscopes, the trans-illumination lamp can be centered on the target to ensure the sensor is centered on the beam. 

Please be aware that thermal sensors are sensitive to air vents and strong ambient temperature changes. Measurements should be taken once the sensor has settled to the ambient temperature.

Thorlabs recommends yearly recalibration of the S175C sensor. Thorlabs offers a recalibration service for this thermal sensor, which can be ordered below (see Item # CAL-THPY). Recalibration of a single-channel power and/or energy meter console or interface is included with the recalibration of a sensor at no additional cost.

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S175C Support Documentation
S175CCustomer Inspired! Microscope Slide Thermal Power Sensor, 300 nm - 10.6 µm, 100 µW - 2 W
$1,324.53
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Power Meter Consoles

Our most popular power meter consoles are included here for convenience. The PM100D digital power meter console features a back-lit LED screen and includes a 1 GB external SD memory card. The PM400 touch screen power meter console can perform the same functions as the PM100D with added features that include storing past power measurements in its 4 GB internal memory, inputs for external temperature and humidity sensors, programmable GPIO ports, and a capacitive touchscreen display that allows the unit to be operated with multi-touch gestures. Additionally, the PM400 allows optical power measurement data, temperature logs, spectral correction curves, and attenuation correction data can be saved by the user and transfered between the console and an external device for further analysis. These functions are particularly useful for tracking the consistency of the power at the sample plane over time. For more information, click on the part number in the table below to view the complete presentation for each power meter console.

Alternatively, the S170C, S171C, and S175C sensors are compatible with the PM5020 and the previous-generation PM200 and PM320E consoles. All three sensors can also be used with the PM100 series and PM100USB interfaces, which provide communication between the sensor and an external control unit such as a PC. Additionally, the S170C and S171C power sensors are compatible with the PM103 series interfaces and the S175C with the PM102 series interfaces.

Item # PM100A PM100D PM400
Console Image
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PM100A PM100D PM400 Power Meter Console
Display Mechanical Needle and
LCD Display with Digital Readout
320 x 240 Pixel Backlit
Graphical LCD Display
Projected Capacitive Touchscreen
with Color Display
Output Analog Needle or Digital Numeric Readout Numerical, Bar Graph, Statistics,
Simulated Analog Needle
Numerical with Bar Graph,
Trend Graph (Power or Energy
and Temperature),
Statistics, Simulated Analog Needle
Calibration Functions Wavelength Correctiona Wavelength Correctiona Wavelength Correctiona;
Also Accepts User-Input
Source Spectra and
Attenuation Correction Data
Data Storage and Transfer USB 2.0 Interface 1 GB External SD Memory Card,
USB 2.0 Interface
4 GB Internal Memory
Mini B USB 2.0 Interface
Dimensions 7.24" x 4.29" x 1.61"
(184 mm x 109 mm x 41 mm)
7.09" x 4.13" x 1.50"
(180 mm x 105 mm x 38 mm)
5.35" x 3.78" x 1.16"
(136.0 mm x 96.0 mm x 29.5 mm)
Display Dimensions 1.9" x 0.5" (48.2 mm x 13.2 mm)
Digital Display and
3.54" x 1.65" (90.0 mm x 42.0 mm) Analog Display
3.17" x 2.36"
(81.4 mm x 61.0 mm)
3.7" x 2.1"
(95 mm x 54 mm)
  • Sensor Dependent
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PM100A Support Documentation
PM100ACompact Power Meter Console, Mechanical Analog & Graphical LC Display
$1,114.91
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PM100D Support Documentation
PM100DCompact Power and Energy Meter Console, Digital 4" LCD
$1,270.39
Today
PM400 Support Documentation
PM400Projected Capacitive Touchscreen Optical Power and Energy Meter Console
$1,583.35
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Recalibration Service for Microscope Slide Power Sensors

Calibration Service
Item #
Compatible Microscope
Slide Power Sensor
CAL-PD S170C and S171C
CAL-THPY S175C

Thorlabs offers recalibration services for our microsope slide power sensors. To ensure accurate measurements, we recommend recalibrating the sensors annually. Recalibration of a single-channel power and/or energy meter console or interface is included with the recalibration of a sensor at no additional cost. If you wish to calibrate one or more sensors with a dual-channel console, each sensor and console calibration service will need to be purchased individually.

Refer to the table to the right for the appropriate calibration service Item # that corresponds to your microscope slide power sensor.

Requesting a Calibration
Thorlabs provides two options for requesting a calibration:

  1. Complete the Returns Material Authorization (RMA) form. When completing the RMA form, please enter your name, contact information, the Part #, and the Serial # of the item being returned for calibration; in the Reason for Return field, select "I would like an item to be calibrated." All other fields are optional. Once the form has been submitted, a member of our RMA team will reach out to provide an RMA Number, return instructions, and to verify billing and payment information.
  2. Select the appropriate sensor calibration Item # below, enter the Part # and Serial # of the sensor that requires recalibration, and then Add to Cart. If you would like a console calibrated with your sensor, repeat this process for Item # CAL-PM1 or CAL-PM2 below, entering the console Item # and Serial #. A member of our RMA team will reach out to coordinate the return of the item(s) for calibration. Note that each console calibration Item # represents the cost of calibrating a console alone; if requesting a single-channel console calibration with a sensor calibration, the appropriate discount will be applied when your request is processed. Should you have other items in your cart, note that the calibration request will be split off from your order for RMA processing.

Please Note: To ensure your item being returned for calibration is routed appropriately once it arrives at our facility, please do not ship it prior to being provided an RMA Number and return instructions by a member of our team.

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CAL-PD Support Documentation
CAL-PD Recalibration Service for Single-Power-Range Silicon Photodiode Power Sensors
Part Number:  Serial Number:
$167.48
Lead Time
CAL-THPY Support Documentation
CAL-THPYRecalibration Service for Thermal Power and Pyroelectric Energy Sensors at 1064 nm
Part Number:  Serial Number:
$212.62
Lead Time

Recalibration of Power & Energy Meter Electronics

Calibration Service Item # Compatible Consoles & Interfaces
Single-Channel
CAL-PM1 PM100D, PM100A, PM400, PM100USB,
PM101 Series, PM102 Series, PM103 Series
Dual-Channel
CAL-PM2 PM5020, Previous-Generation PM320E

These recalibration services are for the power and/or energy meter electronics of our consoles and interfaces. To ensure accurate measurements, we recommend recalibrating annually. Recalibration of a single-channel console or interface is included with these sensor recalibration services at no additional cost. If you wish to calibrate one or more sensors with a dual-channel console, each sensor and console calibration service will need to be purchased individually. For more details on these recalibration services, please click the Documents () icons below. 

The table to the upper right lists the power and/or energy meter consoles and interfaces that can be calibrated using the CAL-PM1 and CAL-PM2 recalibration services.

Requesting a Calibration
Thorlabs provides two options for requesting a calibration:

  1. Complete the Returns Material Authorization (RMA) form. When completing the RMA form, please enter your name, contact information, the Part #, and the Serial # of each item being returned for calibration; in the Reason for Return field, select "I would like an item to be calibrated." All other fields are optional. Once the form has been submitted, a member of our RMA team will reach out to provide an RMA Number, return instructions, and to verify billing and payment information.
  2. Select the appropriate Item # below, enter the Part # and Serial # of the item that requires recalibration, and then Add to Cart. If you would like to calibrate one or more sensors with your console, repeat this process for the appropriate sensor recalibration service above, entering the console Item # and Serial #. A member of our RMA team will reach out to coordinate return of the item(s) for calibration. Note that each console calibration Item # represents the cost of calibrating a console alone; if requesting a single-channel console calibration with a sensor calibration, the appropriate discount will be applied when your request is processed. Should you have other items in your cart, note that the calibration request will be split off from your order for RMA processing.

Please Note: To ensure your item being returned for calibration is routed appropriately once it arrives at our facility, please do not ship it prior to being provided an RMA Number and return instructions by a member of our team.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
CAL-PM1 Support Documentation
CAL-PM1Recalibration of Single-Channel Power and/or Energy Meter Electronics
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$78.80
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CAL-PM2 Support Documentation
CAL-PM2Recalibration of Dual-Channel Power and Energy Meter Electronics
Part Number:  Serial Number:
$210.12
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Last Edited: Sep 12, 2013 Author: Tina Aragona