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CCD Camera Beam Profiler


  • 190 - 350 nm and 350 - 1100 nm Wavelength Ranges Available
  • Beam Diameter: 30 µm - 6.6 mm
  • For Continuous Wave, Pulsed Beams, and Single Pulses
  • M2 Measurement with Optional Extension Set

BC106N-UV

Filter Wheel with
6 Neutral Density
Filters Included

Post and Post Holder
Sold Separately

Versatile Software Package

Application Idea

Use the BC106N-VIS with the
M2MS M2 Extension Set to create a complete
beam quality measurement system.

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Item #BC106N-UV(/M)BC106N-VIS(/M)
Wavelength Range 190 - 350 nma 350 - 1100 nm
Power Range 50 fW - 1 Wb 1 fW - 1 Wc
Beam Diameter 30 µm - 6.6 mm
Compatible Light Sources CW, Pulsedd
Pulse Frequency 1 Hz - 50 kHz (Single Pulse Exposure),
Unlimited (Multi-Pulse Exposure)
  • Design range of Lumigen coating, sensitivity is given throughout 1100 nm but shows increased non-uniformity and noise compared to uncoated BC106N-VIS.
  • @ 200 nm, depending on Beam Diameter & ND Filter. See Specs and ND Filter tabs for details.
  • @ 550 nm, depending on Beam Diameter & ND Filter. See Specs and ND Filter tabs for details.
  • Damage threshold data is currently not available for our beam profilers. For use with pulsed lasers, we recommend the following procedure as a guideline for determining a safe upper limit: Set the beam profiler to the maximum integration time (i.e., set the exposure to 1 s). Slowly increase the power until your signal reaches approximately 50% of the intensity as shown in the Profile window of the Beam software package. Multiply this power by a factor of 10. This is the safe upper limit of the mean pulse power for the beam profiler.

Features

  • Full 2D Analysis of Complex Beam Profiles
  • For CW or Pulsed Laser Beam and Single Pulse Analysis
  • High Resolution: 1360 x 1024 Pixels
  • Low Noise: S/N ≥ 62 dB
  • 12-Bit CCD Camera
  • Large Sensor Area (8.77 mm x 6.6 mm) for Uniformity and Linearity
  • Removable, AR-Coated, Wedged Window Protects Sensor from Dust
  • User-Calibratable Power Readout
  • Auto Exposure from 20 µs to 1 s and Gain Control from 1x to 16x
  • Black Level and Ambient Light Compensation
  • External Shutter Trigger Input
  • Optional M² Extension Kit for Automated M² Analysis (See Below)

Thorlabs' Camera-Based Beam Profilers allow complex mode patterns (like flat top and donut) to be identified while optimizing a laser system. Compared to scanning slit beam profilers, camera beam profilers can capture a more detailed beam profile and provide a true 2D analysis of the beam's power density distribution.

These beam profilers are suited for use with either continuous wave or pulsed sources. Several trigger modes allow flexible capturing of single pulses, including a TTL input for triggered single pulse detection of signals with a repetition rate lower than 50 kHz. In non-trigger mode, pulses with repetition rates above 50 kHz will be seen as a continuous wave source by the beam profiler.

BC106N-UV Beam Profiler
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Front View of the BC106N-UV Beam Profiler

Each beam profiler contains a high-quality 12-bit CCD camera with an active sensor size of 8.77 mm x 6.6 mm, a resolution of 1.4 Megapixels, and a 20 µs minimum exposure time. Compared to CMOS profilers, the high-quality CCD camera offers excellent sensitivity and low noise and enhanced global shutter efficiency for improved exposure accuracy and uniformity. The automatic dark level calibration provides very stable dark currents independent of the device settings, eliminating the need to recalibrate the dark level for each user setting.

An integrated filter wheel with 6 high-quality neutral density (ND) filters allows the profiler to be adapted for use with beam intensities from femtowatts to 1 W (see the Specs and ND Filter tabs for details). Each filter housing is internally SM05 (0.535"-40) threaded for easy integration with Thorlabs' lens tube systems and mounts for other optical components such as additional attenuation filters. An 8-32 (M4) tap on the side of the beam profiler housing and 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) taps on the bottom of the housing allow for two different mounting orientations.

The integrated power meter can be user calibrated and is perfectly suited for simultaneous power and beam shape optimization without the need for an external power meter. A measured mean value of the ambient light intensity is subtracted from the beam profile measurement so as to compensate for ambient light. The automatic exposure and gain control feature adapts the camera settings to the actual beam intensity. The USB 2.0 interface allows up to 10 full frames per second at full resolution. Measurements at higher frame rates can be achieved and transferred with reduced frame sizes.

The BC106N Beam Profilers are shipped with Thorlabs' Beam software package. Features of the software package are listed under the User Interface tab. Thorlabs' Beam software can be downloaded via the links on the Software tab, along with programming reference guides for LabVIEW™, Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual Basic.

Extension sets are available below to convert these camera beam profilers into a fully-automated M² measurement system. Thorlabs also offers a scanning slit beam profiler, as well as a complete M² analysis systems with the beam profiler included.

Power Operating Range vs. Beam Diameter
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The neutral density filter will begin to heat up and can be damaged if exposed to incident powers above 1 W for more than a few seconds.
Power Operating Range vs. Beam Diameter
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The neutral density filter will begin to heat up and can be damaged if exposed to incident powers above 1 W for more than a few seconds.
Relative Spectral Response
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The graph above shows the relative reponse curves of the BC106N-VIS and the BC106N-UV without the use of an ND filter. The blue-shaded region marks the specified operating wavelength range for the BC106N-UV, while the white shaded region is this range for the BC106N-VIS. The Lumigen coating on the CCD in the BC106N-UV increases the chip response at lower wavelengths, at the expense of sensitivity at visible wavelengths.
Item # BC106N-UV(/M) BC106N-VIS(/M)
Wavelength Range 190 - 350 nma 350 - 1100 nm
Power Range 50 fW - 1 Wb 1 fW - 1 Wc
Beam Diameter 30 µm - 6.6 mm
Compatible Light Sources CW, Pulsedd
Pulse Frequency 1 Hz - 50 kHz (Single Pulse Exposure),
Unlimited (Multi-Pulse Exposure)
Absorptive Neutral Density Filters
Nominal Values 20 dB, 30 dB, 40 dB 20 dB, 40 dB, 60 dB
(Two Sets)e
AR Coating Wavelength Range 350 - 700 nmf 350 - 700 nm (Three Filters)
650 - 1050 nm (Three Filters)
Reflective Neutral Density Filters
Nominal Values 20 dB, 30 dB, 40 dB N/A
AR Coating (Back Side of Filter) 220 to 240 nmg N/A
Sensor
Coating Lumigena None
Chip 2/3" Sony EXview HAD™ CCD
Sensor ICX285AL, Windowless
Aperture Size (Max) 8.77 mm x 6.6 mm
Pixel Size 6.45 µm x 6.45 µm
Resolution (Max) 1360 x 1024 pixels, ROI Selectable
Camera
Shutter Global
Max. Frame Rate @ Full Resolution 10 fpsh
Frame Rate @ 640 x 480 >27 fpsh
Frame Rate @ 320 x 240 >43 fpsh
Image Digitization 8 bit (0 - 255 Digits) or
12 bit (0 - 4095 Digits)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio ≥62 dB
Exposure Range 20 µs - 1 s
Gain Range 1x - 16x
Image Capture Modes Single Frame, Continuous, Hardware Triggered
Sensor Distance to Front
Filter HolderSurfacei
14.0 mm (0.55")
Interfaces
Trigger Input TTL Level , BNC Jack
Trigger Delay 42 µs - 1 s, Programmable
PC Interface High Speed USB 2.0
General
Operating Temperature 5 to 35 °C
Storage Temperature -40 to 70 °C
Physical Size (H x W x D) 80 mm x 80 mm x 36.5 mm
Including Base Plate, Filter Wheel and Filters
Weight 310 g
Mounting 1/4"-20 (M6) and 8-32 (M4) Taps on Bottom,
8-32 (M4) Tap on Side
Power Supply 2.4 W, USB Bus Powered
Safety CE Compliant
  • Design range of Lumigen coating, sensitivity is given throughout 1100 nm but shows increased non-uniformity and noise compared to uncoated BC106N-VIS. Wavelength range of supplied UV ND filters start at 220 nm.
  • @ 200 nm, depending on Beam Diameter and ND Filter.
  • @ 550 nm, depending on Beam Diameter and ND Filter.
  • Damage threshold data is currently not available for our beam profilers. For use with pulsed lasers, we recommend the following procedure as a guideline for determining a safe upper limit: Set the beam profiler to the maximum integration time (i.e., set the exposure to 1 s). Slowly increase the power until your signal reaches approximately 50% of the intensity as shown in the Profile window of the Beam software package. Multiply this power by a factor of 10. This is the safe upper limit of the mean pulse power for the beam profiler.
  • One set of filters is AR coated for the 350 nm to 700 nm range while the other is AR coated for the 650 nm to the 1050 nm range. See the ND Filters tab for more information and coating curves.
  • These filters are provided for use near the 350 nm upper wavelength range of the BC106N-UV(/M). See the ND Filters tab for more information.
  • The AR-coating on the non-reflective side of these filters provides <0.25% average reflectivity over this specified wavelength range. The filter still provides attenuation outside of this region (as shown on the ND Filters tab), but the the AR coating will not perform as well.
  • Highly dependent on PC processor and graphic adapter performance.
  • Please click here for a detailed drawing that shows the distance between the sensor position and the various edges of the beam profiler's housing.

All technical data are valid at 25 ± 5 °C and 45 ± 15% relative humidity.

Neutral Density Filters

Six neutral density (ND) filters are included with each CCD camera beam profiler. The absportive ND filters have antireflection (AR) coatings on both sides, while the reflective ND filters that come with the BC106N-UV have an AR coating on their non-reflective surface. This feature, combined with a 30 arcminute wedge, reduces artifacts in the measured beam profile that result from internal reflections in the filter. The plots below show the filter attenuation curves in dB. The equivalent % transmission is provided in the raw data file for each filter set.

ND Filters Included with BC106N-UV(/M)
Type Reflective Absorptive
AR Coating Wavelength Range 220 nm to 340 nma 350 nm to 700 nmb
Nominal Filter Attenuation 20 dB 30 dB 40 dB 20 dB 30 dB 40 dB
Item # NDUV520B NDUV530B NDUV540B NE520B-A NE530B-A N/Ac
Filter Wheel Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • The AR-coating on the non-reflective side of these filters provides <0.25% average reflectivity over this specified wavelength range. The filter still provides attenuation outside of this region (as shown in the plot below), but the the AR coating will not perform as well.
  • This is the specified wavelength range for optimum performance of the AR coating. These filters are included for use near the upper limit of the BC106N-UV's wavelength range, since the camera is also sensitive to short wavelength visible light. The filter still provides attenuation outside of this region (as shown in the plot below), but the the AR performance is not specified over this range.
  • This filter is not available separately.

BC106N-UV(/M)

The BC106N-UV comes with six neutral density filters, three of which are absorptive and three are reflective. The three reflective ND filters have an AR coating for the 220 to 340 nm range on their non-reflective surface. Since the BC106N-UV's camera is also sensitive to short wavelength visible light (see the relative response curve on the Specs tab), three absorptive ND filters with an AR coating on both sides are included for use near the 350 nm upper limit of the specified wavelength range.

ND Filters Included with BC106N-VIS(/M)
Type Absorptive Absorptive
AR Coating Wavelength Range 350 nm to 700 nm 650 nm to 1050 nm
Nominal Filter Attenuation 20 dB 40 dB 60 dB 20 dB 40 dB 60 dB
Item # NE520B-A N/Aa NE560B-A NE520B-B N/Aa NE560B-B
Filter Wheel Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • These filters are not available separately.

BC106N-VIS(/M)

The BC106N-VIS comes with six absorptive ND filters. The filters have an AR coating deposited on both sides, with one set coated for the 350 nm to 700 nm range and the other coated for the 650 to 1050 nm range.

Neutral Density Filter Loss Curves
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The graph above shows the filter attenuation with respect to wavelength for the six filters included with the BC106N-UV. The absorptive filters are recommended for use near the 350 nm upper limit of the BC106N-UV's operating wavelength range.
Neutral Density Filter Loss Curves
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Click for Raw Data
The graph above shows the filter attenuation with respect to wavelength for the six filters included with the BC106N-VIS.
Neutral Density Filter Loss Curves
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The graph above provides an example of the performance of the AR coating applied the reflective ND filters that are included with the BC106N-UV(/M). The coating is designed to provide less than 0.25% average reflectance over the blue-shaded region.
Neutral Density Filter Loss Curves
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The graph above provides an example of the performance of the AR coating applied to three of the filters that are included with the BC106N-VIS(/M) and the absorptive ND filters included with the BC106N-UV(/M). The coating is designed to provide less than 0.5% average reflectance over the designated coating range. More information on the coating performance may be found here.
Neutral Density Filter Loss Curves
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The graph provides and example of the performance the AR coating applied to three of the filters that are included with the BC106N-VIS(/M). The coating is designed to provide less than 0.5% average reflectance over the specified AR coating range. More information on the coating performance may be found here.

Trigger Input

BNC Female

BNC Female

Do not exceed -0.5 V ... +6.5 V. Input Impedence > 100 kΩ

Computer Connection

USB Type Mini-B

USB Type Mini B

USB Type Mini-B to Type A Cable Included

Main Window

Beam Profiler General Window
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The main window of the GUI includes the menu bar, tool bar, status bar, and a frame where several windows can be displayed. This version of the Main Window includes several panels: Beam Settings, Calculation Results, 2D Projection, and 3D Profile. The Beam Settings Panel displays all important information in a single location; this panel can be unpinned from the main window and moved to a second location, such as another monitor.

Thorlabs Beam Software for the BC106N Beam Profilers

  • GUI with Adjustable Layout: Windows with Different Measurement Results
    can be Rearranged and Resized within the Workspace
  • 2D and 3D Views of the Beam Profile
    • Selectable Overlays such as Peak, Centroid, and Cut Profiles
    • 3D View is Fully Rotatable
  • M² and Divergence Measurements Compliant with ISO 11146
  • Data Export:
    • Results can be Exported from Windows in Different Formats
    • Sequential Saving
  • Pass/Fail Tests with Customizable, Lockable and Saveable Pass/Fail Parameters
  • Power Correction Available for Absolute Power Measurements
  • Supports TSP01 for Temperature Logging During Long-Term Measurements

Thorlabs' Camera Beam Profilers, Scanning Slit Beam Profilers, and M² Measurement Systems all use the Thorlabs Beam software package. The screenshots below highlight key features and measurement modes that can be used with our camera beam profilers, including 2D projections of the beam profile and measurement of the beam stability and position. If an M² Extension Set (available below) is added to the system, the software also enables M² and beam divergence measurements.

The latest version of the Beam software package can be downloaded from the Software tab.

2D Projection of the Beam Profile

Beam Profiler 2D View
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The 2D Projection graph shows the image from the Beam Profiler indicating the power intensity distribution within the selected Region of Interest (ROI). Buttons along the side allow users to save the image, show or hide the x and y scales, mark the centroid or peak positions, and display an approximated Beam Ellipse superimposed on the image.

Calculation Results

The Calculation Results window displays the results of calculations performed by the software, including beam width, centroid and peak positions, power, ellipticity, and fits of the beam profile. This panel also includes a Pass/Fail test. For each parameter, a minimum or maximum can be set as criteria. After the calculations are complete, the user can save them in .txt, csv, or .xls format. In addition to saving single measurement results, diagrams, and device data, the software can automatically sequentially save this information for a series of measurements.

Beam Stability

Beam Stability
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The Beam Stability Window allows the stability versus time to be recorded and viewed. Display options include the Centroid Positions, Latest Plotted Centroid, Rolling Centroid Positions, Reference Positions, and Smallest Enclosing Circle.

Plot Centroid and Peak Positions

Plot Position
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The positions of the X and Y peak and X and Y centroid positions can be displayed as a function of time in this window.

M2 Measurements

M² Measurements
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The beam diameter and location of the beam waist are shown after an M² analysis has been performed. Note: This functionality is only enabled when one of the M² analysis systems is connected to the PC.

Divergence Measurements

Divergence Measurements
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The divergence of the beam is shown after an M² analysis has been performed. Note: This functionality is only enabled when one of the M² analysis systems is connected to the PC.
System Requirements
Operating System Windows® 7 (32 Bit), 7 x64 Edition (64 Bit)
8.1 (32 Bit), 8.1 x64 Edition (64 Bit),
10 (32 Bit), or 10 x64 Edition (64 Bit)
Connectivity USB 2.0 High Speed Port
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 758 Pixel (Min),
≥16 Bit Color Depth
Processor (CPU) Minimum Pentium 4 (2.6 GHz Min),
Intel or A64 3000+ AMD (3.0 GHz Min)
Recommended Intel Core 2 i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 (3.0 GHz Min) 
Memory (RAM) Minimum 4.0 GB RAM
Recommended 8.0 GB RAM
Graphics Adapter Required OpenGL (Specification GLX 1.3 Up)
Minimum Radeon: X100 Series ≥X850, 
X1000 Series ≥X1600, HD Series ≥2400;
Geforce: 7 Series ≥7600,
8 Series ≥8500, 9 Series ≥9600;
Quadro: FX Series ≥FX770M
Recommended Radeon: HD Series ≥7000;
Geforce: GTX Series ≥500;

Software Packages for Thorlabs' Beam Profilers

The Beam software package can be downloaded by clicking on the Software button below. The software download page also offers programming reference notes for interfacing with our beam profilers using LabVIEW™, Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual Basic. Please see the Programming Reference tab on the software download page for more information and download links.

Features

  • Settings Panel Displays All Important Parameters in a Central Location
  • Customizable Calculation Results
    • Measured Parameters can be Individually Hidden
    • Adjustable Row Heights
    • Enhanced Beam Stability Window Measures and Displays the
      Smallest Enclosing Circle Around the Centroid Point Cloud
  • Alignment Wizard to Aid in Correctly Aligning the M2MS M2 Measurement Systems
  • Language Settings of English, German, or Chinese

Software

Version 7.0.4133.305 (November 14, 2017)

Standard full version of software package for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows with driver and graphical user interface for operating the device in standard applications.

Software Download
Item # Beam Profiler Filter Wheel with Neutral Density Filters Accessories
BC106N-UV(/M) Camera Beam Profiler for 190 - 350 nm Reflective ND Filters (240 nm - 350 nm AR Coating on Back Surface):
20 dB, 30 dB, 40 dB
Absorptive ND Filters with Coating for 350 - 700 nm:a
20 dB, 30 dB, 40 dB
A to Mini B USB 2.0 Cable, 3.0 m
Quick Start Guide
BC106N-VIS(/M) Camera Beam Profiler for 350 - 1100 nm Absorptive ND Filters with Coating for 350 - 700 nm:
20 dB, 40 dB, 60 dB
Absorptive ND Filters with Coating for 650 - 1050 nm:
20 dB, 40 dB, 60 dB
  • These filters are provided for use near the 350 nm upper wavelength range of the BC106N-UV(/M); they are not designed for UV wavelengths.

Posted Comments:
thomas.schnider  (posted 2018-10-10 12:20:41.923)
Hi Thorlabs Team, In addtion to all the great feature the beam software has, it would be very usefull to have a video capture function. Currently what I do as a workaround is using a screen recorder software. Appreciated if you internally discuss my suggestion.
nreusch  (posted 2018-10-16 05:53:41.0)
This is a response from Nicola at Thorlabs. Thank you for your suggestion and for sharing your workaround! We might not be able to implement that in the near future, but I will contact you directly to better understand the requirements of your specific application.
ccheng  (posted 2018-08-06 12:28:39.393)
Hi, The beam image exhibits a "scratch" on one of our cameras. I am wondering how to take apart to inspect the array or the back side of the #1 attenuator. Could you send me an instruction? Thanks a lot.
swick  (posted 2018-08-08 06:08:17.0)
This is a response from Sebastian at Thorlabs. Thank you for the inquiry. In order to inspect the backside of the ND Filters you can remove the ND- Filter Wheel. Instructions for this can be found in the manual at chapter 3.2. I contacted you directly for further assistance.
emanuele.polino  (posted 2018-07-04 16:31:07.09)
Dear Thorlabs team, We have a BC106N-VIS/M , and since now, after months, it worked well. Yesterday we disconnected the camera from pc and reconnecting it just after, the camera can't be seen by the software. We tried with different computers, connection cables, and reinstalled softwares, but the device, although it is visible in the pc it is not seen in the software, neither when we try to refresh ''Device Selection''. Light is green. Have you any suggestion to solve this problem?
swick  (posted 2018-07-06 04:21:52.0)
This is a response from Sebastian at Thorlabs. Thank you for the inquiry. I contacted you directly for troubleshooting.
gdamerose  (posted 2018-02-07 10:49:41.99)
Dear Thorlabs team, I ordered a BC106N-UV last june, and since it worked great on same laptop computer. But today, I cannot mahe it work. When I open software no informations is displayed in ''Beam Profiler Information'' nether when I try to refresh ''Device Selection''. I tried different USB cables, 3 PCs and software update from last november found on your website. Light is green and driver seems to install correctly. Is it a call for a RMA, please help, thank you.
wskopalik  (posted 2018-02-08 03:04:52.0)
This is a response from Wolfgang at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry! I will contact you directly to provide further assistance with this issue. We will probably need to make an RMA in this case.
himics.laszlo  (posted 2017-11-17 12:12:09.42)
The recently ordered BC106N-VIS/M is not working properly. First, it was hard to install (the connection between notebook and device was feasible only on the 3rd computer). Secondly, it regularly loses the connection with Thorlabs Beam 7.0 software and to reconnect takes more than 1 hour or even it is not possible for a long time. What can be wrong? In my opinion, it is due to some electronic contact problem, but I am not sure.
wskopalik  (posted 2017-11-22 03:29:45.0)
This is a response from Wolfgang at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry! Issues like this can be caused if the beam profiler doesn't get enough power from the USB port which can e.g. be due to a bad USB cable or also an issue with the USB port. I will contact you directly to troubleshoot this issue in more detail.
tim.cyr  (posted 2017-10-25 16:34:05.203)
Where can a find a downloadable spec/user manual for the BC106 beam profiler? I see the web pages, but I don't see any links to any downloadable documentation (other than the software). I don't want to be a slave to the web or have to download all the charts and such piecemeal.
wskopalik  (posted 2017-10-26 05:53:01.0)
This is a response from Wolfgang at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. You can find all the available documents when you click on the red document icon left of the part number in the overview tab of this website. This will open a pop-up window with links to the documents. For all other products on the website this is the same. I will also contact you directly.
dmkim  (posted 2017-10-03 14:59:41.893)
On a new windows 7 install, I get the error on ver 7 when I try to launch it for the first time: "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click OK to close the application". Also tried ver 6.2b.
swick  (posted 2017-10-05 03:39:46.0)
This is a response from Sebastian at Thorlabs. Thank you for the inquiry. I have contacted you directly for troubleshooting.
user  (posted 2017-07-24 10:58:06.493)
More mounting options would be nice. It's difficult to use the BC106N with any kind of lens tube or cage system. The other cameras are nicer in that regard. The BC106N is overkill for a lot of beam measurements, but unfortunately it's the only windowless camera you have and the only one that works with your beam profiling software (I think).
swick  (posted 2017-07-28 03:21:45.0)
This is a response from Sebastian at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for the feedback. At the time for BC106N, lens tubes and cage systems can only be attached via SM05 thread at the filter wheel. We offer some cameras with removable window (e.g. DCC1545M or DCU223M), however, at the time it can not be used with our Beam Profiler software. We will internally discuss your suggestions.
itay.bloch.m  (posted 2017-07-09 16:53:37.353)
Dear Thorlabs, I have the BC106N-VIS/M, and I have ecountered a simple yet very annoying problem when using the product. The cable provided with the product is rather short, and when I try to use an extending cable- the connection either doesn't work, or is only able to pass frame per 0.5 sec (instead of at least 10 frames per sec). I have tried dozens of different extention cables, as well as more elaborate ones that have additional power input-but to no avail. I have the same problem with my beam profiler (BP209-vis/M). I was wondering whether you have an official USB extention cord, or can give me another solution. Thanks and Best Regards
wskopalik  (posted 2017-07-10 05:14:44.0)
This is a response from Wolfgang at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The camera as well as the scanning slit beam profilers are indeed quite sensitive when it comes to the USB connection. We have a longer USB cable which is normally included with the M2 measurement system and has been tested with these profilers. It has a length of 3.0 m as opposed to the included cable which is only 1.5 m long. I will contact you directly to send you cables of this type for the profilers you have. We will also change the bill of material for these profilers so the longer cable will be included in the future.
asha  (posted 2017-06-25 21:13:32.27)
The price of the equipment is listed to be $4,295.00. Does this price cover the software cost also. Thanks
wskopalik  (posted 2017-06-26 04:16:31.0)
This is a response from Wolfgang at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The software for Thorlabs' beam profilers is free of charge. You can download it here on the website in the tab "Software". It works with our camera profilers as well as our scanning slit profilers. I have contacted you directly to provide further assistance.
dirk.lorenser  (posted 2016-12-23 14:42:26.017)
I used to have a Spiricon beamprofiler with a Si image sensor which surprisingly worked quite well beyond the 1100nm bandgap limit for Silicon due to some weird parasitic effects in the semiconductor. The responsivity was much lower than in the wavelength range below 1100nm but we used it successfully to beam profile at 1300nm wavelengths for OCT systems. Have you ever tested if your CCD also responds to 1300nm beams ? The parasitic responsivity drops off quite sharp around 1320nm, so you need to test a light source that has some spectral power below 1320nm.
wskopalik  (posted 2016-12-23 08:14:11.0)
This is a response from Wolfgang at Thorlabs. Thank you for the inquiry. The BC106N-VIS has been tested at 1310nm. It still has a slight responsivity there which is however orders of magnitude lower than in the specified range (i.e. 350 - 1100 nm). Beams with enough power could still be measured, but we can't tell how accurate these measurements would be. For accurate measurements we cannot recommend to use the BC106N profilers outside of their specified wavelength ranges. I have contacted you directly to discuss this in more detail.
songminsoo  (posted 2016-10-07 15:51:08.727)
Few months ago, I bought BC106N-VIS/M through Korea vendor 'AInnoTech'. Untill last week, we didn't use it, and this week we tried to use it after install S/W ver.6.2. But we got a trouble. This S/W can't display 2D or 3D image. When detector is illuminated by laser beam which has 1 mm of diameter, only measurement in X-axis work well, not in Y-axis. In Y-axis, S/W shows that it is ~6 mm of diameter everytime. If the laser beam is rotated by 90 degree, even S/W shows that 1 mm diameter in X-axis, and 6 mm diamter in Y-axis. Please let me know the solution.
swick  (posted 2016-10-07 03:17:19.0)
This is a response from Sebastian at Thorlabs. Thank you for the inquiry. The software of our Beam Profilers, Thorlabs Beam, can display beam profiles in 2D and 3D. For this please see manual on page 59 and 61. I have contacted you directly for troubleshooting and assistance.
425216406  (posted 2016-08-18 15:43:45.44)
Dear Thorlabs-Team, as requested in a previous post: I would like to read out the BC106N-VIS from MATLAB. Would you mind to send me some information on how to read out the beam profiler via a serial connection (or otherwise). If you do not have MATLAB code available I also appreciate any general input on how to do it (or C/C++ code). Thanks very much in advance! Newman
swick  (posted 2016-08-18 04:48:19.0)
This is are response from Sebastian at Thorlabs. Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately we have no MATLAB example code available at the time but can provide codes for other applications which can be converted with the beam profiler driver and commands to a beam profiler suitable application. We will contact you directly to provide more information on how to do that and send you an example code in C_sharp.
clesch  (posted 2016-05-24 14:05:16.643)
Dear Madam or Sir, I'd like to know whether it is possible to measure the beam profile in real time, or at least get an estimate in real time, with this product and if, at which speed (i.e. framerate). Kind regards Clemens Schäfermeier DTU Physics
shallwig  (posted 2016-05-25 03:19:56.0)
This is are response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you for your inquiry. It is possible to measure the beam profile in real time. We specify for the camera a maximum frame rate of 10 fps at full resolution (1360 x 1024 pixel). At 640 x 480 pix >27 fps and at 320 x 240 pix >43 fps. Please note that these frame rates are highly depending on PC processor and graphic adapter performance. I will contact you directly to discuss your application in more detail.
sean-mattingly  (posted 2016-02-29 14:09:09.023)
First of all, this beam profiler is great. Excellent software API and resolution at the price. Newport doesn't even offer an API of this scale for their profilers! I have a technical question about using the software API of this beam profiler. Does there exist a solution in which I can readout using a C or C++ API results from the camera while the included Thorlabs Beam program is running? I have implemented a process which uses Windows RPC in order to acquire laser data remotely with this beam profiler, using the static .libs in IVI Foundation. Unfortunately, when this program is open, the beam profiler cannot be connected to with Thorlabs Beam, since my C++ RPC server has made its own connection. As a result, I must shut down my RPC server in order to view the beam using Thorlabs Beam. I ask since I would like to be able to monitor the beam profiler data in real time while I am pulling it. Perhaps there is a shared memory .dll file the Thorlabs Beam program uses I could dynamically link to?
shallwig  (posted 2016-03-03 09:22:32.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your feedback and your inquiry. It is only possible controlling the beam profiler from one program instance at the same time. But it is possible to stream the calculation results by using the “network variables”. This feature is a data interface for handing over to an external program environment the following parameters: saturation, total power, centroid positions X and Y, 4-sigma width X and Y. The “Sequential Saving” feature also allows you to save images which could be used in another program environment for further analysis. This way the GUI can be used while pulling data at the same time. I will contact you directly to check which data you need and check your application in more detail.
john.sandford-oneill  (posted 2016-02-25 10:27:15.233)
I have a problem with this beam profiler/accompanying software. When saving a 2D projection the images do not have the same number of pixels as the size of the CCD even though the full size of the detector is selected. Are the images being scaled? This makes it difficult to analyse these images in other software.
shallwig  (posted 2016-02-25 11:26:27.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The images saved directly from the 2D projection window get scaled but you can also save the raw images by using the export function. It is described in the manual on page 74 how to do that. http://www.thorlabs.com/thorcat/MTN/BC106N-UV-Manual.pdf Here you can select between . raw .bmp and . tiff to save the true data for further analysis. I will contact you directly to check if you have any further questions.
tabitha.a.joiner  (posted 2016-02-10 09:12:50.083)
Where is this product manufactured? I need to comply with the Buy American Act.
shallwig  (posted 2016-02-11 06:27:35.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The Camera as well as the Slit beam profilers get manufactured in Germany. I will contact directly to check any further questions.
fcouweleers  (posted 2015-12-14 10:25:07.997)
the specs say that the distance from sensor distance to surface is 16.7mm but also that it is 6.65"? the drawing says that the distance is 12.2mm?
shallwig  (posted 2015-12-14 09:10:41.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your feedback. The distance in the Specs on our website is a typo. The correct distance is 12.2mm as shown in the drawing. We will correct that. I will contact you and check if you have any further questions.
wchill  (posted 2015-09-30 21:27:46.013)
I'm having a recognition problem with my BC-106VIS (the older type with 4 filter slots on the wheel). It has worked for months (including this morning), but now the BEAM 6.0 software does not recognize the device. My computer does- it is plugged in and has power (the light is on), and if I go into Windows Device Manager it recognizes the device as "BC106 Camera Beam Profiler". I've restarted the computer, and at the request of a technical representative via phone, I've uninstalled and reinstalled the software and drivers with no luck. Only one time I received an error message regarding an issue with device firmware (unfortunately I did not write down the message). Is there a way to update the firmware beyond the method listed in the manual (for hot pixel correction)? I cannot access the device manager in Beam 6.0 since the device is not recognized by the software, so I need to update the firmware using a different method. Thanks!
shallwig  (posted 2015-10-01 09:08:54.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your feedback and please apologize the problems you face your BC106 Camera Beam Profiler. I will contact you directly to troubleshoot this in more detail.
ian.howard  (posted 2015-08-12 11:24:11.863)
Have a problem with hot Pixel correction. Using Thorlabs Beam Software with newly purchased BC106N, the Firmware Version of the camera is recognized as 13.13. The Manual states that 13.20 is required for hot Pixel correction. However the Software allows me to use/start correction then throws up an error rather than offering me a link to upgrade Firmware. How can I upgrade Firmware manually to resolve this problem? Thanks
shallwig  (posted 2015-08-12 09:55:21.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. I am sorry for the problems you face with our beam profiler here. For beam profilers with FW 13.13 installed the firmware update dialog is supposed to pop up when you check the hot pixel correction in the software as described in the manual on page 61 and click “update Firmware”. I will contact you directly to check the error message which pops up in your case and how this can be solved.
yongsoo.lee  (posted 2015-06-18 01:02:51.75)
I bought your CCD camera OS of my pc is windows7 64bit. After installing the SW, runtime error r6030 was happend. How can I solve this problem.
shallwig  (posted 2015-06-18 05:47:32.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry and pleas apologize the problems you face with the beam profiler software. The runtime error r6030 can occur on Japanese and Chinese operating systems when Microsoft office is installed. This error is caused by changing the input method editor (IME) after installation of MSOffice 2010. In the manual on page 143 http://www.thorlabs.de/thorcat/MTN/BC106N-UV-Manual.pdf you can find a screenshot showing how to resolve this by setting the IME back to standard Microsoft IME. I will contact you directly to troubleshoot this in more detail.
johan.stigwall  (posted 2015-06-15 18:05:42.657)
Hi, just like the previous poster I would also like to read out the beam profiler image using Matlab.
shallwig  (posted 2015-06-17 06:22:47.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately there is no MATLAB example code available so far but we have codes for other applications which can be converted with the beam profiler driver and commands to a beam profiler suitable application. We will contact you directly to provide you with more information how to do that in detail.
alexludwig.klein  (posted 2015-05-09 02:01:00.093)
Dear Thorlabs-Team, as requested in a previous post: I would like to read out the BC106N-VIS from MATLAB. Would you mind to send me some information on how to read out the beam profiler via a serial connection (or otherwise). If you do not have MATLAB code available I also appreciate any general input on how to do it (or C/C++ code). Thanks very much in advance! Alexander
tschalk  (posted 2015-05-11 05:26:33.0)
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. After installing the beam software you can find a C example in the following location of your computer: C:\Program Files (x86)\IVI Foundation\VISA\WinNT\TLBC1\Examples. A Matlab code is currently not available but i will contact you directly with more detailed information.
n.bayarjargal  (posted 2015-03-03 02:47:59.75)
Dear Thorlabs, I would like to report on malfunctioning of the software version 6. 1. I wanted to save image by using File -> Export device data when the Device setting window is open, unfortunately, this results in sudden close of the whole software. Hoping that you could fix this error, I'm sending the error message which is "ThorlabsBeamApplication.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close." Error codes are: AppVer: 6.0.785.2502 ModName: bc1source.dll ModVer: 6.0.785.2502 Offset: 000086f0 This never happened to previous versions such as 4.0. When Device setting window is closed, Export device data works well. But it is useful to have them both open which was the case in V4.0. 2. When I try to save image by using Save in 2D Projection window, it re-scales and save the image. This is not acceptable and completely misleading when you want to have the raw data of your experiment. I think it should save the raw data or at least you could give us option to choose. 3. Can you please tell me how the Spectrum color scale correlates to the Gray scale image? Apparently your the Spectrum color scaling doesn't match with Matlab jet color scale. So when you accidentally obtain image with Spectrum color scale, there is no way to convert it to Gray scale. Thank you very much for your help in advance. Sincerely, Bayarjargal
shallwig  (posted 2015-03-09 04:41:43.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your feedback. The sudden close of the software when using the export device function with open device setting window is a bug we fixed already. I will send you a link from where you can download a version where this bug is fixed. To your second inquiry, we are working on a new implementation which will allow you to save the 2D projection without this reescalation. So that you can choose between raw data and a rescaled image as you suggested. Thank you for this hint. Regarding your third inquiry, you can find under the following path C:\Program Files\Thorlabs\Beam\LUTs .lut files which are ordinary text file with nine columns and 256 rows. The first three columns have 256 entries, the last six columns only 129. Each value represents a 8 bit intensity (0- 255) of R(ed), G(reen) and B(lue), respectively. The first three columns represent the linear scale of a user-made color scale, the next three columns the logarithmic scale and the last three columns the quad scale. In the software in the application settings you can choose the color scale and between logarithmic, linear and Quad (see page 73 in the manual http://www.thorlabs.com/thorcat/MTN/BC106N-UV-Manual.pdf) From the corresponding .lut file you can copy the RGB values into a new .txt file and make the grey scale assignment for each pixel. Thank you again for this valuable feedback, I have contacted you directly to discuss your inquiries in more detail.
smh231  (posted 2014-12-01 16:28:50.85)
I have the same issue as described below on labview 2013 (windows 7) the beam software works correctly but on running the labview sample software no devices are detected (with the beam software off). Any assistance would be appreciated.
shallwig  (posted 2014-12-02 05:21:10.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. We have contacted you directly to troubleshoot this problem.
alexkorom  (posted 2013-07-02 20:40:52.173)
alexkorom@gmail.com tschalk please send me Labview VI sample for Thorlabs Beam 5.0 BC-106-vis, Poster: tschalk Posted Date: 2013-01-04 11:53:00.0 This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. If you are using the software Thorlabs Beam 4.0 than the LabVIEW VIs are located here: C:\Users\User\Documents\Thorlabs\Thorlabs Beam\Samples\ThorlabsBeamSampleLabView. If you are using the advanced beta version I can send the VIs via email.
tschalk  (posted 2013-07-03 05:41:00.0)
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. I will send you the VIs via email.
user  (posted 2013-06-27 10:10:41.85)
- Version 5.0 The software is not being able to calibrate saturation level on its own. It was better in 4.0, but now I how to decrease exp.t manually so that the sensor is not saturated. - When saving images with "export" from File menu, It automatically disables the use of all other menus. I think I should be able to toggle between saving pop up screen and other pop ups simultaneously without closing the saving pop-up.
tschalk  (posted 2013-07-02 05:15:00.0)
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. If you enable the function "auto exposure control" the exposure time is set automatically by the software. Regarding the file export, we will enable the functionality to toggle between the saving screen and other screens in future versions of the beam software. If you have any additional questions please contact me under europe@thorlabs.com.
hbhudi  (posted 2013-04-29 22:38:19.017)
I meet a problem after using it for a while. The software 'Thorlabs Beams 5.0' shows 'the device has been moved' whenever I start to configure the 'device setting'. Can you help me out of this? Thanks
jvigroux  (posted 2013-04-30 11:50:00.0)
a response from Julien at Thorlabs: thank you for your message. This error could have several potential origin and could be related either to a hardware problem or to a software one. I will contact you directly to help solving the problem.
john.f.burris  (posted 2013-03-19 10:32:03.887)
I have a bc-106-uv beam profiler and would like to know what the maximum peak power/ per pulse energy is for beams incident on the 40dB filter and the bare detector. The ranges given in 7.4.1(p149) and on the chart in 3.4.9 (p75) appear to be for CW and not pulsed operation. John Burris Code 694 Goddard Space Flight Center
jlow  (posted 2013-03-21 16:10:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Unfortunately we do not have data about the damage threshold for pulsed lasers. We will get in contact with you to discuss about your application in more detail.
hadi.abidin  (posted 2013-02-11 15:14:50.523)
Is the BC106-VIS+ M² Beam analysis can withstand vacuum enviroment(ie 100mBar). Thank you
tschalk  (posted 2013-01-04 11:53:00.0)
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. If you are using the software Thorlabs Beam 4.0 than the LabVIEW VIs are located here: C:\Users\User\Documents\Thorlabs\Thorlabs Beam\Samples\ThorlabsBeamSampleLabView. If you are using the advanced beta version I can send the VIs via email.
arrow167  (posted 2013-01-04 03:58:00.23)
Where can i find labview drivers for BC106 beam profiler? Could you send me these files to e-mail? Thank you.
jvigroux  (posted 2012-12-03 08:11:00.0)
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. We have created a new software version including the plugin also in the debug state. I will send you this version and we will upload it on our website as release candidate in the next few days.
ebenson  (posted 2012-11-28 23:54:13.413)
I have run into a problem trying to use the IBeamProfiler plugin. I am using Qt with mingw, the plugin was compiled in Qt using MSVC. I get an “incompatible plugin” error when trying to load it since Qt requires the plugin to match the application in Qt version, compiler type and release/debug state also. I have installed the LabWindows/CVI runtime (from nilwcvirte2010sp1.exe) but there is no GUI or application that allows me to see or configure the NI variables. Do you have a code snippet in C that shows me how to access the ThorlabsBeam NI variables?
jlow  (posted 2012-08-28 11:39:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We do not have MatLab sample code but we do have a sample code for C++. I will get in contact with you directly on some resources on converting C++ code to MatLab.
danylopfiqui  (posted 2012-08-27 17:05:46.0)
Hello. I would like to operate the BC106-VIS profiler from a windows platform and MATLAB, via USB. I don't understand how to proceed, and the documentation does not help much. I just need to establish a serial port connection, command the camera parameters (expodure time, gain), and trigger picture acquisition and transfer to the computer... how can I do that, or where can I find information ? Thanks, Dany.
jvigroux  (posted 2012-05-29 11:11:00.0)
a response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! There is no direct way to use the software together with another application simultaneously when both of them are connected to the same beam profiler. To palliate this problem, we implemented in the software the possibility to work with NI variables. Those variables can be pushed to a third party program or application when the software is running and can thus be used as an input for further calculations and modifications.
ebenson  (posted 2012-05-28 03:12:58.0)
I am connecting to the camera using the ThorlabsBeamLibrary.dll. To do this the ThorlabsBeamApplication must be shutdown. Is there a way to have both function simultaneously so that I can save data with my custom application and the user can interact with the GUI to setup the experiment (for example a sockets server). As a minimum is there a disconnect button in the ThorlabsBeamApplication to toggle the camera connection state?
jvigroux  (posted 2012-04-20 10:33:00.0)
a response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! the Labview example should normally work fine. In order to help wit the troubleshooting, we would need to know what is the Labview version that you use, and what is the exact error message you get, if you get one. I will contact you directly to check on those point.
stephan.fieberg  (posted 2012-04-20 03:44:14.0)
Hi, I have the same Problem as ville.hautala. In Labview (2010) the ThorlabsBeamLabviewSample.vi usually can't connect to the beamprofiler, although Thorlabs Beam 4.0 can. It once was connected and now I cannot get it connected again.
tcohen  (posted 2012-03-09 19:40:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for contacting us. I have contacted you directly to troubleshoot.
ville.hautala  (posted 2012-03-09 02:57:21.0)
Hi, I have problem with the LabView VIs. Connecting with Thorlabs Beam 4.0 software to the camera device allways works, but when I try using ThorlabsBeamLabViewSample.vi Labview can't find any devices. I have managed to establish connection to camera and get everything working few times, but most of the times connection cannot be made. Disconnecting camera or rebooting computer does not help. I also tryed 4.1 beta version and Thorlabs beam 4.1 software again works. This time Labview did manage to find camera, but init device failed allways. I'm using Labview 2011. It would be also very good to add all the VIs to ThorlabsBeamLabviewSample.vi to make testing and building own applications easier. It is currently missing all the control VIs like Change Clip Level.
bdada  (posted 2012-02-10 19:03:00.0)
Response from Buki at Thorlabs to Theisen-Kunde: Thank you for your feedback. We have contacted you to provide assistance.
Theisen-Kunde  (posted 2012-02-10 09:05:30.0)
To whom it may concern. The data export from the 2D plot gives always no real data. It looks more like noise signals. Pixel value is OK. On the plot a nice shape is visible. No differences between .txt or .xls. Is it comma or dot for the number value decimal point? Best regards Dirk
jvigroux  (posted 2011-12-12 07:28:00.0)
A response from Julien at Thorlabs to dwy101: Thank you for your message. The latest software version for the beam profiler can be downloaded directly from our beta software page, which is directly accessible form the main product page of the CCD beam profiler. We will contact you directly to send you the different links you need.
jvigroux  (posted 2011-12-12 07:25:00.0)
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. The aperture size is indeed to be understood as the sensor size. We will modify the website according to your comments.
user  (posted 2011-12-11 21:20:50.0)
Please clearly state the sensor size, looked around and only found "Maximum Aperture Size" which is ambiguous. Ideally this information would be one of the main bullets.
jvigroux  (posted 2011-11-16 13:11:00.0)
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Hello! thank you for your message. The latest software version for the beam profiler can be downloaded directly from our beta software page, which is directly accessible form the main product page of the CCD beam profiler. We will contact you directly to send you the different links you need.
dwy101  (posted 2011-11-16 22:23:23.0)
Hello,Dear Julien. I have justly buy a BC106-UV beam profiler and need to use LabView to control the device.i am not familiar with the usage of it, but from the last feedback,i known that only the lastest version software(V4.1.144)can set the exposure time. i am urgently to know how can i get the newest version software. the free down load in your web was only the version 4.0.188.
jvigroux  (posted 2011-09-14 10:58:00.0)
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Dear Pawel, thank you for your feedback. We have modified the Labview driver so that they now include functions to set the gain and exposure time. Those will be included into our beta software package but this might take a couple of days. I will thus send you the extra VIs per email.
noday  (posted 2011-09-12 14:25:01.0)
Hello, I am using BC106-UV beam profiler and I am very pleased with both the product and the Thorlabs Beam software. However, for my application I need to use LabView to contact with the device and here it does not look so good, unfortunately. Provided LabView drivers cover only small part of the Thorlabs Beam program functionality. The most missing thing is the possibility to control the exposure time and sensor gain, which makes LabView use very difficult. Since the LabView drivers are based on the DLL libraries with no documentation provided, it is also hard to develop drivers by my own. I would be really happy if there was a possibility to control the exposure time (and perhaps gain) from the LabView environment. Best regards, Pawel.
jvigroux  (posted 2011-07-19 14:03:00.0)
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Dear Bayarjargal, thank you for your feedback! Our software is currently written such that the power display does not dynamically modify the unit range. As a result, even though a power is detected, it can be that the displayed power is zero if the measured power is smaller than the smallest power increment of the power display. The easiest way around this limitation is simply to manually change the unit from mW to dBm. due to the logarithmic nature of this unit, very broad dynamic ranges can be easily displayed. A fix for the limitation you addressed will be implemented in our next software release.
n.bayarjargal  (posted 2011-07-15 04:37:27.0)
Hello, Dear Thorlabs Engineers Currently Im using beam profiler BC106-VIS and I have a problem with power value reading. When I set the power setting to mW, Im not being able to read low level of total power. On 2D projection screen I can see the beam shape, but on the calculation result window the total power value is being 0 all the time. How can I change the setting on software so that I can detect microwatt? I would appriciate if the beam profiler can give a total power value which is close to the accurate value. For more exact value I could use powermeter, but for rough estimation I would love to rely on beam profiler. Have a nice day, Thanks a lot for your help in advance. Sincerely, Bayarjargal Narantsatsralt
jvigroux  (posted 2011-06-03 11:01:00.0)
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: Sorry about this labeling error. We will correct it and include the proper unit in the next software release. Thank you very much for your feedback!
mgrabowski  (posted 2011-06-02 11:38:41.0)
Hi, I have been outputting the data from the Profiler and Ive noticed just a little label issue. The Gaussian Diameter in the program (Calculation Results window) is in units of microns. However, the units stated in the text file output states [%]. That threw me for a loop today, so I thought I would let you know. I dont see any problem with the data, just the label. Thanks!
jjurado  (posted 2011-04-19 11:22:00.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to alee: Thank you very much for contacting us with your request. Below are the answers to your questions: (1) As it possible to sequentially save the data from the x and y plots not just the image? In the version 4.0 it is not possible to sequential save the X-Y-Profile data. We will integrate it with the next version. (2)The software always crashes after 2 to 3 days of operation reporting its lost the camera, could you tell me what might be causing this? Another option for me would be using the hardware trigger and triggering every hour and saving every image instead of continuously sampling and asking the software to save an image every hour, do you think this would solve the problem? One of our engineers will reproduce this behavior and will give feedback if it helps to trigger the camera instead of saving every hour. (3) Is there a way to remove the Gaussian fits from the 2d and 3d profile images? Currently there is not. We will integrate a button to hide the Gaussian fit profile. We will contact you directly once we have finalized testing the beam profiler.
alee  (posted 2011-04-18 18:10:41.0)
Ive been using the new version 4 and have a few questions, 1)Ive been using the sequential saving for images, is it possible to sequentially save the data from the x and y plots not just the image? 2)Im interested in longterm stability and have been using the sequential saving to save 2d and 3d profiles every hour, however the software always crashes after 2 to 3 days of operation reporting its lost the camera, could you tell me what might be causing this? Another option for me would be using the hardware trigger and trigering every hour and saving every image instead of continuosly sampling and asking the softwre to save an image every hour, do you think this would solve the problem? 3) is there a way to remove the gaussian fits from the 2d and 3d profile images Thanks
tor  (posted 2010-11-29 08:13:02.0)
Response from Tor at Thorlabs to Joe: Thank you for your interest in out BC106-UV. I will send you the STEP file shortly.
Joe.Williams  (posted 2010-11-25 09:31:51.0)
Could you please send me a STEP file of the BC106-UV Camera Beam Profiler. Many thanks Joe
jhartmann  (posted 2009-11-18 10:57:23.0)
A response from Juergen at Thorlabs to sgrabtchak: With the current new SW version (2.0), that should work - it seems, you have the predecessor. There is a possibility to export measured (not the fitted!) X and Y profile data. Measured data can be saved either normalized to peak value, where peak is considered 100%, or to the max. available number of values (8 bit = 255 = 100% or at 12bit 4095 = 100%). How to normalize, e.g. "Autoscale to peak", can be adjusted in Application Settings. If you need to save additionally fitted values, we can build that in the next SW version. If you need a download link to 2.0 SW version, please let me know.
sgrabtchak  (posted 2009-11-17 17:39:10.0)
Id like to be able to save raw and calculated data points for X- and Y- profiles. However, I couldnt find an option in the program that would allow me to do it. (I could only save so called "computed results".) Please, let me know if its possible. Serge
jhartmann  (posted 2009-11-13 11:40:43.0)
A response from Juergen at Thorlabs to zhuling: Could you please let me know, what you mean, saying: "However, I can not get the smooth Gaussian profiler as you set in the machine before" Also, please let me know closer details on your lasers (both UV and VIS): - wavelength? - pulsed or CW? - optical power incident to BC106-UV? - beam Ø? - used ND filter? - what is the very problem you experience?
zhuling  (posted 2009-11-10 01:45:48.0)
I have used the profiler (BC106-UV) to measure both the visible laser and the UV laser. However, I can not get the smooth Gaussian profiler as you set in the machine before.
jens  (posted 2009-06-18 18:52:23.0)
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: Yuri, the sensor itself is comparable to the element used in a CCD camera, it would however be necessary to check in detail the parameters to make sure that this approach will give you the expected results, the beam centroid position is calculated by the software and the software can not be used for the other CCD products since it is designed for the CCD beamprofiler only.
ikompaniets  (posted 2009-06-15 19:53:50.0)
Can I use this hardware and software for: 1. bond this sensor directly to the fiber taper and register regular image like CCD camera? 2.is this software capable to compute regular image centroid as well as laser beams one? 3. Can we use this centroid software with other CCD/CMOS camera from ThorLabs? Please let me know the answers cause we have a project to run.Yuri Kompaniets,Group Leader,Physical Optics Corp.(www.poc.com).Thank you.

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BC106N-VIS/MCCD Camera Beam Profiler, Ø30 µm - 6.6 mm, VIS, 350 - 1100 nm, Metric
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M² Measurement Extension Sets

Item # M2MS M2MS-AL
Wavelength Range 400 - 2700 nma 250 - 600 nma
Beam Profiler Compatibilityb BC106N-VIS(/M)
BP209-VIS(/M)
BP209-IR(/M)
BP209-IR2(/M)
BC106N-UV(/M)
BP209-VIS(/M)
Translation Stage DDSM100/M
Travel Range 100 mm
Velocity (Max) 500 mm/s
Effective Translation Range 200 mm (Total)
±100 mm (from Focal Point)
Lens Focal Length 250 mm
Optical Axis Height 70 mm
(Without Additional Feet)
M² Measurement Range >1.0 (No Upper Limit)
Typical M² Accuracy ±5%
(Depends on Optics and Alignment)
Minimum Detectable Divergence Angle <0.1 mrad
Applicable Light Sources CW, Pulseda
Typical Measurement Time 15 - 30 s
(Depends on Beam Shape and Settings)
General Specifications
Size 300 mm x 175 mm x 109 mm
(Without Beam Profiler)
Weight  4.2 kg
(Without Beam Profiler)
  • Depending on the beam profiler used with the system.
  • The BP10x previous-generation beam profilers are compatible with the M2MS.
  • Combine with BC106N Scanning Slit Beam Profilers to Build
    Complete M2 Measurement System
  • Mirrors for the 250 - 600 nm or 400 - 2700 nm Range
  • Mounting Adapters for BC106N Camera and BP209 Scanning Slit Beam Profilers
  • Includes an Alignment Laser

These extension sets are designed to convert Thorlabs' Camera or Scanning Slit Beam Profilers into a fully automated, motorized M² measurement system. The M2MS has internal mirrors for wavelengths between 400 - 2700 nm and the M2MS-AL has internal mirrors for wavelengths between 250 - 600 nm. A magnetic mount at the input port allows the included AR-coated lenses (see boxes below) to be easily switched out to optimize the system for your laser source.

The beam profiler and focusing lens remain in a fixed position. For M2 measurements, the beam path length is varied using a movable retroreflector mounted on a DDSM100/M translation stage, which has a translation range of 200 mm and a maximum velocity of 500 mm/s.

The side of the M² measurement system features an integrated USB 2.0 hub, which has ports for the beam profiler, one other device such as the TSP01 USB temperature and humidity controller, and a mini USB output connection to a PC. The translation stage inside of the system also communicates with the computer through this hub. The system is controlled via the Thorlabs Beam software package, which is also use to control our beam profilers (see the Software tab), which enables accurate measurements of a variety of beam-related parameters.

The housing of the M2 measurement rests on four feet at the corners created by a 0.5 mm deep relief cut in the base. A set of RDF1 rubber damping feet are included. Five M6 taps allow for the installion of four damping feet with one near each corner or in a configuration using three damping feet.

More information about these complete M² measurement systems, as well information about M2 measurement systems that incorporate our CCD camera beam profilers can be found here.

Lenses Included with M2MS-AL*

Lenses with f = 250 mm Mounted in CXY1QF Quick Release Plate:

*Additional lenses for shorter UV wavelengths and the CXY1QF quick release front plate are available separately to enable further customization of the M2 measurement system.

Lenses Included with M2MS*

Lenses with f = 250 mm Mounted in CXY1QF Quick Release Plate:

  • LA1461-A (AR Coated for 350 - 700 nm)
  • LA1461-B (AR Coated for 650 - 1050 nm)
  • LA1461-C (AR Coated for 1050 - 1700 nm)
  • LA5255-D (AR Coated for 1650 - 3000 nm)

*Additional lenses for longer IR wavelengths and the CXY1QF quick release front plate are available separately to enable further customization of the M2 measurement system.

Accessories Included with M2MS-AL and M2MS

  • Alignment Laser
  • USB 2.0 to Mini B Cable, 3 m
  • USB 2.0 to Mini B (Angled), 0.5 m)
  • 15 V, 3.0 A Power Supply
  • 0.05" Hex Key
  • 3 mm Balldriver
  • 4 Rail Clamps
  • 6 M4 Cap Screws
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M2MS Support Documentation
M2MSM² Measurement System Extension Set, 400 - 2700 nm
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M2MS-AL Support Documentation
M2MS-ALM² Measurement System Extension Set, 250 - 600 nm
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