Ophir is a brand within the MKS Instruments Light & Motion division. The Ophir product portfolio consists of laser and LED measurement products, including laser power and energy meters and laser beam profilers measuring femto-watt to hundreds of kilowatts lasers, high-performance IR and visible optical elements, IR thermal imaging lenses and zoom lenses for defense and commercial applications, OEM and replacement high-quality optics for CO2 and fiber high-power laser material processing applications. Ophir products enhance our customers’ capabilities and productivity in the semiconductor, industrial technologies, life and health sciences, and research and defense markets.
Laser measurement for the well-being of patients
Laser measurement has widely spread in the treatment of patients as well as in the manufacturing of medical products and instrumentation. Miniaturization, further enhancement of the optical quality of different wave length and new technologies with shorter laser pulses lead to a growing dissemination of laser systems. Because a laser beam provides a vehicle for delivering energy in such a precisely controlled way, and without physical contact, it’s not surprising that the laser has found so much use in medical applications. It’s used as a surgical tool, cutting through various types of tissue in place of the traditional scalpel, and simultaneously cauterizing blood vessels as it goes, so that bleeding is minimized.
In some ophthalmological applications, an Excimer laser beam cuts tissue using non-thermal mechanisms based on the physical nature of short wavelength UV radiation. It is also used as a production tool for manufacturing medical components, for example cutting and welding of implants, soldering of battery leads in pacemakers, and so on. Just as with any precision industrial process, where the results must be tightly controlled and completely predictable, laser-based medical processes must also be controlled and predictable. Not only for the obvious reasons of quality and profitability; with medical applications, there are also potential risks – direct or indirect - to patients.
For over 40 years, medical manufacturers worldwide have been choosing Ophir Photonics as their partners for measurement solutions. Ophir power and energy meters, and beam profilers, are in common use at many levels:
In R&D and Engineering environments in which laser-based medical systems and processes are developed
At Quality Control stations at the end of production lines
In Field Service engineer’s tool kits
Integrated inside medical systems as customized OEM components