Compact laser for image processing from Z-Laser

Sept. 26, 2012
The ZQ1 compact laser for image processing applications features the company's 1 W, 808 nm single-mode laser diode, which provides ultrafine projections while producing >300 W/mm2 power (at 300 nm).

The ZQ1 compact laser for image processing applications features the company's 1 W, 808 nm single-mode laser diode, which provides ultrafine projections while producing >300 W/mm2 power (at 300 nm). Specifications include beam quality of M2 <1.2, homogeneity of ±15%, and boresight accuracy of 3 mrad. Different projections (line and point diffractive optics, and optics) are available.
Z-Laser Optoelektronik
Freiberg, Germany

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New outstanding laser designed for image processing

Z-LASER, a leading manufacturer of lasers and laser systems, announces its new compact laser; the ZQ1. Demand from the product came from our worldwide customer base who was asking us to develop a new generation of high quality laser head. New benchmarks were made with the ZQ1 in several key areas; excellent beam quality (M² <1.2), line performance (homogeneity ±15%), outstanding boresight accuracy (3mrad) and high IP protection class (IP69 housing on request).

A special 1W/808nm single-mode laser diode exclusive to Z-LASER provides ultrafine projections whilst simultaneously producing extremely high power (>300W/mm², focus at 300mm). Even with image processing applications with high ambient light influence the highest measurement resolutions are possible (for example, 170 microns FWHM in laser line width from a 1300 mm working distance). This leads to new levels of accuracy in measurements in applications such as inspection of glowing steel, road surfaces, rails and overhead wires which are all enhanced by strong high-contrast images.

Intelligent monitoring capabilities and a built-in thermoelectric cooling allow for very high stability in terms of power (≤3%), wavelength and lifetime. The laser model Z1000Q1-808 is equipped with various line and spot optics as well as a selection of diffractive optics. The laser is controlled via an RS-232 interface and provides a TTL modulation up to 10kHz.

ZQ1 – main features:
• Compact all-in-one housing with integrated optics, electronics and active temperature
• IR up to 1W output
• Different projections available (line and point diffractive optics, and optics)
• Boresight accuracy 3mrad
• Protection class IP69 on request
• Modulation up to 10 kHz
• RS-232
• 5-24VDC supply voltage

Since inception in 1985, Z-LASER is known as a manufacturer of industrial laser systems for manufacturing, medical and scientific applications. The team has its own large development department that utilizes our expertise in optoelectronics and laser technology to come up with innovative solutions. For more company details see


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