Mini TPA is the perfect combination of tuning-free autocorrelation measurement, compact size and high sensitivity.
NIST Traceable Calibration
Laboratories and manufacturers are often faced with systematically establishing an unbroken chain of calibrations to specified references. All APE autocorrelator models are calibrated to a traceable standard in accordance with NIST (U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology) measurement traceability specifications. A printed and signed calibration certificate is provided with each pulseCheck.
Tuning-Free Wavelength Matching
Conventionally, autocorrelators used to split an optical pulse into two replicas and recombine them for the Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) in a nonlinear crystal. The APE Mini TPA instead benefits from the two photon absorption principle. This eliminates the need of SHG crystal angle tuning and makes the wavelength tuning process unnecessary.
UV Range without Cross-Correlation
Together with an UV Optics Set, the Mini TPA provides simple pulse width measurement in the UV range, from 250 nm to 400 nm — without the need for cross-correlation. Elimination of the cross-correlation approach also makes the data evaluation easier, by cutting the conventional two-step process to a single-step solution.
UV at 250 nm to IR at 3200 nm
APE provides a selection of exchangeable Optics Sets, ranging from UV at 250 nm to IR at 3200 nm, for sensitive measurements across an extremely broad wavelength region. Due to its compact footprint, the Mini TPA is also the perfect answer to your space-saving and easy portability requirements.
At a Glance
|Mini TPA Specification|
|* Measured sensitivity including Optics Set, defined as average power times peak power of the incident pulses P(AV) * P(peak)|
|Measurable Pulse Width Range||50 fs ... 3.5 ps; Optional: down to 35 fs|
|Wavelength Range||250 nm - 3200 nm, depending on Optics Set|
|Delay Resolution||< 0.001 % of scan range|
|Delay Linearity||< 1 %|
|Sensitivity*||Typically 0.1 W2, UV range < 500 W2 (depending on Optics Set)|
|Recommended Repetition Rate||> 300 Hz; For UV only: upper limit 2 MHz|
|Type of Measurement Mode||Collinear intensity|
|SHG Tuning for Phase Matching||Not required|
|Trigger Mode||300 Hz ... 50 kHz|
|Input Polarization||Linear horizontal, vertical available as option|
|Max Input Power||300 mW or 5 µJ (whichever results in lower value)|
|Input Aperture||6 mm (free-space)|
|Input Beam Coupling||Free-space; Optional: fiber coupling FC/PC, FC/APC, SMA|
|Beam Input Height||86 ... 150 mm; Optional 50 mm|
|Software||Included; Real-time display of pulse width and central wavelength, different fitting routines|
|Fitting Routine||Gaussian, Sech2, Lorentz|
|Remote Control||Possible via TCP/IP (SCPI command set)|
|Calibration||NIST traceable calibration certificate included|
- Exchangeable Optics Sets for spectral coverage from 340 nm to 3200 nm
- Tuning-free TPA detection process
- UV measurement without cross-correlation
- Compact design for minimum space requirements and maximum portability
- Ultra-precise delay resolution
- Hybrid collinear intensity autocorrelation
- Gaussian, Sech2, and Lorentzian fitting routines
- Including software and USB interface
- TCP/IP remote control with standardized command set for easy programming
- NIST traceable calibration
- Aluminium carrying case
Email & Phone Contacts
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Working with the pulseLink Controller (applicable to Mini TPA, Mini PD, pulseCheck)
Acquisition Software and TCP/IP Standard Software Interface
All models come with an easy to use data acquisition software, allowing for real-time data display. Furthermore, the TCP/IP-based standard software interface by APE makes it straight forward to set up remote control. This allows you, for example, to design your own automated measurement routines. Simply use our protocol templates for rapid configuration with familiar programming languages, including C++, C#, LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, and Ruby.