Spectrometer for Mid-IR, IR, VIS or UV

The waveScan is a rotating grating spectrometer. This technology enables it to cover a wide wavelength range from 200 nm to 6300 nm. Especially at wavelengths beyond silicon and above 1100 nm users profit from highest resolution at a low cost. The quick and easy exchangeable input port adapts the waveScan to free-space or fiber lasers. The software offers useful analytical tools and of course data export. The waveScan is also ideal for automatization and long term measurements and can be controlled remotely by USB or TCP/IP.

High-Resolution Spectrometer:  200 nm – 6.3 µm Wavelengths at a Competitive Price

Cost-Efficient And Compact Spectrometer

waveScan spectrometer by APE is a compact and cost-efficient optical spectrometer to characterize light sources, e.g. ultrafast as well as cw laser systems. The rotating grating technology achieves high resolution at fair scan rates. This makes waveScan an ideal real-time alignment tool for laser systems.

UV at 200 nm to Mid-IR at 6.3 µm

Different configurations, from 200 nm UV to 6.3 µm in the mid-infrared range, make waveScan the choice for analyzing the spectrum of different laser types.

Fiber Inputs Available

waveScan is available with an interchangeable fiber input in addition to a free-space input. Whether you need fast scan rates for adjustment or high resolution, combined with convenient measurement control and data processing – waveScan is the ideal solution.

Plug and Play via USB & Spectrometer Software

waveScan Spectrometer is easy to use and supports plug and play via USB connection. The software is included and provides a bunch of featues. For example, waveScan  automatically searches for one or two peaks in the  measured spectrum and displays the peak wavelength, centroid wavelength, and full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the peaks. In the “set peak search window” of the spectrometer software the user can set the wavelength windows in that the peaks are searched for. The user can lock these search
windows to the selected “Wavelength window”, or can set minimum
and maximum wavelength for each search window separately.

The Economical Advantage - Rotating Grating

waveScan closes the gap between low-cost spectrometer offering low-resolution and more expensive high-end equipment. The waveScan principle is based on a rotating grating, driven by a small and precise motor. Therefore it has substantial advantages over conventional types of spectrometers (e.g. beam splitter) which are usually complex, large in size and more expensive.

High Resolution IR Spectrometer

With its resolution down to 0.05 nm (depending on the wavelength range), it offers greater precision over a larger wavelength range compared to standard compact CCD based spectrometers. Especially in the spectral region longer than 1.1 µm – which is beyond the capability of silicon based CCDs – the waveScan  offers an easy way for high resolution measurement.  The high spectral resolution in combination with a scan rate (refresh rate) of 5 Hz make it especially useful for laser – short-pulse as well as cw – and optical fiber characterization.


At a Glance

waveScanUVBlueVIS + IRExtended IRMIR
Wavelength range200 nm … 1100 nm220 nm … 540 nm500 nm … 1600 nm800 nm … 2600 nm1500 nm … 6300 nm
Resolution (FWHM)0.2 nm0.05 nm0.2 nm0.5 nm3 nm
Dynamic range3277819328
Scan rate~5 Hz
Laser repetition rates>4 MHz - real-time measurements
>100 kHz - accumulation mode
>100 Hz - triggered mode
Input polarizationOptimized for horizontal polarization (also any other polarization possible)
Beam inputFree-space per default
Fiber coupling (FC/PC, SMA or FC/APC) optional
Trigger input100 Hz … 100 kHz, BNC connection: 0.2 V to 5 V TTL signal,
or photodiode signal (25 ns rise time)
ConnectivityUSB, TCP/IP (SCPI command set)
Remote controlProgrammable via API
  • High spectral resolution down to 0.05 nm depending on the configuration
  • Wavelength ranges available from
    200 nm – 6300 nm (UV/VIS/NIR/MIR)
  • Compact and robust design
  • Free-space or fiber input
  • Easy to use – plug and play via USB connection; Software included

Typical resolution curves

waveScan UV
wavescan Blue
waveScan VIS + IR
waveScan Extended IR

Datasheets & Brochures

Step Files

APE-waveScan-Stepfile-20141009 (.stp 3D CAD model with overall dimensions)

TCP/IP Sample Code for Remote Control


Please send an email to service@ape-berlin.de if you are looking for a manual in pdf format. You help us if you send us the serial number of the device in question.

Contact Us

I consent to APE's data safety & privacy conditions.

You need to consent to APE's data safety & privacy conditions before the "send" button is active. You find the data safety & privacy conditions here.


Email & Phone Contacts

APE has distributors around the world to give you the best support. Choose a country to find your local sales contact:

APE Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH
Plauener Strasse 163-165 | Haus N
13053 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 986 011-30
Fax: +49 30 986011333

Sales: sales@ape-berlin.de
Support: service@ape-berlin.de

Coherent Scientific pty. Ltd.
Hilton SA 5033, South Australia

Phone: +61 8 8150 5200
Email: sales@coherent.com.au
Website: www.coherent.com.au

APE Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH
Plauener Strasse 163-165 | Haus N
13053 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 986 011-30
Fax: +49 30 986011333

Sales: sales@ape-berlin.de
Support: service@ape-berlin.de

PulsePower Technology Ltd.
Beijing, Haidan District
China 100090

Phone:+86 10 62565117
Email: mlu@pulsepower.cn
Website: www.pulsepower.cn

Pinnacle Scientific Cooperation
Hangzhou, Jianggan District
China 310020

Phone: +86 571 88225151
Email: sales@psci.cn
Website: www.psci.cn

199 00 Praha 9, Česko

Phone: +420 212 247 293
Email: info@optixs.cz
Website: www.optixs.cz

APE Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH
Plauener Strasse 163-165 | Haus N
13053 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 986 011-30
Fax: +49 30 986011333

Sales: sales@ape-berlin.de
Support: service@ape-berlin.de

F 92170 Vanves, France

Phone: +33 1 419 061 80
Email: info@optoprim.com
Website: www.optoprim.com

Laser Sciences Services Pvt. Ltd.

Phone: +91 2778 1673
Email: sales@laserscience.in
Website: www.laserscience.co.in/

Ammo Engineering E.O.(1995) Ltd.
Petach Tikva 49171, Israel

Phone: +972 3 9239 666
Email: shmuelr@ammo.co.il
Website: www.ammo.co.il

Optoprim Srl.

Via Rota, 37
20900 Monza (MB)

Phone: +39 039 834977
Email: info@optoprim.it
Website: www.optoprim.it

Via Monte Giberto, 15
00138 Roma

Phone: +39 06 87657838
Email: info@optoprim.it
Website: www.optoprim.it

Phototechnica Corporation
Saitama 336-0017, Japan

Phone: +81 48 871 0067
Email: voc@phototechnica.co.jp
Website: www.phototechnica.co.jp

Seoul 137-862, Korea

Phone: +82 2 3461 1103
Email: sales@rayvis.co.kr
Website: www.rayvis.co.kr

Guty Cardenas 147, Guadalupe Inn
Ciudad de Mexico, C.P. 01020, Mexico

Main Contact: Vicente Garcia Gomez

Phone: +52 555 401 8254
Email: sales@starkscientific.com

Eurotek International
02-668 Warsaw, Poland

Phone: +48 22 843 79 40
Email: eurotek@eurotek.com.pl
Website: www.eurotek.com

Innova Scientific S.L.
28290 Las Rozas de Madrid, Espana

Phone: +34 91 7105650
Email: info@innovasci.com
Website: www.innovasci.com

AceXon Technologies Pte. Ltd.
Singapore 658065

Phone: +65 6565 7300
Email: sales@acexon.com
Website: www.acexontech.com

Innova Scientific S.L.
28290 Las Rozas de Madrid

Phone: +34 91 7105650
Email: info@innovasci.com
Website: www.innovasci.com

APE Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH
Plauener Strasse 163-165 | Haus N
13053 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 986 011-30
Fax: +49 30 986011333

Sales: sales@ape-berlin.de
Support: service@ape-berlin.de

SuperbIN Company Ltd.
5F., No. 41, Ln. 15, Sec. 6, Minquan E. Rd., Taipei 114
Taiwan, R.O.C.

Phone: +886-2-2793-0866
Fax: +886-2-2793-0855
Email: info@superbin.com.tw
Website: www.superbin.com.tw

APE Applied Physics & Electronics, Inc.
Vancouver | WA | USA

Phone: +1 888 690 3250
Sales: sales@ape-america.com
Support: service@ape-america.com

Visual Summary of all waveScan Features

waveScan + SPIDER

See how a waveScan spectrometer extends the wavelength range of a SPIDER for the full characterization of hollow-core fiber amplifiers.