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Alignment Screens


  • Laser Engraved with Target Grid or Ruler Graduations
  • Magnets Hold Screens to Optical Table or Breadboard
  • Anodized Aluminum Surfaces Homogenously
    Diffuse Light

BHM1

6" (155 mm) Ruler with
Holes for Beam Alignment

TPSM1/M

200 mm (7.87")
Laser Safety Screen
(10 mm Target Grid)

TPSM2

11.81" (300 mm)
Laser Safety Screen
(1/2" Target Grid)

Application Idea

BHMA1 Bracket Attaching Two Beam Height Rulers for Vertical and Horizontal Alignments

BHMA1

Mounting Bracket for Beam Height Rulers

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Made from anodized aluminum, these alignment screens have been laser engraved with either a target grid or ruler graduations to assist in the alignment and height measurement of a beam. Additionally, the BHM1 and BHM2 rulers have Ø2.0 mm (Ø0.08") holes to allow a beam to pass through. These holes are present on each ruler at imperial (1.00") as well as metric (25.0 mm) intervals. Each alignment screen features magnets in its base for quick placement and removal. For more permanent mounting to magnetic or nonmagnetic surfaces, the TPSM1(/M) and TPSM2(/M) also have a mounting slot for a 1/4"-20 or M6 cap screw.

Mounting Brackets are also available that allow two beam height rulers (Item # BHM1 and BHM2) to be attached at a 90° angle. This allows for alignment of a laser beam horizontally in addition to measuring its height off the table.


Posted Comments:
williamg  (posted 2016-02-12 15:49:47.28)
I have an improvement suggestion for the family of vertical rulers like BHM1 etc. It would be nice if both sides had the scales, but the back side had the metric and imperial scales switched. In other words, when you look on one face, it's imperial scale on the left, but when you look on the other face, it's metric scale on the left. This would be very useful in crowded optical setups, when it's inconvenient or impossible to set up the ruler to use the desired scale. It would also be nice to have an option to buy a vertical ruler (like BHM1) that has both magnetic feet on the same side (like TPSM1 does). I often need to take height measurements inside a laser, where floor space is very limited, and feet on opposite sides make it very difficult sometimes. Such ruler, with both scales on both sides, like described in the first paragraph, would be very nice to have, indeed.
cevered  (posted 2016-02-16 10:25:44.0)
Thank you very much for your valuable product feedback. I have begun a discussion within our internal ideas forum and we will inform you of any new releases or suggestions that may arise from your feedback.
christoph.testud  (posted 2015-05-20 15:52:27.753)
Dear Sir or Madam, we are using the alignment screens in our laser lab and would suggest that the magnet in the base do not need to be so strong. If you is not careful the screen can easily snap onto the optical table. Best regards, Christoph Testud Christoph Testud University of Hamburg Center for Free Electron Laser Science (CFEL) Geb. 99, office 02-129 Luruper Chaussee 149 22761 Hamburg Tel.: +49 (0)40 8998 6287 christoph.testud@uni-hamburg.de
msoulby  (posted 2015-05-26 06:50:44.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The laser safety screens are designed to be used on steel optical tables, we used magnets rather than screw slots in order to give the customer greater flexibility when placing the screen. The magnets are strong in order to help prevent the safety screen from being knocked and moving easily, which could be a potential hazard if you are using the screen to block a beam.

Magnetic Laser Safety Screens

TPSM1 Typical Application
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TPSM1 in a Beam Stabilization Setup
  • Aluminum Laser Safety Screen with Laser-Engraved Target Grid
  • Available in Two Sizes:
    • TPSM1(/M): 7.87" x 2.95" (200.0 mm x 75.0 mm), Footprint: 2.95" x 1.38" (75.0 mm x 35.0 mm)
    • TPSM2(/M): 11.81" x 2.95" (300.0 mm x 75.0 mm), Footprint: 2.95" x 1.38" (75.0 mm x 35.0 mm)
  • Two Magnets on Underside Provide Holding Force
  • Slotted Mounting Hole for Non-Magnetic Surfaces
  • Homogeneously Diffusive Anodized Coating
  • Damage Threshold: >350 J/cm2 (1064 nm, 20 ns, 20 Hz, Ø1.14 mm)

Our Magnetic Laser Safety Screens are laser engraved on one side with a 1/2" (10 mm for metric versions) target grid for rough laser alignment, while the other side is blank to provide a complete beam blocking option. The base of the screen is fitted with a pair of magnets that hold the screen to magnetic work surfaces and provide flexibility of movement. A through hole is also provided to allow the screen to be tightened down using a cap screw for more permanent placement or for use in non-magnetic applications. The compact size of the screen allows it to fit into small gaps between your accessories, enabling easy integration into a laser setup. This screen is constructed from bead-blasted aluminum to remove any sharp edges, which is then anodized to create a homogeneously diffusive surface. 

Please note: Due to the presence of strong magnets, these laser screens should not be used in the vicinity of pacemakers, credit cards, or other devices affected by magnetic fields.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
TPSM1 Support Documentation
TPSM1Magnetic Laser Safety Screen, 7.87" x 2.95", Imperial Engraving
$37.23
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TPSM2 Support Documentation
TPSM2Customer Inspired! Magnetic Laser Safety Screen, 11.81" x 2.95", Imperial Engraving
$40.04
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TPSM1/M Support Documentation
TPSM1/MMagnetic Laser Safety Screen, 200 mm x 75 mm, Metric Engraving
$37.23
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TPSM2/M Support Documentation
TPSM2/MCustomer Inspired! Magnetic Laser Safety Screen, 300 mm x 75 mm, Metric Engraving
$40.04
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Magnetic Beam Height Rulers

BHM1 Typical Application
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Light from a HeNe Laser Passing Through a Hole in a BHM1 Ruler
  • Imperial and Metric Laser Engraved Scales
    • 1.0 mm Metric Graduations
    • 1/16" Imperial Graduations
  • Facilitate Laser Beam Alignment Using Holes Spaced at 1" and 25 mm Intervals
  • Measure Beam Height on Magnetic Optical Tables or Breadboards
  • Two Neodymium Magnets Provide Holding Force
  • Homogeneously Diffusive Anodized Coating

Our BHM1 and BHM2 Magnetic Rulers measure beam heights up to 6" (155 mm) or 12" (305 mm), respectively. The front of the screen is laser engraved with 1.0 mm and 1/16" graduations for beam height measurement. Twelve Ø2.0 mm (Ø0.08") holes positioned next to the engraved numbers at 25.0 mm and 1.00" intervals allow the laser beam to pass through the ruler.

The base of each ruler is fitted with a pair of neodymium magnets that hold the ruler to magnetic work surfaces and provide flexibility of movement when compared to an option that is bolted to the table. They are constructed from bead-blasted aluminum to remove any sharp edges and then anodized to create a homogeneously diffusive surface. The compact size allows the tool to fit into small gaps between components, enabling easy integration into a setup.

We also offer the BHMA1 bracket below for attaching two beam height rulers, allowing for the alignment of a laser beam horizontally in addition to measuring its height off the table.

Please note: Due to the presence of magnets, this ruler should not be used in the vicinity of pacemakers, credit cards, or other devices affected by magnetic fields.

Item #Dimensions (W x H)Footprint (L x W)Numbered GraduationsGraduationsHole SpacingHole DiameterDamage Threshold
BHM1 30 mm x 160 mm
(1.18" x 6.30")
30 mm x 30 mm
(1.18" x 1.18")
Every 1" and 10 mm 1/16" and 1.0 mm 1.00" and 25.0 mm 2.0 mm (0.08") >350 J/cm2
(1064 nm, 20 ns, 20 Hz, Ø1.14 mm)
BHM2 40 mm x 310 mm
(1.57” x 12.20”)
48 mm x 40 mm
(1.89” x 1.57”)
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
BHM1 Support Documentation
BHM16" (155 mm) Magnetic Beam Height Measurement Tool
$22.72
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BHM2 Support Documentation
BHM212" (305 mm) Magnetic Beam Height Measurement Tool
$44.64
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90° Mounting Bracket for Magnetic Beam Height Rulers


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BHM1 Mounted at 90° on a BHM2 Using the BHMA1 Bracket

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VRC4 on a BHM1
  • Mount Two Beam Height Rulers Perpendicularly
  • Ideal for Horizontal and Vertical Beam Measurements
  • Mount a Laser Viewing Card to a Beam Height Ruler
  • Built-In Spirit Level Simplifies Leveling of the Mounted Card or Ruler
  • Laser Engraved with 1.0 mm Graduations
  • Constructed From Black Delrin®

Thorlabs' BHMA1 Mounting Bracket allows two beam height rulers, sold above, to be attached at a 90° angle. This capability allows for alignment of a laser beam horizontally in addition to measuring its height off the table. As shown in the image to the right, the bracket can also be used to attach Laser Viewing Cards to a ruler, allowing for the viewing of UV, NIR, or MIR beams.


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BHMA1 Mechanical Drawing

Constructed from durable black Delrin, this bracket contains a built-in spirit level (bubble level) for consistent leveling of the mounted part. When the bubble is centered between the two graduations the bracket is level. When the center of the bubble is under one of the graduations then the bracket is rotated by 31 arcminutes.

Laser engraved 1.0 mm spaced graduations are also included on three sides of the bracket. These markings can be used to indicate how far the mounted part has been translated horizontally or to repeatably add a ruler or viewing card into the setup. 

Two through slots, shown in the drawing to the left, in the bracket are spaced to fit over the top of a BHM1 or BHM2 ruler. Once fitted the bracket is free to translate vertically across the ruler. From here a second ruler or a viewing card is placed in the space between the first ruler and the front of the bracket. Everything is held in place by applying pressure using the thumbscrew on the front of the bracket.

Please Note: These brackets are created from Delrin and are not rated for laser safety.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
BHMA1 Support Documentation
BHMA190° Mounting Bracket for Magnetic Beam Height Rulers
$41.12
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Last Edited: Jul 25, 2013 Author: Lori Stover