The PRIMES OpticsQualityMonitor (OQM) enables the testing of the absorption properties of the optics by suppliers and fabricators, or users in quality assurance. This not only guarantees that the optics have been manufactured within the specifications, but also that they are equal to the requirements during their use. This allows manufacturing or handling errors in the manufacturing chain to be identified, and it guarantees that the optics can deliver their best performance in their use.

The OQM compares the absorption of a translucent optical element, for example from a processing head (lens or flat optics) with the absorption of reference optics (same type: material, refractive index, diameter, radii of curvature and anti-reflective coating). In this process, the heating occurring on the optics surface due to the laser power absorbed in the optics is measured.

The temperature measurement is performed without contact, i.e. there is no change at all in the optics through the measurement or the mounting of the optics during the measurement. This makes the OQM particularly suited to incoming or outgoing goods checks of optics used in high power ranges.

The measurement of the temperature increase in the optical surface enables comparative statements to be made in relation to the absorption of optics within a series production, between different series productions or between goods supplied by different suppliers. The absolute absorption value is not determined, however.

The OpticsQualityMonitor is supplied in a Class 1 laser housing with an integrated laser and cooler. The device is intended for operation in a cleanroom.