Mini TPA

Pulse Diagnostics

APE offers a choice of solutions for ultrafast pulse measurements. Each is tailored to your type of laser system, with a wealth of innovations for greater accuracy and user simplicity.


From material processing to scientific and medical base research, ultrafast laser systems are used in many areas of their high peak intensity and extremely short pulse width. 
One relevant area of application is time resolved spectroscopy. The pulse width is a critical factor for the adjustment of these laser systems and the characterization of experiments. APE autocorrelators measure this parameter from 10 fs ... 400 ps for almost any wavelength range.

New: The pulseCheck Type II High Contrast reveals temporal information of intense pulses including their pre-pulses and pedestals.     



Compact and Tuning-free Autocorrelator

The Mini TPA by APE is the perfect combination of tuning-free autocorrelation measurement, compact size and high sensitivity.

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 340 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.

Ultra-wide Wavelength Coverage in Compact Design

APE provides a selection of exchangeable Optics Sets, ranging from UV at 340 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.

  • 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


Measurable Pulse Width Range 50 fs ... 3.5 ps; Optional: down to 35 fs
Wavelength Range
340 nm - 3200 nm, depending on Optics Set
Optics Sets Exchangeable
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
Mode Switching No
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
Connection USB
Remote Control Possible via TCP/IP (SCPI command set)
Calibration NIST traceable calibration certificate included

*  Measured sensitivity including Optics Set, defined as average power times peak power of the incident pulses PAV * Ppeak  


Here you can download some examples that demonstrate how to use the Standard Software Interface (using TCP/IP) with common programming languages:


This device is available directly via A·P·E and in the countries listed below via our exclusive distribution partners:

Australia: Coherent Scientific

China: Pinnacle / PulsePower

France: Optoprim

Great Britain and Ireland: Photonic Solutions

India: Laser Science

Israel: Ammo Engineering

Japan: Phototechnica

Korea: RayVis

Poland: Eurotek

Scandinavia, Baltic States: Gammadata

Singapore: AceXon

Spain, Portugal: Innova Scientific

Switzerland: Dyneos

Taiwan: SuperbIN

USA and Canada: A.P.E

  • Various Optics Sets incl. detector
  • Short pulse option
  • Fiber coupling
  • Input polarization rotator
  • Reduced input beam height