Controlling Newport 1918 Power Meter with Python

Posted on Sat 04 April 2015 in Electronics

Optical power meters in-conjunction with a detector are used to measure power from a laser source or monochromatic output.

At work, we use Newport 1918 power meter. This power meter comes with its own software. However, I was interested in controlling this instrument with python.

I wrote a python module for communicating with this instrument. This python module contains higher level functions to communicate with Newport 1918 power meter on a Windows computer. It uses python library ctypes to access methods in the Newport's usbdll.dll driver.

Note: You can read the documentation and download the module from my github account

For connecting the hardware to the computer, see the reference manual