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Show Laser Glossary, Definitions & Explanations

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AOM is the abbreviation of "Acousto-optic Modulator". In the show laser industry this term defines a component which makes a static, non-modulating...

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AR is the abbreviation for Accessible RadiationSee Accessible Radiation for details.

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AVB (also named TSN for industrial purposes) stands for “Audio Video Bridging” and describes a standard for real time, lip synchronous digital...

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Beam Show

What is a beam show? A laser show may be designed as beam or graphics show. Whereas a graphics show displays graphics, patterns, aninmations, etc....

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What is Blanking? Blanking is the capability of a show laser system to rapidly turn on / off the laser when displaying visible lines, graphics and...

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Club Laser

What is a club laser? A club laser is a show laser light system for entertainment purposes especially used in clubs, discotheques, pubs and bars....

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Color Balance

What is Color Balance? Color balance describes the intensity of the source colors in relation to each other. Typically the laser sources are red,...

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What means DAC? DAC stands for Digital Analog Converter. What is a Digital Analog Converter? A DAC is a hardware device that is able to convert...

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Daisy Chain

What is a daisy chain? The term "Daisy Chain" describes the connection of a signal cable to several devices in a ring or sequence structure. An...

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Disco Laser

Why are show lasers popular in discos? Discos are popular places for show laser systems. As most rooms of disocotheques are located in darker...

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What is divergence? Divergence describes the expansion of a laser beam over a long distance. The value is given in mrad (milliradiant), a unit to...

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DJ Laser

What is a DJ laser? A DJ Laser is not a specific type of laser light, but it more describes the field of use of the laser. DJ Lasers usually are in...

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What does DMX stand for? The abbreviation DMX stands for Digital Multiplex and denotes a serial signal, which carries a special protocol from a...

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Why is it called DMX512? The abbreviation DMX stands for Digital Multiplex and denotes a serial signal, which carries a special protocol from a...

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What does DPSS stand for? DPSS is an abbreviation for "Diode Pumped Solid State Laser" How do DPPS lasers work? This way of generating laser...

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Event Laser

What is an Event Laser? Although there is no specific definition for this term, it is often used for very powerful show laser systems that are...

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Gauze Screen

What is a Gauze Screen? The term "gauze" denotes a thin textile material which has got many very small holes similar to a fishnet. A gauze screen...

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Graphics Show

What is a Graphics Show? Laser shows may either be designed as graphics or as beam shows. Beam shows project the laser beams into the room, while...

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Hydro Shield

What is a Hydro Shield? As well as water screens hydro shields are projection surfaces made of water used to make laser graphics and effects...

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What does ILDA stand for? ILDA is the abbreviation of "International Laser Display Association" and thus the name of an association of laserists....

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ILDA Award

What is an ILDA Award? ILDA is the International Laser Display Association, a non-profit organization with the intention of increasing and...

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ILDA cable

What is an ILDA cable? ILDA is a data transmission technology developed by the International Laser Display Association for interchanging image data...

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ILDA Laser

What does ILDA stand for? ILDA is the abbreviation of "International Laser Display Association" and thus the name of an association of laserists....

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What does KPPS stand for? KPPS means Kilo Points Per Second and describes the speed of show laser scanning systems. That's how many thousand laser...

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Laser Beam

Laser beams are electromagnetic waves between 400 nm and 700 nm wavelength, created through stimulated emission. Light is a wave consisting of short...

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Laser Effect

What is a laser effect? Most show lasers come with integrated lighting effects which are displayed automatically or manually. Such laser effects...

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Laser Light

What is laser light? Laser light defines a laser beam in the visible spectrum (between 400 and 700nm wavelength). Often the term is used to...

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Laser Rainbow

What is a Laser Rainbow? A laser rainbow defines a multi colored beam or layer projection with show laser light systems, that has the colors in the...

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Laser Screen

What is a Laser Screen? Laser effects, graphics, texts, etc. must be displayed on different kinds of projection surfaces. Also screens may serve as...

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Laser Show

What does Laser Show mean? The term "Laser show" can define two different things: In most cases it means an entertainment event where the laser...

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What is a Laserist? A laserist designs, creates and controls a laser show. A laserist needs at least a show laser projector. For programming own...

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What is a LaserMan? A LaserMan is a show performer who dances inside a laser suit and among laser beams. The LaserMan and the laser beams will move...

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LSO is the abbreviation for Laser Safety Officer>>> see definition Laser Safety Officer >>>

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Mesh Screen

What is a Mesh Screen? A mesh screen is used to display laser graphics, logos, patterns, etc on it. Without any projection surface, fog, haze, etc....

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Abbreviation for: Maximum Permissible ExposureSee Maximum Permissible Exposure for further details

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What is OPSL? OPSL is an abbreviation for optically pumped semiconductor laser which describes a technology that is used by Coherent for their...

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Party Laser

What is a party laser? A party laser is a show laser light system for smaller entertainment events, for example in clubs, discotheques, pubs, and...

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PCAOM ist the abbreviation for Polychromatic Acousto-Optic Modulator. Unlike an AOM (acousto-optic modulator), which can only deflect a single...

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What does PPS stand for? PPS means Points Per Second and describes the speed of show laser scanning systems. That's how many laser points per...

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RGB Laser

What is an RGB Laser? RGB lasers are show laser systems with exactly three color modules: red, green and blue. It doesn't matter if the color...

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Show Laser Safety Laser safety is an important issue while dealing with laser systems. Laser radiation can cause damage on eyes, skin and textiles....

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Safety Button

What is a Safety Button? A laser safety button serves to interrupt the current supply manually in case of emergency. Safety buttons are mainly used...

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Safety Rope

What is a Safety Rope? A safety cable is a wire cable that secures objects like headlights, moving heads and show laser systems from dropping in...

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Safety Zone

What is a Safety Zone? As show laser systems can be harmful for human skin / eyes, professional laser show software offers the opportunity to set...

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What is a scanner? A scanner is a device that scans and measures objects systematically to generate an overall image. Laser systems use scanners to...

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Show Laser

What is a show laser? The term "Show laser" is used to describe laser light systems for entertainment purposes. Show laser systems are very...

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Show Lazer

What is a show lazer? The term "show lazer" describes laser light systems for entertainment purposes and is used synonymously for the more common...

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Sky Laser

What is a sky laser? Sky lasers are show laser systems used outdoor to make a certain point visible and exposed from a long distance. The term "sky...

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Stage Laser

What is a stage laser? A stage laser is mainly, but not exclusively, used on a stage in order to make an event with a laser show appealing.The...

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Water Curtain

What is a Water Curtain? Water Curtain is another term for water screen. As laser graphics projections need any surface to become visible, water is...

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Water Screen

What is a Water Screen? Laser graphics projections need a surface to make visible the graphics, texts and effects the laser draws. Also water may...

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Water Shield

What is a Water Shield? Water shield is another term for hydro shield. It is a projection surfaces made of water for making laser graphics and...

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What means Watt? Watt is a physical unit to measure power. What has Watt to do with laser displays? The power of show laser lights is measured in...

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What is Wavelength? The physical term Wavelength determines the color of a laser source and is specified in the unit nm (nanometer). As you can see...

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