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InSight X3+ A InSight X3 A
Output Characteristics Main Output Dual Output Main Output Dual Output
Tuning Range 680 nm-1300 nm 1045 nm (fixed) 680 nm-1300 nm 1045 nm (fixed)
Average Power2 >1.4 W at 700 nm
>2.1 W at 800 nm
>2.6 W at 900 nm
>2.2 W at 1000 nm
>2.0 W at 1100 nm
>1.7 W at 1200 nm
>1.2 W at 1300 nm
>3.0 W  >0.9 W at 700 nm
>1.4 W at 800 nm
>1.8 W at 900 nm
>1.6 W at 1000 nm
>1.4W at 1100 nm
>1.2 W at 1200 nm
>0.9 W at 1300 nm
>3.0 W 
Pulse Width2 <120 fs <170 fs <120 fs <200 fs
Noise2,3,4 <0.5 % <0.25 % <0.5 % <0.5 %
Pre-compensation Dispersion Range 680 nm: 0 fs2 to -25,000 fs2
800 nm: 0 fs2 to -17,000 fs2
900 nm: 0 fs2 to -12,000 fs2
1050 nm: 0 fs2 to -5,500 fs2
1300 nm: 0 fs2 to -4,500 fs2
N/A 680 nm: 0 fs2 to -25,000 fs2
800 nm: 0 fs2 to -17,000 fs2
900 nm: 0 fs2 to -12,000 fs2
1050 nm: 0 fs2 to -5,500 fs2
1300 nm: 0 fs2 to -4,500 fs2
Repetition Rate 80 MHz
Spatial Mode2 TEM00 M2 <1.2
Beam Diameter (1/e²)2 1.1 ±0.3 mm
Beam Divergence, full angle2 <1.5 mrad
Beam Roundness2 0.8-1.2 
Beam Astigmatism2 <25 %
Beam Pointing Stability5 <350 µrad
Tuning Speed6 >50 nm/sec
Stability7 <±1 %
Polarization2 >500:1 horizontal

Attenuator Control

InSight X3+ A InSight X3 A
Rise Time [5% - 95%] <500 ns
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Minimum Control Step 0.1%
Analog Control 0–10 V
Input Impedance 10 kΩ

Environmental Requirements

InSight X3+ A InSight X3 A
Altitude Up to 2000 m
Temperature, Operating 20-25°C
Relative Humidity, Operating Maximum 75% non-condensing up to 25°C
Temperature, Storage 15-35°C
Relative Humidity, Storage Maximum 65% for 15-35°C
Cooled Water Temperature in Closed-loop Chiller 21°C, Typical

Electrical Requirements

InSight X3+ A InSight X3 A
Power Supply 100-120 V~/200-240 V~, 50/60 Hz
Chiller 100-200 V~, 50/60 HzC
Total System Power Consumption <1500 W
Communication Interface RS-232, USB, PC required
Sync Signal SMA


  1. Due to our continuous improvement program, specifications may change without notice.
  2. Specification applies to 900 nm (tunable) output.
  3. A sech2 pulse shape is used to determine the pulse width as measured with a Newport PulseScout® autocorrelator.
  4. Specification represents rms noise measured in a 10 Hz to 10 MHz bandwidth.
  5. Maximum deviation across the entire tuning range and precompensation dispersion range.
  6. Averaged over entire tuning range.
  7. Percent power drift in any 2-hour period with less than ±1°C temperature change after a 1-hour warm up.
  8. For alternate impedance, contact factory.
  9. InSight X3+ A and InSight X3 A are Class IV – High- Power Lasers, whose beams are, by definition, safety and fire hazards. Take precautions to prevent exposure to direct and reflected beams. Diffuse as well as specular reflections can cause severe skin or eye damage.



The Spectra-Physics InSight X3+ A and InSight X3 A models are equipped with integrated attenuation for real-time optimization of the experimental pulse energy. Built on the proven InSight platform with >950 peer-reviewed publications, InSight X3+ A and InSight X3 A lasers are designed to produce results. Each model delivers high average power, short pulses and dispersion compensation to support the most demanding experiments in neuroscience, immunology and biology.

Ultra-Wide Tuning Range

The InSight platform is designed for advanced multiphoton microscopy in neuroscience, immunology, and other biological sciences. Based on patented technology1 , InSight features a broad, gap free tuning curve that spans 680 nm to 1300 nm; nearly doubling the wavelength coverage of legacy Ti:Sapphire lasers. The InSight tuning curve peaks in the 900 to 1100 nm region to excite the most common green and red fluorophores including GFP, RFP, GCaMP, jRGECO, and mCherry. The InSight X3+ provides higher powers at the longest wavelengths between 1280–1300 nm for excitation of far red fluorophores.

Exceptional Performance

With Spectra-Physics’ integrated and patented DeepSee™ dispersion pre-compensation module, short femtosecond pulses are optimally delivered through the microscope to provide maximum fluorescence and penetration depth. The InSight has exceptional beam pointing stability, beam quality, output power stability and noise, with fast wavelength tuning. When equipped with the fixed 1045 nm dual beam option, the InSight platform fully supports the diverse needs of multimodal imaging. The two synchronized output beams enable simultaneous imaging of various fluorescence proteins, genetically encoded calcium indicators, second and third harmonic generation, and advanced imaging techniques such as CARS and SRS.

Compatible Power Sensors

To verify and analyze the output power of your InSight X3+/X3 laser, we recommend the Ophir 10A  thermal power sensor and Centauri laser power meter.  Additional information on this laser measurement equipment can be found on the ophiropt.com website.  Other Ophir sensors and meters may also be suitable for the InSight X3+/X3, depending on application. Ophir also works with laser system developers to achieve embedded beam diagnostics to monitor system performance as an OEM solution.

Bio-Imaging Ultrafast Lasers Tuning Curve