Can detectors be used for pulsed laser profiles or positioning?
Yes, as long as the pulse width of the laser is long enough, the wavelength is in the correct range, and the power density is within limits. Please note the detector time constant of the model you are using/considering. The detector time constants are in the microsecond range. If the pulse width is significantly faster than this range, the detector will not have enough time to respond to the laser pulse.
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