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    Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek

    Abberior Instruments has partnered with Lastek in Australia and New Zealand to offer the most complete experience for super resolution microscopy. Read more here.

  • Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera
    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera

    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 is the best performing SWIR camera in the world. Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details. Read more.

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    Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro

    The new digital laser controller for TOPTICA’s tunable diode laser DL pro sets new benchmarks with regards to low noise and low drift levels.

    Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details.

  • High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources
    High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources

    Analyses multi-line or broadband spectra of cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. Read more...

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    Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems

    ALIO Designs and Manufacturers Proprietary Robotic Devices and Tools that Enable Precise Nano-Scale Movements for Manufacturing and Research & Development


Laser Quantum: Lasers on a Zero-g plane

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The University of Greifswald recently used a Laser Quantum gem laser laser on a zero-g plane! It had been used as a source for the light sheet analysing dusty plasmons under micro gravity to test a theory.

The robustness of the laser was a key attribute in undertaking the experiment: The gem, which has recently been the star of the Laser Quantum video’s ‘The gem vs. series’, once again demonstrated its adaptability and durability when working in different environments. It was used in the application of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) where dusty plasmons under micro gravity were collected for data, at the time of writing this data is currently being analysed.

The gem is a compact, high specification, single transverse mode continuous wave laser. Capable of outputting up to 2 W, the gem offers a highly stable, diffraction limited beam that is reliable in many environments. To find out more about the gem laser, please click here.

Ocean Optics Wave Illumination is Accurate, Easy and Connected

Wave Illumination by Ocean Optics provides solutions for measuring the complex lit environment. WaveGo is ideal for applications that require a simple, yet highly accurate result when characterizing light sources. The app calculates all the essential metrics for quantifying light, with more features on the way.

This solution harnesses the technology used for scientific analysis, along with the power of your smartphone, to deliver an accurate and intuitive solution for light measurement on the go. Learn more at https://waveillumination.com/

Lyncée Tec: Latest Innovation for Automated Inspection

Wafer inspection using digital holography microscopy: Digital holography enables fast and stable 3D topography acquisition. It is ideal for wafer level inspection. Structure height, flatness, defect are measurable at unrivalled speed.

Lyncée Tec announce an innovative Lens-less sensor, capable of scanning a full wafer in 60 seconds ! Compact new design, easy to integrate, customizable UI! Fastest 3D profilometer ever build!

Becker and Hickl DCS-120 FLIM system records X-Y mosaics

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Above: FLIM mosaic of BPAE cell scample, 248x248 pixels, 256 time channels. Below: Zoom into data shown above.

With software version 9.76, the control of a motorised sample stage has been integrated in the Becker and Hickl SPCM TCSPC/FLIM data acquisition software. In combination with the Mosaic FLIM function of SPCM, the sample stage can be used to record arrays of FLIM images with the Becker and Hickl DCS-120 confocal and multiphoton FLIM systems. The FLIM system scans an image at one position of the sample, then offsets the sample by the size of the scan area, and scans a new image. The process is repeated, combining the images of the individual frames into a single, large x-y-t data set. Images covering an area of several mm diameter can be obtained with high-NA objective lenses. Compared to a single scan with a low-magnification objective lens, a higher collection, a higher 2p excitation efficiency, and a higher optical resolution is obtained.

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Abberior Instruments EPYCON: Convert any epifluorescence microscope to confocal!

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Abberior Instruments EPYCON readily converts any light microscope to a confocal with four fluorescence excitation lines:

  • 405nm (UV), 488nm, 561nm, 640nm
  • Installation within minutes 
  • Upgradable to Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
  • Upgradable to STEDYCON: cutting-edge STED at 30 nm resolution
  • Highly affordable

Becker and Hickl: New PMC-150 detector has 120 ps IRF width


The Becker and Hickl PMC-150 is a cooled PMT module for TCSPC applications. It contains a fast miniature PMT along with a Peltier cooler, a high voltage generator, a GHz pulse amplifier and a current sensing circuit. Due to the high gain and bandwidth of the device a single photon yields an output pulse with an amplitude in the range of 100 to 200 mV and a pulse width of 1.5 ns.  Due to the high gain and the efficient shielding noise pickup is minimised. Therefore the PMC-150 yields high time resolution and high counting efficiency.

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YSL Photonics’ FemtoYL-100: high power femotosecond fiber laser

YSL Photonics FemtoYL-100

YSL Photonics’ announce the release of the FemtoYL™-100, their latest high power femotosecond fiber laser. Capable of delivering a 500fs pulse width with100uJ pulse energy, it is an ideal laser for micromachining and related applications.

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Toptica TopWave: Industrial cw UV lasers

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TOPTICA's new TopWave provides 150 mW output power at a wavelength of 266 nm. These specifications make this cw deep-UV laser an ideal tool for sophisticated measurement and production tasks in e.g. semicon inspection, lithography or Raman spectroscopy. It is a cost-effective and reliable turnkey system that enables the user to concentrate on their application rather than worrying about the light source. The TopWave can be operated via a touch panel control unit or via USB/Ethernet using a PC GUI.

The complete UV beam path, including the resonant doubling cavity, is enclosed in a specially sealed compartment. In combination with a fully automated shifter of the doubling crystal it enables a typical lifetime of > 10,000 hours, which is key for the use in any industrial application. Consistent beam quality (M² < 1.3) is provided by an optimized beam shaping setup which is also integrated inside the sealed UV section. To avoid contamination of the exit window in non-cleanroom environments the user can connect his purge line to the provided interface.

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Raptor’s Ninox cooled Vis-SWIR camera helps advance medical imaging techniques

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An exciting new paper published by one of Raptor Photonics' customers highlights how the Ninox 640 camera has helped advance in-vivo and in-vitro medical imaging. Zbigniew Starosolski and his colleagues in Children’s Hospital, Texas have been using their cooled InGaAs Ninox camera for several months, imaging in the “NIR-II” window (1000–1700 nm) enabling deeper imaging into underlying tissues. Read the paper online here.

The availability of InGaAs cameras has propelled the development of NIR-II fluorescent dyes and imaging agents for preclinical testing based on a variety of platforms including single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), quantum dot nanoparticles, rare earth doped nanoparticles, polymeric nanoparticles, and small molecule water soluble dyes. NIR-II imaging using these agents have demonstrated improved depth of penetration, thereby enabling sub-surface vascular imaging at high spatial resolution.

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The Laser Quantum torus and its use in Brillouin scattering applications

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Read these two papers to find out more about how the Laser Quantum torus laser can be used in Brillouin scattering applications:

The first paper by G. Scarcelli et. al. demonstrates a label-free microscopy technique of contactless access to biomechanical properties . This technique is based on Brillouin light scattering and the method uses the Laser Quantum torus, a single-longitudinal mode laser. This new method not only makes physical contact obsolete to access these properties, but also increases the resolution onto the order of the wavelength used.

To read the full paper please click here.

The second article by J. Zhang et. al, uses Brillouin spectroscopy to determine the mechanical properties of material. This paper looks at parallel detection, where the Brillouin shift of hundreds of points can be measured simultaneously. Parallel detection is a major step forward in bringing this technique towards real world acquisition speeds. Brillouin scattering complements Raman spectroscopy as a label-free spectroscopy technique, also being able to work in e.g. an aqueous environment experiment in which the torus laser is used. To read the full paper, please click here.

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