• Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek
    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.

  • Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro
    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...

  • Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems
    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


New Whitepaper: How Embedded Motion Makes Great Products Smaller

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Starting new designs with all-in-one positioning modules allows product development engineers to achieve smallest system size

New Scale Technologies has released a new white paper detailing how the use of “embedded motion modules” can help product developers to make great products smaller.

Embedded motion modules are a new option for product design teams. Combining mechanical and electrical functions in one optimized, easy-to-integrate device, they speed the design process and ensure smallest system size. To avoid adding needless space and complexity for motion components, product designers should consider embedded motion modules at the beginning of the design process.

The white paper details the micro motion innovations that have made embedded motion modules possible. It shows how their use in scientific, industrial, commercial and other high-performance instruments maximizes performance while minimizing total system size. Several product application examples are included.

Download the white paper, Embedded Motion Modules Make Great Products Smaller. 

Thorlabs Multi-Position Sliders with Resonant Piezoelectric Motors


  • Ideal for OEMs and Applications Requiring Rapid Switching
  • Micro-B USB and Picoflex® Connectors for Control Signals
  • Multi-Drop Serial Communication Protocol Supported
  • SM1-Threaded (1.035"-40) Ports for Mounted Optics or Other Components
  • Photo-Interrupter Optical Sensor Technology for Precise Positioning
  • Compatible with 30 mm Cage System Components
  • Post Mount Adapter Available Below

Enquire about our Demonstration System now available for obligation free trial.

Thorlabs offers multi-position sliders with millisecond switching times enabled by Thorlabs' Elliptec™ piezoelectric resonant motor technology. The ELL6 Dual-Position Slider and the ELL9 Four-Position Slider are both available as standalone units, as well as in complete packages that include an interface board (Item #s ELL6K and ELL9K, respectively.) Our compact and lightweight multi-position sliders all use the same custom-designed PCB, with the ELL6 featuring one motor and the ELL9 including two. The motors are highly dynamic and have no gearing. As the motor includes no magnets, it is compatible with EM-sensitive environments. Please see The Elliptec™ Motor tab for more information.

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Elliptec™ Piezoelectric Motor Technology for Your OEM Application

Elliptec Linear Stage Handset Connections Labeled A4 780

  • Ideal for OEMs and Applications Requiring Rapid and Precise Positioning
  • Picoflex® Connector for Control Signals
  • Linear Stage with One 8-32 and Four 4-40 Tapped Holes
  • Magnetic Incremental Linear Encoder Used to Position Stage and Find Absolute Home Position

Driven by Thorlabs' Elliptec™ piezoelectric resonant motor technology, this linear stage is designed to meet the needs of applications whose designs require multiple networked Elliptec resonant motor products. With a mass of 0.104 kg and maximum dimensions of 102.3 mm x 67.0 mm x 18.4 mm (with the mounting bracket), the stage is lightweight and compact. It is also designed for closed-loop operation, which allows the translating platform be positioned with an accuracy of 50 µm and a repeatability of ±20 µm. When power is not applied to the motors, the stage is held in place by an approximately 1 N combined force exerted by the stationary arms of the motors. The motor is highly dynamic and has no gearing. As the motor includes no magnets, it is compatible with EM-sensitive environments. 

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Ocean Optics release new Calibration Sources


Ocean Optics spectrometer wavelength calibration sources are now available in configurations that span the UV to the NIR, with more convenient battery options, remote on/off, and LED indicators for battery charge and lamp activation.

The newer wavelength calibration source series (-2 models) includes mercury-argon (253-1700 nm), krypton (427-893 nm), neon (540-754 nm), argon (696-1704 nm) and xenon (986-1984 nm) gas-discharge emission sources.

With more emission lines to utilize, maintaining optimum spectrometer performance – for example, correcting for spectrometer baseline drift and related phenomena inherent to all spectrometers — is simpler to achieve.

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Becker and Hickl: TCSPC System Records FLIM of a Rotating Object


Small-animal tomography techniques - no matter whether optical or non-optical - often use rotation of the measurement object to obtain data for different projection angles. Such techniques can favourably be supplemented by recording time-resolved data, especially fluorescence lifetime images or time-resolved diffuse reflection images. The fluorescence lifetime delivers direct information on molecular parameters, and time-resolved diffuse reflection data deliver scattering and absorption parameters from different tissue layers.

To facilitate such combination techniques we developed a FLIM system which records a lifetime image of the entire circumferential surface of a three-dimensional object. The object is rotated around its vertical axis and simultaneously scanned vertically by a fast galvanometer scanner. The excitation light comes from a BDS-SM family picosecond diode laser. FLIM is recorded by a standard SPC-150 TCSPC module via the normal multidimensional recording process of the bh TCSPC devices. The resulting image is a developed view of the entire sample surface, containing a full fluorescence decay curve in each pixel.

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