• 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


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

    With TOPTICA’s DLC pro, high-end laser control now enters the digital world! 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

    The High Finesse LSA Laser Spectrum Analyser is designed to analyse the multi-line or broadband spectrum of light sources such as cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. 


Lasers in the News


Dancing Weyl cones: When excited by tailored laser pulses (white spiral), the cones in a Dirac fermion material dance on a path (8-shape) that can be controlled by the laser light. This turns a Dirac material into a Weyl material, changing the nature of the quasiparticles in it. One of the cones hosts right-handed Weyl fermions; the other cone hosts left-handed ones. Credit: Joerg M. Harms/MPSD
Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states

Lasers could generate shields out of thin air

Lasers activate killer instinct in mice

New laser based on unusual physics phenomenon could improve telecommunications, computing

China opens unique free electon laser facility

Laser metronome achieves record synchronization

Tiny laser created using nanoparticles

Abberior Instruments STED workshop at Light Microscopy Australia Conference


Lastek, MMI and Abberior Instruments are organising a STED workshop to take place immediately before the Light Microscopy Australia Conference in Melbourne, which will run from February 1-3, 2017, at the Walter+Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. 

The Lastek/MMI/Abberior Instruments STED workshop will be held on the 31st January at Monash Micro Imaging.

At the workshop, we will demonstrate the Abberior Instruments STED system with easy3D STED and RESCue STED and the Abberior Instruments STEDYCON. Dr. Gero Schlötel, an Application Specialist from Abberior Instruments in Germany will join us for the event.

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Limited-time Offer on Ocean Optics UV Spectroradiometer: Absolute Irradiance System Available at Great Savings


In the spirit of the season, Ocean Optics are offering a complete UV irradiance system for just US$999 – a tremendous bargain on a system that typically retails for nearly US$2,800! You’ll have everything you need to start making measurements as soon as you receive your system. The STS-UV-RAD offer is an attractive option for customers with UV irradiance needs ranging from monitoring UV curing lamps and horticultural lighting to measuring solar radiation. And it’s a great time to revisit those earlier UV irradiance applications that may have been out of reach due to budget constraints.

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Laser Quantum: The gem vs. the wacker plate!

The Laser Quantum gem is a compact laser from their continuous wave range; it has been faced with a number of challenges over the previous months to demonstrate its robustness and reliability. After battling with (and winning against) a Range Rover, gravity and Arctic conditions, the gem is being put through its paces yet again. This time the gem faces the wacker plate, a vibrating compactor machine, often used by builders. This is the ultimate vibration test outside of the lab. Watch the latest video now to find out if the gem survives…  

Raptor Photonics: Eagle XO X-Ray Cooled 1MP and 4MP High Energy CCDs

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Introducing a high energy version one of the most sensitive CCD cameras in the World. Using back-illuminated 1MP and 4MP CCD sensors from e2v, and putting into Raptor’s proprietary PentaVac vacuum enclosure and cooling it to a delta of greater than -110°C, the Raptor PhotonicsEagle XO is an open front detector with a range of flanges available.  

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Compact, convenient, cost-efficient: TOPTICA’s new iChrome CLE


TOPTICA’s new laser combiner engine iChrome CLE includes four laser sources in one compact box. It provides up to 20 mW of output power at 405, 488, 561 and 640 nm each. All integrated wavelengths are controllable via a unified user interface (analog and digital inputs, as well as RS232 and Ethernet). TOPTICA also provides a ready-to-use, user-friendly control software and a powerful command set for full OEM integration.The multi-laser system features unique modulation capabilities up to 1 MHz analog and digital modulation frequency. TOPTICA’s automated alignment procedure COOLAC guarantees a straightforward plug & play installation and an unsurpassed stability over the system’s lifetime.

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Download for free the latest Laser Quantum venteon vCHIRP demo software

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The venteon vCHIRP is a software tool allowing the calculation of dispersion characteristics of a femtosecond laser pulse propagating through various media elements and provides information on the best method to obtain a recompressed pulse at the point of use. It is specifically designed for ultra-broadband femtosecond lasers and GDD mirrors. The latest version of the software is now available (version 1.7), and features: dispersion and pulse compression calculations for designing your ultrafast experiment; a huge material database to select the dispersion characteristics, a wide range of glass materials such as BK7, Fused Silica, BaF2, CaF2, Sapphire; and  dispersion characteristics of DCM7 & 9 dispersion compensating mirrors.

In addition, vCHIRP supports many optical elements, such as grating compressors, and template pulses, such as Gaussian pulses or user-measured spectra. Using vCHIRP you can tweak your ultrafast experiment for optimal pulse recompression at the place of interest. Download your demo for free here.

TOPTICA’s CTL is now available at 1050, 1320 and 1470 nm – with up to 110 nm mode-hop-free tuning!

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Continuous, mode-hop-free wavelength tuning up to 110 nm is now possible around the new central wavelengths 1050, 1320 and 1470 nm. These new wavelengths complement the portfolio of TOPTICA’s laser platform CTL (Continuously Tunable Lasers).

TOPTICA’s CTL diode lasers are currently available at wavelengths ranging between 915 and 1630 nm. They can achieve ultra wide mode-hop-free motorized wavelength scans with high absolute accuracy, sub-pm resolution and output powers up to 80 mW. Piezo tuning allows even higher resolutions down to 5 kHz. With its unique resonator design, as well as its versatile and lowest noise all-digital controller (DLC pro), the CTL reaches low drift values and a linewidth below 10 kHz. The completely digital architecture enables mode-hop-free operation with a SMILE (Single Mode Intelligent Loop Engine), which is an active feedback loop that makes sure the laser always stays on the same mode – even during 110 nm wide scans. The controller offers a unique ease of use via touchscreen, knobs and buttons for functions like zooming into spectra, frequency locking and power stabilization. Remote control is possible with a convenient PC GUI or a powerful command language via TCP/IP and USB.

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The gem laser vs. the Arctic

What happens when you combine a gem laser, a bucket of water and a freezer? Laser Quantum tried it out and froze the laser in a block of ice in order to bring you the next in the series of their robust laser videos! How will the gem perform after facing Arctic conditions that not even man can survive? Watch and find out…

All of Laser Quantum's lasers face rigorous laboratory testing prior to sending out to any customer, and these robust laser video series are intended to demonstrate in an exaggerated way, the extreme conditions these lasers can withstand.

Positioning for Microscope Objectives - piezosystem jena's MIPOS R 120

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Image: The MIPOS R120 positions the whole lens revolver.

For Microscopy applications using multiple lenses in fast alternation, piezosystem jena developed a very special MIPOS model: The MIPOS R120. This piezo stage positions the whole lens revolver. Users can easily switch between objectives without losing focus on the part of the probe that is examined. This significantly increases inspection and analysis times and spares the user the time-consuming positioning of individual lenses.

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