• 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. 


Introducing Omega Optical: Optical Interference Filters for Research and Industry


Lastek is delighted to have been appointed Australian distributor for Omega Optical, manufacturers of optical interference filters for a wide range of scientific, research and industrial applications.

Founded in 1969 by Robert Johnson D. Sc., President and Technical Director, Omega Optical is a leader in photonics, exploring new areas with fresh ideas, an eager team, and the latest technology to produce the best in optical Interference filters. Our products encompass many markets and applications, including:

  • Medical Diagnostics: Point-of-Care Instrumentation, Hematology, Macular Degeneration, Real-Time Patient Monitoring and more.
  • Industrial: Environmental Monitoring, Machine Vision Systems, Spectroscopy, Lasers, Color Correction, Source Leveling and more.
  • Defense, Aerospace and Astronomy: Infra-Red Vision Systems, targeting systems, LIDAR, Conflict/Weapon Simulators, Outer Space Based Instrumentation, Ground-Based Telescope Systems, and more.

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LaVision: Large scale volumetric particle image velocimetry measurements were performed at a large Volkswagen wind tunnel

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Flow seeding was done with LaVision’s Helium-filled Soap Bubble Generator

The flow behind a full size serial car without modifications has been successfully measured at 60 km/h and 120 km/h with four LaVision high-speed cameras at 1450 frames per second in a wind tunnel at Volkswagen. The seeding rack, which emitted the 300 µm Helium-filled soap bubbles for seeding the flow, consisted of 6 x 10 nozzles in a vertical line and a overall height of 3.5 meters. The field of view was 4 m2 with 200 mm depth.

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Ondax: Cleanline ASE Filter and Laser Systems


CleanLineTM LM-FC with integrated ASE filters, optical isolator and fiber-coupled output

OndaxCleanLine™ Series ASE Filter Systems are a family of tightly integrated, pre-aligned, multi-element ASE Filter Modules designed to provide the enhanced narrow band, low noise, ASE-free laser performance required for ultra-low-frequency (low wavenumber) Raman spectroscopy, and other demanding spectroscopy or metrology applications. Incorporating their NoiseBlock™ ASE Suppression Filtersand configured for fast, easy alignment and use with their SureBlock™ XLF Series Raman Filter Systems, the CleanLine™ family is based on a proprietary solid-state, ultra-narrow band Volume Holographic Filter technology, delivering unlimited lifetime, exceptional throughput, and ultra-stable environmental performance.

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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.

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