• 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. 


Ames Photonics launch new website

Ames Photonics

Ames Photonics have launched an all-new website describing their extensive range of modular tools for spectroscopy.

Ames has been producing high quality CCD detectors since 1996. Their products are widely used in a broad range of applications including pulsed and ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Since then they have also evolved a suite of complementary products which make it possible for spectroscopists to assemble cost-effective complete systems from a wide range of interchangeable components, including visible and near-infrared detectors, advanced control software, hardware interfaces and instument integation. The new site includes details of their LARRY and GARRY series of linear CCD detectors, and their extensive range of innovative spectroscopic components and instruments. The recently releseased Oculus USB plug-n-play photodetector and the MMULS Multifunction Ultrafast Spectrometer are also both described in detail.

Holography without lasers

holograms without lasers

As a laser vendor, we should be supressing this information, but it's so cool we can't help share it. Here's an excellent article explaining how to create hand-made holograms with just a few simple tools. No laser required! Amazing. Read all about it here, or to watch a video, click on "Read More...".

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Introducing PhaseView: The Digital Wavefront Company


Lastek is delighted to be appointed Australian/New Zealand distributors for PhaseView, the Digital Wavefront Company. PhaseView offers high precision, easy to use, and cost-efective standalone and OEM 3D optical measurement instruments and non-destructive solutions for quality control, life sciences, photonics and defence. Their range of products falls in two broad categories: 3D surface metrology and Wavefront Sensing. Applications in surface metrology include semiconductors, photovoltaics, and metal/polymer finishes. In the field of wavefront sensing, applications include wavefront analysis, lens testing, laser characterisation and ophthalmology. Contact Lastek to discuss how PhaseView systems can assist with your specific metrology problem.

LaVision/Lastek at PIV09

LaVision and Lastek will be exhibiting at the upcoming 8th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry, to be held at Monash University, Melbourne, from August 25 - 28. We extend an invitation to visit us at the Trade Exhibition to see the range of state-of-the-art PIV systems offered by LaVision. We will also be conducting a series of on-site customer demonstrations either side of the conference dates throughout Australia. If you would like the opportunity to see the benefits of LaVision technology first-hand in your laboratory or facility, please contact Anthony Quinn at Lastek to arrange a visit. Also, please see our extensive webpages describing the complete range of flow visualisation systems available from LaVision here. We look forward to seeing you at PIV09 in Melbourne this August.

New: Ames Photonics Oculus: Plug'n'play USB Photodetector


Ames Photonics have released the Oculus , a series of plug and play USB photodetectors/gated optical integrators.

These versatile systems have been developed for measuring and logging CW and pulsed optical and laser sources in the 200-1700nm range. All operating parameters (integration time, interval between samples, averaging, internal delay and box-car mode operation) are controlled via open -source software. Each detector is supplied with a Software Development Kit containing examples of typical detector acquisition and display programs in Labview, C++, VB and SpectraScript. These examples can be used to make simple measurements. Source code is included, enabling users to extend these programs or write completely new ones to control the detectors and integrate them into larger experiments.

The detectors incorporate low noise, high gain 16 bit oversampling amplifiers for high sensitivity. Typical saturation signals are a few nJ. The shortest integration time is 20 microseconds, the longest 10 seconds. The detectors incorporate an external trigger input and internal, programmable delay generator for synchronization to pulsed sources.

Click here to download the Oculus brochure, or contact us for further information.

New Innovative Products from Toptica


It's been a busy year for innovation at Toptica Photonics, who have recently released a swag of new products. Click on links to read  the news releases describing:

New iBeam Smart: The ultra-compact diode laser

New FemtoFibre Pro : Next generation of femtosecond fibre lasers

pro Series Completed: Best specifications and hands-off operation

new OEM 325nm Diode Laser : Toptica break through the wavelength/power curve

new cw Terahertz Spectroscopy kit : Integrating leading edge photomixer technology

Giant Laser Reactor Unveiled in California

Giant Laser Reactor

A massive laser fusion reactor at the National Ignition Facility, part of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, San Francisco, was formally opened recently in front of dignitaries including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Inside the reactor, 192 laser beams are focussed on a target the size of a bean, heating it to temperatures comparable to the interior of the sun. Read more here.

Open source PET electronics reduces time to build PET systems

PET image of brainscan

SensL, manufacturers of solid-state solutions for low-light-level sensing, have announced a
a joint collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to produce open source PET (Positron Emission Tomography) system electronics. Companies and researchers who wish to rapidly develop PET and SPECT systems can now do so with the use of an open source PET electronics specification (OpenPET).  Designers who adopt OpenPET will benefit from faster system design and a worldwide network of users who will maintain and improve the system architecture on a collaborative basis.

The system is based around a flexible PET and SPECT system architecture which has been designed for use with a variety of detector front ends. The system electronics, firmware and software will provide everything that is required to build PET and SPECT systems. Initial system design will be optimized for use with SensL's Silicon Photomultiplier, PMT replacement detector technology .

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