• 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


Quantum Composers new Laser System Controller

Quantum Composers Laser Controllers

Quantum Composers releases the next generation in its line of laser system controllers. The new 1650 expands the capabilities of the model 1550 Laser Diode Driver Controller.  It allows the ability to easily control current levels, pulse modes, and interlock controls as well as monitor voltage and current levels from the driver.  In addition to providing complete control of the Laser Diode Driver, the LSC includes features such as q-switch triggering, external triggering, sync output, and additional I/O signals.  The LSC is a cost-effective solution for controlling various laser system setups.

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Edmund Optics: USB Digital Microscopes

  • 10 – 200X and 500X Magnifications Available
  • Polariser, UV, VIS, and IR Models
  • Measurement and Comparison Software Included

Edmund Optics USB Digital Microscopes provide a broad range of functionality, flexibility, and portability, while also offering expanded capability compared to traditional optical laboratory microscopes. Each USB Digital Microscope offers illumination adjustment, and includes a metal base stand for mounting and stability. These handheld digital microscopes are ideal for a variety of applications, including assembly and quality control, forensics, and dermatology, in addition to lab and hobbyist use.

Thorlabs 9-piece Colour-coded hex keys

Thorlab's new 9-piece colour-coded hex key sets are easily distinguishable and feature exposed ends for usual hex key fit. They are nickel plated, and an engraved holder is included. Available in imperial and metric sets.

iBeam smart WS - Wavelength Stabilized Diode Laser

Toptica iBeam Smart

  • High power (120 mW @ 785 nm), wavelength stabilized diode laser
  • Only true one-box solution in compact OEM diode lasers
  • Highest power stability
  • Flexible, µ-processor based electronics for easy integration
  • Perfect choice for Raman applications

The Toptica iBeam smart WS is the ultimate choice when looking for a compact and narrow line-width OEM diode laser system. It is the wavelength stabilized version of the iBeam smart featuring reliable wavelength stabilized diodes. Combined with iBeam smart’s flexible, µ-processor based electronics it makes system integration a snap.  

Edmund Optics Cylindrical Microlens Arrays

  • Generate Non-Gaussian Line Patterns
  • Ideal for Light Homogenization
  • Excellent Performance from 193nm – 2.5µm

Edmund Optics Cylindrical Microlens Arrays are used to homogenize a variety of light sources, including lasers or high power LEDs. Unlike Square Microlens Arrays, which generate spot patterns, Cylindrical Microlens Arrays yield non-gaussian line patterns, and are ideal for welding, drilling, or laser ablation applications from the UV to IR. Additionally, these lenses can be used as fast axis collimators.

TOPTICA’s guide star laser unveiled to the public for the first time

ESO’s portable guide star laser unit in operation during field tests at the Allgäu Public Observatory (courtesy: Timm Kasper).  

The SodiumStar 20/2, a novel approach to guide star laser technology will be on display at the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation conference in Amsterdam (July 1 to 4, 2012). This laser system was developed by TOPTICA jointly with the Canadian company MPB Communications and is based on the approach pursued by the laser group of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). A preproduction unit has successfully undergone extensive qualification testing (performance, lifetime, climate chamber: high and low temperature, altitude, EMC, transport climate, shock and vibration) to prove that it is able to cope with the harsh environmental conditions at its final destination at Cerro Paranal, Chile.

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AA Opto-electronic: Polychromatic Laser Modulators

AA Optoelectronics

Newsflash: WINDOWS 7 - 64 bits driver: now available for MDSnC for fast USB control

MDS: Multi Digital Synthesizer : These AA Optoelectronics drivers based on Direct Digital Synthesizers (DDS), produce multiple fixed stable and accurate RF frequency signals for polychromatic modulators. Their brand new design with "on the edge" technology offers unique performance in term of accuracy, speed and stability (single/multi-line), thanks to their internal temperature correction and high linearity design.The built in amplifier delivers the necessary RF power to drive the acousto-optic device, with reduced power consumption (AA "COLD DESIGN"). The RF output power per channel can be individually modulated (MOD IN signals) or simultaneously modulated (BLANKING signal). AA focussed on a ultra low crosstalk version with superior fast and fall time. The adjustments of the driver (Frequency & Power) can be done with a remote control, USB or through RS 232 communication to allow user flexibility in power control or frequency scanning.

Toptica Femtofiber Pro available for demonstration

Toptica Femtofiber pro

We currently have at Lastek a Toptica Femtofibre Pro laser that is available for the next few months for trials and demos. This is a very compact , robust and simple to operate, SESAM modelocked femtosecond laser.

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Thorlabs water-cooled breadboards



  • Working Pressure: Rated up to 80 psi
  • Working Temperature Range: 0 to 60 °C
  • Sizes: 12" x 12" and 12" x 24" (300 mm x 300 mm and 300 mm x 600 mm)

These Thorlabs water cooled breadboards are versions of their popular MB series breadboards that have been plumbed to accept a water supply. They feature a standard 1.0" or 25 mm hole pattern and are ideal for applications involving sensors, detectors, lasers, LEDs, or other apparatuses that may require temperature stabilization. The boards can be used for cooling or heating, depending on requirements.

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