• 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. Read more...

  • 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 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

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NASA, Ocean Optics and the discovery of water on the moon

Ocean Optics go to the moon

Last week, NASA announced the stunning discovery of water on the moon. This followed the deliberate crashing of a probe onto the lunar surface in October as part of the space agency's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite(LCROSS) mission.

The key measurements which enabled NASA scientists to conclude that water is definitely present on earth's nearest neighbour were made with a spectrometer which was designed and built by Ocean Optics. Known as ALICE, the instrument was a modified version of their highly sensitive model QE6500 spectrometer. It had to be sufficiently rugged to withstand the stresses of the journey and the crash-landing arrival, and then to function in the moon's extremely harsh environmental conditions. The success of the mission is testament to Ocean Optics unmatched capabilities in providing spectroscopic solutions for even the most demanding applications.

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Light Pipe Homogenising Rods from Edmund Optics

light pipes

Light Pipe Homogenising rods from Edmund Optics utilize total internal reflection to turn a non-uniform light source into uniform illumination. Also known as integrating rods or light pipes, they can be used to alter the spatial distribution of the source to provide more uniformity. The hexagonal configuration in these light pipes provides 35% less light lost when filling the clear aperture, than would a comparable square configuration. These glass rods can be used to mix and homogenize single or multiple point sources regardless of their individual spectral characteristics.

New releases from Quantum Composers

Quantum Composers

Quantum Composers, leading manufacturers of precision pulse and digital delay generators, have announced two important new upgrades to existing product lines. Firstly, the recently released 9520 series of Digital Delay Pulse Generators now offers full programming compatibility with the Stanford Research DG535, providing a convenient upgrade path for existing Stanford users to migrate to Quantum Composers instruments whilst retaining existing code. Secondly, a new high-voltage output module has also been released for the 9520 series. The new model AT-45 offers significantly improved performance over its predecessor including faster rise/fall times below 2ns and longer pulse widths to 1 second.

Biophase: Digital Cell Imaging System from Phaseview

Biophase

BioPhase: provides in-situ stain free cell monitoring using brightfield objectives

BioPhase is an imaging device from PhaseView with unique capability of simultaneous acquisition of intensity and phase data at ultra high resolution, providing qualitative cell imaging and accurate quantitative measurements with outstanding key benefits.

Time lapse monitoring of 3D cell morphology can be performed without contrast agents with related photo toxicity and without specialized optics for free space manipulation. Cells can remain in situ in their growth medium using standard incubation flasks, Petri dishes or multi well plates.

The smart BioPhase camera is compatible with any optical microscope equipped with a video port and standard brightfield objectives. In addition fluorescence, confocal or TIRF images can be acquired using the same objective as well as providing simultaneously phase contrast imaging.

Unlike DIC or Phase Contrast techniques with halo or gradient side effects, BioPhase delivers true quantitative phase data for counting or volume measurements.

Ellipsometry: A Versatile Technique for Thin Film Measurement

Ellipsometry is a versatile and powerful optical technique for the characterisation of thin films in a very wide variety of contexts and applications. It works by measuring the change in the state of polarisation of light reflected off the surface of the film. Its extremely high sensitivity makes it an unequalled tool for the metrology of thin film surfaces. Lastek offers a selection of ellipsometers, from Nanofilm

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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

PhaseView

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.

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