• 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. 


Ocean Optics QE Pro High Performance Spectrometer


The sensitivity and large dynamic range of the Ocean Optics QE Pro combine to make it the highest-performance miniature spectrometer in its class. Absorption, reflectance, fluorescence and Raman measurements all benefit from the superior performance of the QE Pro.

For advanced measurements, a 15,000 spectra buffer ensures data integrity at high collection rates and an advanced optical design and thermoelectric cooler combine to provide thermal stability over long-term measurements. Whether for high speed or wide concentration range measurements, the QE Pro brings exceptional performance to your lab or process application. 

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Light Conversion Carbide: Femtosecond lasers for science and industry

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Light Conversion offers the CARBIDE  industrial femtosecond laser. Featuring output power of >5 W at 1028 nm wavelength, with highest pulse energies of >85 μJ, it maintains all the best features of its predecessor PHAROS: variable pulse repetition rate in the range of 60 – 1000 kHz (amplifier internal clock) with the built in pulse picker feature for pulse output control, computer controllable pulse duration 290 fs – 10 ps.

In addition to usual parameters CARBIDE brings in a few new technologies, one of the most important being a few times higher output average power to wall plug efficiency. It also features novel approach to a cavity design where oscillator, stretcher / compressor and amplifier are integrated into a single housing, this way optimized for volume production. It also allows fast warm up (important for medical applications), easy access to pump LD modules for replacement. Intra cavity pulse picker allows reduction of cost and power consumption.

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Altechna Watt Pilot - Motorized Attenuator enhanced for high energy and ultrashort laser pulses


Altechna's Enhanced Watt Pilot version incorporates rotating quartz λ/2 phase waveplate and one or two thin film polarizers which separate s-polarized and p-polarized beams. The intensity ratio of these two beams is continuously tuned by rotating the waveplate. 

Watt Pilot is essential in systems, where stable laser power adjusting is necessary. Despite stand alone device look, motorized attenuator is very compact and it can be easily integrated in custom optical system.  

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Princeton Applied Research: VS Stylus for SECM Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy

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In collaboration with LEPA-EPFL, Princeton Applied Research are pleased to offer the Soft Stylus Probe contact mode technique developed by Professor Hubert Girault and co-workers for constant distance SECM. The probe technology offers the following benefits:

  • Constant distance SECM: SECM imaging without major topographic artefacts. Ideal for tilted, corrugated and rough samples.
  • Soft contact with sample: with a contact force up to 1000 times less than hard probe technology, soft probes are ideal for studying biological samples in constant distance mode SECM.
  • Low cost: no need for additional hardware and special feedback control electronics to control vertical position of the probe with respect to the sample.
  • Faster measurements: no need to measure topography before SECM scans. Fast approach curve to find the sample surface.
  • Flexible and stable Probes: no risk of damaging the probe or sample during positioning and scanning.
  • Small Tip: – Substrate better distance is easily achieved greatly enhancing contrast imaging and improving image resolution.
  • Easy Electrode Preparation: The tip of the electrodes can be cut after each use ensuring a clean surface. Replacement probes can be purchased.

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Abberior Instruments Announce STEDYCON Webinar

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Abberior Instruments have announced an upcoming webinar on the STEDYCON superresolution microscope. Please register here:

Abberior Instruments focus their creative potential into changing the way you do microscopy. In order to provide superresolution to a broad community of users, they have established a new business unit that focuses on plug & play nanoscopy. The result is…STEDYCON. STEDYCON represents a new class of nanoscopes: it upgrades your existing epifluorescence microscope to both confocal and multicolor STED. Yet it is incredibly compact!
  • Instantly upgrade any epifluorescence body to confocal and STED
  • Get top-notch performance: STED resolution of 30nm
  • Save space: the STEDYCON is the size of a camera
  • Service & maintenance free: All beams are aligned by design
  • Plug & Play: start taking STED-images within minutes
  • Innovative web-based software interface: the STEDYCON can be controlled via
    a browser on any PC, MAC or even a tablet.

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Illumination for fluorescence microscopy can be simple with the NEW CoolLED pE-300lite

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With 10 years’ experience, CoolLED wanted to make an illumination product which is accessible to all.  The NEW pE-300lite from CoolLED is all about simplicity. Designed to fit most microscopes, the pE-300lite uses the same award winning technology as our more sophisticated LED Illumination Systems.  The pE-300lite is a compact system at a cost which makes it accessible to all.

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Mad City Labs: Application of Picometer Resolution - Direct Measurement of Calibration Standard

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3D representation of Si (111) atomic steps measured by AFM.

Position noise is critical to the resolution of many applications including Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Mad City Labs metrology-class picopositioners™ can be used to build high resolution AFM systems that can detect picometer-scale features. Accurate measurements of single atomic steps in Silicon (111), shown to the left, demonstrate the capabilities of an AFM built with Mad City Labs picopositioners™. The measurement of atomic steps in Silicon (111) is a direct measurement of an established calibration standard. Additional AFM performance demonstrations are available.

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SensL J Series: High-Density Fill Factor Silicon Photomultipliers

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SensL’sJ-Series sensors have been optimized for high-performance timing applications, such as ToF-PET. They feature industry-leading low dark count rates of 45kHz/mm2, in combination with exceptional breakdown voltage uniformity of ±250mV. Due to increased microcell density, PDE of >50% are achieved and extend far into the blue part of the spectrum using a high-volume, P-on-N silicon process. J-Series sensors are available in 3mm and 6mm sizes packaged in a TSV chip scale package that is compatible with industry standard, lead-free, reflow soldering processes. J-Series sensors also feature SensL’s unique fast output.

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Leibinger Innovation Prize for TOPTICA Guide Star Laser

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Four units of TOPTICA’s laser guide star system “SodiumStar 20/2” project powerful orange beams into the air in Chile’s Atacama desert at the VLT. (Credit: ESO/F. Kamphues)

On September 9th 2016, TOPTICA’s guide star laser SodiumStar 20/2 was rewarded with the third place of the highly prestigious Laser Research Innovation Award presented by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. The “Guide Star Alliance”, consisting of TOPTICA Photonics AG (Germany), MPB Communications Inc. (Canada) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), developed a novel high power laser system over a period of more than seven years serving as Guide Star for the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and other Large and Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT). This technology is a very long sought for key component for the construction of modern, earth-based telescopes and it has created already a large impact in the performance, reliability and maintenance of such high-tech devices.

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Lasers in the News


Orbital angular momentum (OAM) vortices (pink ringlike objects) are three-dimensional laser light structures that rotate around a central beam, much like water circles around a drain. Physicists and engineers have studied this type of laser vortex since the 1990s as a tool to help improve microscopy and telecommunications. Credit: Howard Milchberg

Physicists discover 'smoke rings' made of laser light

Parrtjima laser show in Central Australia 'could cause wallabies to miscarry'

Laser polarization boosts quality of proton beams

I Tried Lasering My Underarms And I Will Never EVER Go Back To The Razor

Laser-based broadband wins 2016 EU young scientist award

Scientists build a laser using human blood

New laser provides ultra-precise tool for scientists probing the secrets of the universe

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