• 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. 


Thorlabs release new Michelson Interferometer Educational Kit

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Michelson Interferometer Educational Kit

  • Designed for Educational, Demonstration, and Classroom Use
  • Complete Kit Includes All Hardware Except Variable Power Supply for the Thermal Expansion Experiment (12 VDC, 2 A)
  • Extensive Manual and Teaching Materials Provided
  • Easy to Assemble and Use
  • Choose from Kits Containing Imperial or Metric Components

Thorlabs' Michelson Interferometer Demonstration Kit highlights several ways that an interferometer can be used to take highly sensitive measurements. A laser and LEDs allow students to explore the concept of interference and examine how the coherence length of different light sources will affect the interferometer output. The interferometer can be aligned to produce white light interference using the included white LED, as shown in the photo to the right. Students can also use the setup to determine the refractive index of Plexiglas plates and the thermal expansion coefficient of an aluminum rod.

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piezosystem jena: The Piezo Gripper


The positioning or movement of fragile materials, small parts or micro systems needs actuators that are capable of precise and repeatable gripping motions without causing damage. The Piezo Gripper by piezosystem jena is an ideal system for such purposes. It can be used for manipulating micro optics (pick and place), sorting and assembling of fiber optics, precision manufacturing or handling of biological probes, among many others. 

The Piezo Gripper has a compact casing design and is able to do a grip motion of up to 300 µm. The used force of the gripper differs.  Gap width is adjustable as well making this gripper extremely flexible in use. Additionally, piezosystem jena is offering customers the possibility to completely customize the Piezo Gripper according to their specific needs and requirements.


Mad City Labs PicoQ Sensors are superior to capacitive Sensors


Nano-METZ position noise power spectrum showing flat response at low frequencies with position noise floor of 400 femtometer/√Hz. 

Mad City Labs' implementation of our exclusive PicoQ® sensor technology minimizes position noise for the best positioning resolution in the industry. Our high performance stages have moved beyond the realm of nanopositioning into picopositioning, leaving former competitors behind. Legacy capacitive sensors cannot achieve picometer resolution. The position noise power spectrum of the Nano-METZ is shown below left. Positioners with PicoQ® senorsexhibit noise floors in the femtometer/√Hz range and positioning resolution in the picometer range. Below right is a plot of the Nano-HS3M performing a 20 picometer peak-to-peak sine wave using the 20 bit DAC in the Mad City Labs USB interface, while the sensor is being rmeasured by the 24 bit ADC. The least signficant bit of the DAC is 5 picometers, and is clearly resolvable. Legacy capacitive sensors cannot measure anything at this level. Our competitors cannot produce similar data.

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Abberior STEDYCON: Imaging beyond barriers

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Abberior Instruments is known for extraordinary customization ability of its flexible STED microscope platform. We now take things in a different direction. We have developed a completely new instrument, the ultimate compact STED plus confocal microscope, called STEDYCON.

STEDYCON is a completely new class of nanoscope. It converts your conventional epifluorescence microscope into a powerful multicolor confocal and STED system! At the same time, it is incredibly compact and can be used by anyone!

  • Convert your existing microscope - Instantly upgrade any epifluorescence microscope body to multicolor confocal and STED capabilities.
  • Get top-notch STED performance - With STEDYCON your microscope will image at 30nm resolution.
  • Save Space - The incredibly compact STEDYCON comes at the size of a camera.
  • Plug & Play - The STEDYCON is assembled within minutes. It simply connects to the C-mount camera port of your microscope with no need for optical alignment.
  • Service and maintenance free - The laser beams of the STEDYCON are aligned by design as provided by its patent-protected 'easySTED' optical arrangement.
  • Innovative web-based user interface - The STEDYCON can be controlled via a browser on any PC, MAC or even a tablet!

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Ocean Optics and Land Rover Take on the “Trail by Fire”

The “Trail by Fire” project, funded by the 2015 bursary from Land Rover and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is an ambitious scientific expedition which will attempt to quantify the total amount of volatiles released by volcanoes along the Nazca subduction zone. Land Rover have turned a Defender 110 into the world’s first 4×4 volcano observatory, able to reach and measure active volcanoes never studied before.

Ocean Optics is proud to be a part of this expedition with Flame spectrometers measuring volcanic emissions on this journey of discovery.

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Solartron Analytical introduces the Apps-Lab XM Series

 Apps XM

Solartron Analytical’s new Apps-XM series of Xtreme Measurement products are each precisely focused on the requirements for specific applications.  These exciting new products have a much smaller footprint than most competitive units - delivering unmatched XM measurement performance while taking less of your restricted lab space.  Each XM module is individually calibrated using Solartron Analytical’s unique multi-point calibration and tested to rigorous standards ensuring best accuracy. Systems available:

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Fluorophores for Superresolution Microscopy: High Quality Primary Antibodies Conjugated to Abberior Dyes

Tom22 confocal

Vero cells labeled with Anti-Tom22 coupled to Abberior STAR 635P, Abberior STAR 600, Abberior STAR 580, Abberior STAR 440SXP imaged using confocal microscopy.

Abberior is pleased to announce its collaboration with Miltenyi Biotec to offer a custom conjugation of Abberior Dyes to primary antibodies from Miltenyi Biotec. Abberior offers fluorescent dyes and labels that are exceptionally well suited for superresolution microscopy such as STED, GSD, PALM, STORM, GSDIM, SIM, and RESOLFT. They also give outstanding results in confocal and epifluorescence microscopy as well as in single-molecule applications.  Now, in addition, customers can use the conjugation service offered by Miltenyi Biotec to get the primary antibody of choice coupled to any Abberior dye.

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Becker & Hickl: Small ps diode lasers deliver high power

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The Becker & Hickl BDS Series picosecond diode lasers combine small size with high power. The lasers come in industry-standard housings just 40 x 40 x 110 mm in size. Electronics is contained in the laser housing, the lasers are operated from a simple +12V wall-mounted power supply. The BDS-SM single-mode version has two internal repetition rates (20 MHz and 50 MHz) and a CW mode. Power is up to 5 mW in the pulsed mode and 50 mW in the CW mode. The pulse width is from 60 ps to 200 ps, depending on the wavelength version and the power. The lasers are available with free-beam output, with a permanently installed single-mode fibre, or with single-mode fibre couplers. The BDS-MM high-power multi-mode version delivers ps pulses at an average power up to 60 mW. It has two repetition rates, 50 MHz and 20 MHz. The BDS-MM version is available with a free-beam output or with a multi-mode fibre output. All BDS series lasers can be synchronised to an external clock source, have internal power stabilisation feedback, and fast on/off (modulation) capability.

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Laser Quantum gem laser vs Range Rover!

Ever wondered how robust a Laser Quantum laser is? Ever wanted to see its reliability proved in a real life example? Well now you can. A series of videos has been created showing the robustness and reliability of their lasers, with the first one now launched! Watch above to see video of the gem laser being put through its paces as it is run over by a Range Rover.  

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