• 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

    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


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

Edmund Optics: Mitutoyo Infinity Corrected Long Working Distance Objectives


  • Long Working Distances
  • Bright Field Inspection
  • High Quality Plan Apochromat Design
  • Good Color Reproducibility
  • Flat Image Surface over Entire Field of View

Now available from Edmund Optics, Mitutoyo’s objectives are world-renowned for setting the standard of excellence for long working distance microscope optics. They have achieved the best combination of working distance and optical performance by using a new approach—avoiding outdated conventions used by competitors. Making the objectives larger and longer has made the designs easier (95mm parfocalization length). In order to maintain as high an N.A. and contrast as possible, the lenses are all Plano Apochromats.

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Light Conversion Orpheus-F: Broad Bandwidth Hybrid Optical Parametric Amplifier

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  • Combines the best features of collinear and non-collinear OPA
  • <100 fs  pulse duration
  • Variable bandwidth
  • Single pulse – 1 MHz repetition rate
  • Computer controlled
Light Conversion'sORPHEUS-F is a hybrid optical parametric amplifier of whitelight continuum pumped by femtosecond Ytterbium based laser amplifiers. This OPA combines the short pulse durations that are produced by a non-collinear OPA and wide wavelength tuning range offered by collinear version. The Signal beam can be easily compressed with a simple prism-based setup down to < 60 fs in most of the tuning range, while Idler is compressed in bulk material down to 40 fs – 90 fs depending on wavelength.

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nLIGHT Announces 1200 W Single-Mode Fiber Laser

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nLIGHT, the technology leader in semiconductor and fiber lasers, introduces two new additions to its next generation fiber laser portfolio.  

  • For industrial material processing, the nLIGHT alta™ medium power fiber lasers are now available from 500 W to 1200 W, and provide the fastest repetition rate, shortest rise and fall time, and best beam quality. nLIGHT alta™ fiber lasers offer the highest power and smallest form factor in a fiber laser today.  
  • For metal cutting, welding and advanced fabricating, nLIGHT introduces high power fiber lasers from 2 kW to 4 kW with the fastest modulation rate and shortest pulse rise and fall times available in a commercial fiber laser. Now available at power levels from 500 W to 4 kW, the nLIGHT alta prime™ portfolio incorporates programmable pulse shaping and triggering for the highest degree of process optimization.

nLIGHT alta™ fiber lasers incorporate the industry’s first failsafe back reflection isolation technology for full power processing of highly reflective materials across all power levels. nLIGHT’s proprietary and industry-leading laser diode and fiber technologies enable industrial fiber lasers with unmatched performance, reliability and uptime. 

Phaseview: Ultra High Speed Scanning For Widefield or Light Sheet Microscopy

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Applications include:

  • 3D functional imaging of neuronal activity
  • Fast 3D recording of dynamic events or moving specimens
  • Electrophysology
  • Microfluidics
  • Live Imaging of cellular dynamics in three dimensions

Phaseview's new ThunderScan provides the highest scanning speed for volume imaging  in widefield fluorescence microscopy or light sheet microscopy. Instead of mechanical move for the specimen, the devices relies on digital lens technology with remote focusing capabilities. When combined with modern high speed sCMOS cameras, ThunderScan delivers flexible volume imaging with adjustable scanning range and speed. Download detailed brochure here.

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