• 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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  • 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.

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  • Abet Technologies LS 150 Xenon Arc Lamp Source
    Abet Technologies LS 150 Xenon Arc Lamp Source

    The patent pending LS-150 is a compact, integrated, functional and stable 150 watt arc lamp based light source. The entire source, power supply, lamp, and optical compartment are housed in an extremely compact enclosure, 9 x 6 x 11 inches.  

    Demonstration system now available.
  • Multi-Function Supercontinuum Fibre Laser SC-Pro from YSL
    Multi-Function Supercontinuum Fibre Laser SC-Pro from YSL

    The SC-Pro from YSL Photonics is a supercontinuum laser with tunable MHz-range repetition rate and adjustable power.

    Demonstration system now available.

Toptica: DLC pro Software Upgrade

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TOPTICA is providing a free upgrade for DLC pro systems through a software update. The upgrade features a power stabilization feature for all types of supported lasers (DL pro, TA pro, SHG pro, CTL). Moreover, it provides access to the FFT (fast Fourier transform) display to DLC pro systems without the Locking Option.

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Ocean Optics FLAME-CHEM Spectrometers: Compact Spectrophotometers for Educators and Lab Pros

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Ocean Optics FLAME-CHEM spectrometers are fully integrated UV-Vis and Vis-NIR systems for measuring absorbance and transmission of liquid samples in cuvettes. FLAME-CHEM is a great option for teaching labs and research facilities where users seek the performance and flexibility advantages of the Flame spectrometer in a compact, small footprint instrument.

Each FLAME-CHEM system comprises a preconfigured Flame spectrometer, a direct-attach light source and a cuvette holder for 1 cm pathlength cuvettes – all in a single package. UV-Vis (200-850 nm) and Vis-NIR (350-1000 nm) models are available. Add OceanView spectroscopy software (purchased separately) to complete your system. FLAME-CHEM systems are flexible: the light source-cuvette holder can be removed; spectrometer entrance slits can be switched out; and discrete sampling devices used in place of the direct-attach accessories. 

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Raptor launches a new Spectroscopy platform for OEMs

 

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Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras is launching the Toucan, a family of spectroscopy detectors aimed at the OEM / instrumentation market.

The Toucan is initially available as an e2v CCD-3011 cooled to -40°C. The 1024 x 255 pixels will make it an ideal camera for spectroscopy applications. With 26um pixels it is optimized for high dynamic range and resolution. It will run at 16 bits and have non-linearity better than 1%. It is available in a range of formats (back-illuminated in both USB and CamerLink format.

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Bayspec OCI™ UAV Airborne Hyperspectral Camera

OCI UAV Airborne Hyperspectral Camera

The Bayspec OCI™-UAV hyperspectral cameras are designed specifically for use on unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (UAV/UAS), or remotely operated vehicles (ROV). Packed with a high-performance, miniature single-board-computer, they acquire VIS-NIR hyperspectral data with continuous spectral and spatial coverage. Operating of the OCI-UAV is automatic and requires minimal human intervention. The OCI-UAV and powerful package features signification reduction in size and weight, and faster data transfer rate with automatic data capturing and processing. Extreme compactness with uncompromised performance, automatic operation and data processing make the OCI-UAV a straightforward system for effortless integration with many UAV/ROVs, for applications such as precision agriculture and remote sensing. BaySpec also provides ready-to-fly hyperspectral total solutions.

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Photon Counters from ID Quantique

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ID Quantique’s ID100 series offers compact and affordable single-photon counting modules with best-in-class timing resolution (for TCSPC application) and low dead time. Based on a reliable silicon avalanche photodiode sensitive in the visible spectral range, the module is able to detect weak optical signals down to the single photon level.

With a timing resolution of only 40ps and a dead time of 45ns, this module outperforms existing commercial detectors in all applications requiring single photon detection with high timing accuracy. The ID100 has excellent timing stability up to count rates of 20MHz.

The ID101 series targets OEM applications by offering the world’s smallest photon counter for the visible range. It consists of a standard TO5 – 8pin optoelectronic package, a CMOS chip combining a 50um diameter single photon APD and a fast quenching electronics, mounted on a thermoelectric cooler. Versions with optical fiber coupling – including singlemode, multimode 50um and multimode 100um – are available.

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ESO’s latest facility upgrade features four new TOPTICA guide star lasers on Cerro Paranal

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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. Due to Rayleigh scattering, the SodiumStar laser beams are visible up to a height of a few tens of kilometres. When they enter the sodium layer at about 100 km altitude, they generate an artificial star used for adaptive optics correction.  

On April 26th, the impressive Four-Laser Guide Star Facility (4LGSF) was fully operational for the first time at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the Paranal Observatory in Chile. During the preceding verification phase, a team of TOPTICA and ESO engineers successfully completed the required system tests. This is a major step towards the completion of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF) and evident proof of the capability of TOPTICA’s ground-breaking guide star solution.

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Correlative STED + AFM: Abberior Instruments integrate STED with JPK NanoWizard AFM

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Abberior Instruments and JPK Instruments have successfully integrated the Abberior Instruments STED microscope and the JPK NanoWizard® 4 AFM, to achieve correlative STED + AFM.

  • Correlative STED + AFM measurements
  • Several STED and confocal imaging modes (2D & 3D STED, single & multi color, time laps, 3D stacks, FLIM, RESCue)
  • Several AFM imaging modes (including AFM manipulation modes)
  • Simultaneous STED and AFM imaging possible
  • Very high accuracy (~15 nm) of the DirectOverlayTM (function of the JPK software) of the STED and AFM image
  • AFM manipulation with subdiffraction positioning accuracy.

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Laser Quantum torus: Noncontact three-dimensional mapping of intracellular hydromechanical properties by Brillouin microscopy

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Recent studies by G. Scarcelli et al. detail how the Laser Quantum torus 532 is being used to develop a label free microscopy technique based on Brillouin scattering, capable of imaging intracellular processes with vastly improved optical resolution. Intracellular processes such as the interaction between the liquid and solid phases in the cytoplasm have a critical role in determining how cells deform and move. The most effective way to monitor these processes is in their natural microenvironments, which requires all measurements to be done in situ, hence the need for a label free mapping technique. This approach will enable further understanding of how cells change during ageing, injury healing and disease pathogenesis.

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FLIM / PLIM technique simultaneously records pO2 and  NAD(P)H unbound/bound ratio

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The Becker & Hickl FLIM systems use a combined FLIM / PLIM technique to simultaneously record images of the oxygen concentration and of the NAD(P)H unbound/bound ratio in cells and tissues. The oxygen concentration is derived from the luminescence lifetime of a phosphorescent dye, the unbound/bound ratio from the amplitudes of the double-exponential fluorescence decay of NAD(P)H. The FLIM/PLIM technique is based on scanning with a high-frequency pulsed laser that is on/off modulated at a period in the microsecond range synchronously with the pixels of the scan. The signals are recorded by bh’s multi-dimensional TCSPC process.

FLIM is obtained by building up a photon distribution over the times of the photons in the laser pulse period and the scan coordinates, PLIM by building up the distribution over the times of the photons in the laser modulation period and the scan coordinates. The technique records FLIM and PLIM simultaneously, avoids a reduction of the laser pulse repetition rate by a pulse picker, and eliminates the need of using high pulse energy for phosphorescence excitation. Compared with techniques which use only one laser pulse to for every phosphorescence excitation cycle it reaches a far higher PLIM sensitivity, avoids pile-up problems for the FLIM recording, and is perfectly compatible with two-photon excitation.

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Femto release 2GHZ Photoreceiver Series HSPR-X-I with reduced noise

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The Femto photoreceiver series HSA-X-S has been broadened by two models featuring an improvement in noise performance of up to 40%. The output reflection coefficient was reduced by 8 dB at the same time.

The NEP of the new HSPR-X models was reduced from 32 pW/√Hz to 19 pW/√Hz (Si-model) and from 16 pW/√Hz to 11 pW/√Hz (InGaAs-model). The output VSWR was improved to an excellent 1.4 : 1. The gain has an inverting polarity with 5,000 V/A. 

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