• 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.


  • 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.
  • Spectrocam Multispectral Imaging

    Features a high speed, continuously rotating filter wheel and scientific grade CCD array, in a portable, fully configurable, high speed MSI camera.

    Enquire about our demonstration system now available for trial. 

  • Horiba Scientific Xplora Smart Microscopy

    The XploRA is a new concept in Raman microscopy bringing Raman chemical identification directly to your microscope. 

    Ask now our about our upcoming demonstration system.

  • 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.

Gentec-EO: New Hand-held Laser Power Meter for Measurements up to 250 Watts


Gentec-EO has announced the launch of its brand new Pronto Handheld Laser Power Meter. This new meter is small but strong, with 250 W of instantaneous laser power measurements, thanks to an all-metal casing and the strongest absorber on the market. With its intuitive touch screen display and unbeatable price, the Pronto handheld detector is simply perfect for laser marking applications.

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Toptica: Powerful femtosecond pulses at 1030 nm!

toptica FemtoFiber pro SCYb

TOPTICA expands their portfolio of ultrafast fiber-based laser systems.

TOPTICA's new FemtoFiber pro SCYb provides laser pulses with a center wavelength of 1030 nm and a duration below 100 fs. The turnkey system delivers typically 700 mW average output power making it the ideal laser source for specific applications in nonlinear microscopy or terahertz generation.

The new, all-fiber high-power laser system is based on a very stable, SAM mode-locked Er-doped oscillator operating at 1560 nm. The oscillator output is frequency-shifted towards 1030 nm using a nonlinear fiber. Yb-doped fiber amplifiers level up the power to typically 700 mW at the laser output. The system also includes a small grating compressor unit to achieve transform-limited output pulses of typically 90-100 fs, with more than 70 % of the total power in the main peak. It operates at a repetition rate of 80 MHz and provides a TEM00-beam shape with M2<1.2 and a beam diameter of 2 mm.

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Toptica Technical Note: Combination of femtosecond/picosecond fiber lasers and streak camera for ultrastable time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy


Fig.1: Experimental setup for time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Beam paths of femtosecond exci-tation laser (red) and detection path (yellow) in orthogonal geometry.  

Time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy provides crucial insight into ultrafast processes in semiconductors, fluorescent biomolecules and organic compounds. In this application note we experimentally demonstrate this technique by using a combination of an ultrastable TOPTICA femtosecond fiber laser and a Hamamatsu streak camera to accurately derive the fluorescence decay constants of the dye IR 820 in different solvents. The system can be adapted easily to a broad spectral range by using frequency converted fiber lasers of the FemtoFiber pro series.

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piezosystem jena: Piezo Micrometer Screw Drive


Hybrid element that combines the advantages of long travel of micrometer screws, with the nm-accuracy of a piezo stage

These model MICI Piezo Micrometer Screw Drive elements from piezosystem jena were originally developed for quality control applications in the optics industry. They consist of a piezoelectric actuator in combination with a micrometer screw drive. The user can first adjust the coarse position of the actuator with a micrometer screw, and then fine tune it with the piezo stage itself. This improves the accuracy and reproducibility of the linear stage significantly.

Long travels up to tens of mm, depending on the used micrometer screw and sub-nm resolution can be reached while simultaneously moving high loads up to 20 kg with the MICI 80. This is due to its very robust construction.

So these piezo stages are perfectly suited for high precision adjustment of linear positioners. Based on its sophisticated solid state flexure hinge technology the MICI seriesoffers motion without mechanical play. Also these stages can be driven at high frequencies.

The MICI fits in applications like improvement of resolution of linear stages, quality control, automation, fine adjustment of optical components and micro-assembly. You have a choice of 4 models compatible with the micrometer drives of Mitutoyo, Newport or Qioptic.

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Edmund Optics Beam Twisters Provide 90° Rotation of Laser Bar Beams


Edmund Optics Beam Twisters

  • Provide 90° Rotation of Laser Bar Beams
  • Assembly of Fast Axis Collimator Lens and Beam Rotation Lens Array
  • Greater than 97% Transmission

Edmund Optics Beam Twisters™ are used to rotate the beams emitted by the individual diodes within a laser bar by 90°. When light is initially emitted from a laser bar, the light appears to be in the shape of a line. After passing through a Beam Twister, the 90° rotation transforms the laser bar’s light emission into a square-like appearance. A square is advantageous to a line because it allows the beam to be focused into a spot for use with fiber optics or other beam delivery systems. The Beam Twister assembly consists of a fast axis collimator and a rotation array that have been preassembled for use. Note: Beam Twisters should be paired with a Slow Axis Collimator (sold separately) for complete collimation of the laser beam.

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Raptor Photonics captured #eclipse2015 over Northern Ireland despite the clouds!

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Report filed by Raptor Photonics, March 20 2015. Larne Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland proved its unpredictable weather yet again with lots of cloud cover on the morning of the Solar Eclipse.

However using SWIR technology Raptor Photonics was able to acquire some excellent images of the moon passing over the sun through the cloud cover. Using the OWL 640 visible-SWIR camera coupled to a Fujinon SWIR optimised zoom lens with a 1500nm cut on filter the above image and movie were generated.

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The best performing VIS-SWIR / SWIR camera in the World! 

The OWL SW1.7 CL-640 is a rugged, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD the OWL enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit. Keep reading for further details, and more videos.

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Ocean Optics: QE Pro Internal Shutter Adds Convenience

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The high-sensitivity Ocean Optics QE Prospectrometer is now available with an internal shutter for more effectively managing dark measurements in experiment setups. The shutter is useful for applications where light intensities change, requiring users to dynamically adjust integration times and renormalize the spectrometer.

The QE Pro internal shutter removes the need for an external shutter, which improves signal throughput in the setup and allows for shorter integration times for an equivalent level of signal (see Case Study below).

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Lasermet Laser Castle - rapid-build, modular laser safety cabins

passive laser safety enclosure

Lasermet's laser safety cabins protect personnel from the dangers of high powered laser beams by absorbing the laser power in the specially designed walls and roof.

These modular, Class 1, room-sized enclosures are tested and certified to international laser safety standards (IEC 60825-4 Safety of Laser Products Part 4 - Laser Guards) and can be rapidly designed, built and installed by Lasermet.

They are supplied with Lasermet's interlock control system and high quality, dual message, dual colour, low voltage, illuminated LED signs. Lasermet's audible warning sign (the Audio Alert) can also be installed. A CCTV system covers the operation inside the cabin and provision is made for fume extraction, making this a cost effective and extremely easy method of enclosing the laser system, which then complies to international laser safety standards.

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Discover why the Horiba XploRA Examina is a prefered choice for Forensic Science

Xp Examina

Discover why the Horiba Scientific XploRA Examina is a prefered choice for Forensic Science for its high quality data and speed over other analytical techniques. XP Examina is a dedicated forensic and analytical toolbox enabling easier comparative analysis, unknown chemical identification and improved value for money. Learn more here.

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