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  • 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.

Abberior Instruments introduce FLIM upgrade for STED microscopes

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Abberior Instruments STED microscope now available with full Fluorescence Lifetime IMaging (FLIM) functionality!

The new Abberior Instruments comprehensive FLIM package upgrade offers the following key features:

  • STED FLIM imaging in combination with our pulsed STED lasers
  • Online display of STED FLIM images during the measurement
  • Online lifetime calculation and/or dye separation based on lifetime data
  • Simultaneous FLIM acquisition in up to 4 spectral channels (based on Becker & Hickl SPCM hardware)
  • Full software integration into Imspector including evaluation functionality (also live evaluation of data)

Continue below to see a selection of images generated using the Abberior STED FLIM technique.

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Versatility makes the difference: Field-upgradeable eight-colour laser engine from Toptica

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TOPTICA presents new iChrome SLE multi-laser engine for multi-color microscopy and other biophotonics applications.

When it comes to light sources for biophotonics, one has had to choose between stability and flexibility.  Even though home built breadboard solutions with standard laser modules enable flexibility, they are prone to misalignment and pose a challenge when integrated into a system as different lasers, AOTF’s and other components need to be controlled. In contrast, miniaturized fixed systems are stable, but lack many of the advanced features and the flexibility often needed for advanced biophotonics applications.

The new multi-laser engine iChrome SLE offers both stability and flexibility in one package. TOPTICA’s proprietary unmatched COOLAC self-alignment technology is integrated into this advanced platform - combining up to 8 laser wavelengths, fiber switching technology for SM/PM fibers, AOTF and direct diode modulation plus field serviceable laser cartridges. In addition, TOPTICA’s uniform interface makes integration into applications extremely user-friendly.

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PicoQuant introduces two new high-powered laser modules with variable repetition rates


The VisIR-765 “STED” and VisUV offer pulse-widths optimized for STED and fluorescence lifetime applications

PicoQuant has introduced the picosecond pulsed laser platforms VisIR-765 “STED” and VisUV at the Laser World of PHOTONICS 2015 in Munich (June 22-25, 2015). The VisIR-765 “STED” delivers an optical output power of up to 1.5 W at 766 nm with a laser pulse width of 500 ps. Short pulse width below 70 ps can be offered optionally. The VisUV laser can generate light at 266 nm, 355 nm, and 532 nm. Any wavelength can be chosen individually or in combination with one or two other lines. Average output powers between 2 mW and 500 mW can be offered, depending on the wavelength and on the amount of beam outputs chosen. Pulse widths of less than 70 ps are achieved.

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Horiba Scientific: Ultra-Fast Depth Profiling by PP-TOFMS

Watch the above video from HORIBA Scientific and discover a new material characterization technique already implemented in a very compact and commercially available instrument. Understand how you can get in few minutes the elemental depth distribution of any element for a wide range of materials. The speed of Plasma Profiling TOFMS results from a high density, low energy sputtering plasma and the ultra-fast full mass coverage TOFMS detection.


Minimal sample preparation coupled with no UHV sample transfer environment also contributes to the high speed of analysis and makes PP-TOFMS a user friendly tool easily implementable in a variety of scientific and engineering applications.

PP-TOFMS analysis will give you quick answers about your “just-deposited” or “just-processed layers” or any solid sample you wish to analyze. It will provide valuable information about depth distribution of major elements, profiles of dopants, identification of unexpected contaminants, and quality of interfaces within the nanometer scale. It is important to note that not only any element can be detected but the technique is also “nearly equally sensitive” to all elements, except for H, C, N, and O, since the ionization process is totally separated from the sputtering process. This permits a standard-free, instantaneous semi-quantification analysis of your sample with an atomic concentration range spanning orders of magnitudes in a single measurement.

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New EKSPLA NT235 series UV-VIS-IR tunable lasers features robust compact design

new nt235 series uv vis ir tunable lasers features robust compact design

EKSPLA have introduced the new NT235 series tunable lasers offering hands free tuning from 335 to 2600 nm. Integrated into compact and monolithic housing, the diode pumped only Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and OPO features compact size, maintenance-free laser operation and improved stability (compared with flash-lamp pumped counterparts) making it an excellent choice for OEM integrators as well as laboratory set-ups. With its high, up to 10 mJ energy pulses at 100 Hz repetition rate, the NT235 series tunable laser establishes itself as a versatile tool for many applications, including photo acoustic imaging, laser induced fluorescence, flash photolysis, photobiology, metrology.

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Measuring Beer Colour with Ocean Optics OceanView


OceanView is the flagship software program for use with Ocean Optics spectrometers. 

Beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world, with global consumption in the billions of gallons per year. This great thirst for beer is quenched by an endless array of varieties characterized by their color, alcohol content and bitterness. The most common measurements brewers use to specify beer color, which is determined by the malt used to brew the beer, are the Standard Reference Method (SRM) and European Brewery Convention (EBC).

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sCLARITY from LCI Chamlide: A method for making brain tissue transparent using acrylamide-based hydrogels


The sCLARITY series from Live Cell Instrument is a method for making brain tissue transparent using acrylamide-based hydrogels. CLARITY transforms intact biological tissues into a transparent hybrid form, providing new accessibility and functionality. CLARITY also provides highly detailed imaging of proteins and nucleic acids in intact organs when accompanied by molecular labeling techniques.

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Thorlabs Optically Clear Acrylic Breadboard

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  • 12" x 12" (304.8 mm x 304.8 mm) Optically Clear Acrylic Breadboard
  • On-Axis Alphanumeric Labels Indicate Mounting Hole Locations
  • 1/4"-20 Tapped Holes on 0.50" (12.7 mm) Centers
  • Central Window for Unobstructed Viewing of Parts
  • Ideal for Vision Systems and Metrology

Thorlabs' CMMP1212V Breadboard is crafted from polished, optically clear acrylic and is ideal for applications that require parts to be backlit and fixed in place at specific reference positions, such as vision metrology. Each breadboard contains a pattern of 1/4"-20 tapped through holes, spaced 0.5" (12.7 mm) apart, that is offset by 1.0" (25.4 mm) from the edges of the board.

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Laser Quantum venteon ultra: Benefits of ultrashort pulses in two-photon microscopy

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Two-photon microscopy has enabled the imaging of live tissue and cells to higher depth than conventional methods whilst minimising the risk of photo-bleaching and sample damage. Femtosecond lasers with ultrashort pulse and ultrabroad spectrum, such as Laser Quantum’s venteon ultra, can be easily coupled to a compression and characterisation module to exploit all the advantages they can offer.

Download White Paper: "Benefits of Ultrashort pulses in two-photon microscopy".

Download: venteon ultra datasheet.

Searching for the Author of "Vukovar Landscapes": Pigment Analysis in Paintings

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Figure 1: Eltz Manor — once a castle — is now the location of the Vukovar City Museum.

Written by Igor Lukacevic, Ph.D. and Ante Matanic – University of Osijek, Croatia

As two colors in a painting can look the same to the human eye, their reflective spectral signatures can reveal differences in the visual part of electromagnetic spectrum. These differences, or lack of them, can be used to give answers looked for by art historians and collectors interested in cultural heritage.

Using a portable miniature spectrometer (Ocean Optics USB-2000), diffuse reflectance spectra of the same colors in different paintings were measured and compared. If the same pigments were used on different paintings, it could be another clue that the paintings were made by the same author.

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