• 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.
  • 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 to present latest developments in high-end laser technology at BiOS/Photonics West


TOPTICA’s new frequency comb DFC is the ultimate choice for ultra-precise measurements and frequency referencing.  

New products to be shown at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from February 13th – 18th 2016 include ultra-stable diode lasers and powerful femtosecond fiber lasers, as well as frequency combs and terahertz systems. These systems enable a variety of demanding applications in biophotonics and microscopy, materials and test & measurement, in addition to quantum optics and spectroscopy.

Low-noise frequency combs with record stability

TOPTICA’s frequency comb DFC-CORE is the ultimate reference for optical frequencies and it convinces with completely new technology compared to previous systems. The DFC is now available in a compact one-box format including electronics. The fiber-based system uses difference frequency generation (DFG) to create an offset-free output at 1550 nm, and no active stabilization of the offset frequency is necessary. Due to this rock-solid passive operation, the DFC-CORE achieves an unprecedented low phase noise of less than 32 mrad in a spectral interferometry measurement. Consequently, when locked to an RF reference, its high stability results in an unrivaled deviation of less than 1x10-13 in one second. The DFC-CORE allows for complete frequency-stabilized laser systems, including the frequency comb, wavelength extensions and diode lasers referenced to the comb.

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EKSPLA UltraFlex: A New Tunable Wavelength Femtosecond Laser System

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The EKSPLA UltraFlux is the first compact high energy femtosecond laser system which incorporates the advantages of ultrafast fiber laser, solid-state and parametric amplification technologies in less than 1 square meter footprint box. Patent pending (application No. EP2924500) OPCPA front end technology uses the same picosecond fiber laser for seeding both picosecond DPSS pump laser and femtosecond parametric amplifier by spectrally broadened output. This approach greatly simplifies the system – excludes femtosecond regenerative amplifier and eliminates the need of pump and seed pulse synchronization. In addition to that, contrast of the output pulses in picosecond to nanosecond time scale is potentially increased.

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New PRONTO-Si from Gentec-EO: Compact Laser Power Meter for Low Power Measurements

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Gentec-EO is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the Pronto family of Compact Laser Power Meters. As its name indicates, the Pronto-Si presents a Large 1 cm2 Silicon Sensor, the largest in its category, perfect for measuring very low powers. When combined with the Integrated Slide-In OD1 Attenuator, the total power range of the Pronto-Si extends from 0.3 nW to 800 mW. The measurements are done in Continuous Mode, so you can install the Pronto in the laser beam path and leave it there indefinitely. The internal memory also allows you toAcquire Data and Transfer it to a PC for further analysis. The sensor part has a Very Slim Profile of only 6 mm, allowing it to be used in very tight spaces.

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Test drive the Laser Quantum HASSP-THz at Photonics West

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Between 16-18 February Laser Quantum are exhibiting at Photonics West and inviting customers to test drive the HASSP-THz live at their booth, Hall B, Booth #1440. The HASSP-THz is a time domain THz spectrometer with 1GHz spectral resolution and a spectral coverage in excess of 6THz. This is your chance to find out whether THz spectroscopy is relevant to your research. If you are interested, please contact us to book your slot.

Not only are they inviting you to test your sample, but they will also be launching their brand new frequency comb at Photonics West. The taccor comb is an extension to the successful range of Laser Quantum 1GHz lasers, enabling a complete, turn-key frequency comb. In partnership with Menlo Systems, the taccor comb is fully stabilised using XPS800-E feedback loop electronics, providing an RF output signal at CEO frequency with at least 40dB signal-to-noise ratio in 300kHz bandwidth.

Abberior Instruments Protected STED technique enhances resolution and contrast in live-cell STED microscopy


3D-protected STED imaging of neuron in living brain tissue. 3D-rendering of a 3D-image stack of a living neuron expressing the AC-rsEGFP2 actin label in a hippocampal brain slice. Protected STED was applied with resolution enhancement in the xy and z directions. The image shows a stretch of dendrite with dendritic spines. The stack corresponds to 56 z slices spaced by 80 nm. Scale bar: 1 µm.

Abberior Instruments Protected STED technique has been highlighted in a new January 2016 paper in Nature Photonics. Full paper available for download here.

Coordinate-targeted Fluorescence nanoscopy with multiple off states

Johann G. Danzl*†, Sven C. Sidenstein†, Carola Gregor, Nicolai T. Urban, Peter Ilgen, Stefan Jakobs and Stefan W. Hell*

Nature Photonics: Published Online 18 January 2016 DOI: 10.1038/NPHOTON 2015.266

Abstract: By exploiting a second off state of a reversibly switchable fluorophore, a general approach that can reduce photobleaching and enhance resolution of coordinate-targeted fluorescence nanoscopy has been demonstrated.

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Ames Photonics New LARRY USB2000 and LARRY USB4000 series: Scientific-grade CCD Linear Array Detectors

Larry USB Series

The LARRY USB series is a family of linear CCD array detectors that offers cost-effective, scientific-grade performance for a wide range of spectroscopic applications.  They can be mounted to most spectrographs that have the output plane ≥10 mm outside of the spectrograph.  Both standard and custom mounts are available, making them ideal for upgrading existing systems or incorporation into flexible new spectroscopic instruments.

The LARRY USB series is a custom build based on proven Ocean Optics electronics and is compatible with Ocean Optics software, enabling a broad scope of features.  The detectors connect to and are controlled by a PC via USB 2.0, allowing for easy-to-use, plug-and-play operation.  Multiple detectors can be controlled in the same software, enabling simultaneous acquisition.  GPIO communication can also be used to integrate with other instruments and devices.

The linear CCDs used in the LARRY USB series contain on-chip electronic gating, which allow for integration times down to 1 ms without the need for external shutters.

Download new datasheet here.

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Thorlabs Water-Cooled Breadboards now in larger sizes

thorlabs watercooled breadboard

These breadboards are versions of Thorlabs popular anodized aluminum breadboards that have been plumbed to accept a water supply. They feature a standard 1" (imperial) or 25 mm (metric) hole pattern and are ideal for applications involving sensors, detectors, lasers, LEDs, or other apparatuses that may require temperature stabilization. The boards can be used for cooling or heating, depending on requirements. Now available in larger sizes up to 450 x 600 mm.

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Ocean Optics Compact Spark Spectral Sensor Measures Vis-NIR Absorbance of Hemoglobin and More

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Small-footprint Absorbance System for Characterizing Heme Proteins

Heme proteins play many vital roles in mammal physiology, including the storage and transport of oxygen and the transport of electrons in the mitochondria, where the high-energy molecule ATP (adenosine trisphosphate) is synthesized. The presence of the heme prosthetic group in these proteins gives rise to UV-Vis absorbance spectra that vary with the state of the heme group. In this application note, we focus on the visible response of the heme group using the compact Ocean OpticsSpark spectral sensor to measure absorbance spectra for the heme proteins hemoglobin, myoglobin and cytochrome c.

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Ondax: SureBlock™ XLF Notch Filter Systems


Ondax’s patented SureBlock™ XLF Notch Filter Systems enable fast, clear capture of Raman spectra in the Low-Frequency (Low Wavenumber/THz regime (~5 cm-1 to 200 cm-1, or 150 GHz to 6 THz), using only a standard single-stage spectrometer. THz-Raman is powerful new technique for molecular and intermolecular structural analysis that is both simple and compact when compared to multi-stage or THz spectrometers, and represents a dramatic shift in the economics, efficiency, and ease of use of Raman spectroscopy.

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