• 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. Read more...

  • High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources
    High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources

    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

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Ex-Stock Special: Classic Melles Griot helium-neon lasers at 50% discount

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Lastek have a small stock of classic Melles Griot 1mW helium-neon laser systems, now available for immediate delivery at substantial savings. Read on after the break for details of this special offer.

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Ocean Optics: Ever Wonder What Goes on Inside a Spectrometer?

It’s a good question, and the complete answer can escape even the most seasoned researcher. The photons used in spectroscopy encounter many components and undergo a variety of processes before registering as a spectrum. What exactly happens to these photons once they enter the optical bench? Let’s look at their journey inside a spectrometer.

Learn more about the spectrometer featured in this animation, the Ocean Optics QE Pro High Performance Spectrometer.

Lyncée Tec: Two New Publications in Nature Communications & Advanced Materials!

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Congratulations to Lyncée Tec Digital Holographic Microscopy users from Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) and from Kent State University (USA) for two recent papers published respectively in Nature Communications and Advanced Materials!

Liquid crystal elastomer coatings with programmed response of surface profile“, Greta Babakhanova, Taras Turiv, Yubing Guo, Matthew Hendrikx, Qi-Huo Wei, Albert P.H.J. Schenning, Dirk J. Broer & Oleg D. Lavrentovich, Nature Communications 9, Article number: 456(2018), DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-02895-9

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Raptor Photonics wins “Made in Northern Ireland” Award

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Olivier Bernard (Director) and Mark Donaghy (VP Sales & Marketing) at the Made in Northern Ireland Awards ceremony.

Raptor Photonics has recently won a very prestigious accolade at the recent Made in Northern Ireland Awards, held on Friday 11 May in the historic Titanic Hotel. Raptor picked up top prize in the Manufacturing Innovation category for the company’s work in deep-cooled HD InGaAs cameras. The company will now go on to represent Northen Ireland at the UK finals in Liverpool in June 2018.

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Altechna open Chill Zone at Vilnius University, Faculty of Physics

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Altechna are more than happy to announce that the doors of chill zone are finally opened to all the members of the Physics Faculty. As a present to Vilnius University, Faculty of Physics, Altechna established there a Student Chill Zone for both - studies and leisure. We hope these upgrades will make students‘ spare time during or after the classes in this particular area - pleasant and effective! Let it be the place where extraordinary ideas happen. Keep calm - and study physics!

Ocean Optics: Save 10% on Any Preconfigured Flame Spectrometer

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Order any Ocean Optics Flame preconfigured spectrometer between May 7, 2018 and June 1, 2018 to earn a 10% discount on the retail price!

Flame spectrometers are simple to use and provide excellent thermal stability, low unit-to-unit variability and the freedom of interchangeable slits.

Preconfigured options are ready to ship and available for a range of UV-Vis and shortwave NIR applications. Please read below for full details of available systems and options.

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Laser Quantum: vChirp – online web optics software launched

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Laser Quantum has just launched an in-browser version of vChirp, an easy-to-use online software to emulate dispersion and pulse compression calculations for ultrafast experiment design. vChirp has been designed in cooperation with the Institute of Quantum Optics at Leibniz Universität, Hannover to simplify the calculation process for dispersion characteristics of a femtosecond laser pulse propagating through various media and elements, as well as providing information on obtaining a re-compressed pulse. The software can also be used to generate Gaussian spectra and to plot overall dispersion curves (sum) along with theoretically achievable pulse duration. The vChirp software can be used with various optical elements including glass wedges for dispersion fine tuning, compensating mirror pairs, grating compressors and template pulses (like Gaussian or rectangular). vChirp will allow you to tweak your ultrafast set-up accordingly for optimal pulse recompression.

You can try the online version of vChirpvChirp here, or learn more about the complete software version on the Laser Quantum vChirp desktop software desktop software page. The full software includes file input for loading user spectra, more optical elements and glass materials, SPIDER data and configuration saving.

Precisely trigger up to 8 channels with the new Ekspla synchronization module and pulse delay generator

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Ekspla have introduced a new pulse synchronization module with delay generator. The SY4000 series module is designed to create up to 8 delayed output pulse sequences precisely synchronized to an internal or external clock. A photodetector or electrical signal can be used as the input source to be synchronized. The SY4000 delivers precise delay control from 2 ns to 150 ms, maintaining 25 ps timing resolution.

SY4000 pulse delay generator gives the possibility to create different sequences, such as a delayed trigger or timed series. These features are employed in applications like creating sets of pulses to control Pockel’s cell drivers with one, two, or 4 triggering inputs.

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SensL release new ArrayRA 1×16 SiPM Array for Automotive LiDAR and 3D Ranging Applications

SensL is using its SiPM sensors to showcase LiDAR use cases. In this video we show a SensL 1x16 C-Series in an 80 x 5 degree coaxial scanning LiDAR demonstrator. Various use cases are shown with low and high reflectivity to 100m

SensL are market leaders in Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) sensors which have been identified as a solution for some of the challenges of automotive LiDAR applications. Through extensive work to understand the requirements of automotive LiDAR, SensL have developed a software model that allows various system configurations and sensor types to be simulated. This work culminated in a design for a ‘Gen3’ LiDAR demonstration system, which relied upon a monolithic 1×16 SiPM array: The ArrayRA-0116A20. This product takes advantage of the recently developed RA-Series process that features enhanced sensitivity to the NIR wavelengths used in automotive LiDAR applications. This results in a sensor that has single photon sensitivity and high responsivity at 905 nm, achieved at a low bias of ~50 V. Full details available here.

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