• 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.

Lastek End-of-Year Opening Hours

Lastek's office will be closed over the Christmas New Year period from Wednesday December 24th 2014.

We reopen on Monday January 5th, 2015.

Season's greetings to all from your friends at Lastek. 

ToptiCalc™ – Calculator for Laser Optics

Toptica SmartCalc

Download TOPTICA's Optics Calculator for smartphones! With this App you will have the most important calculations and conversions from different areas of laser optics always at hand.

ToptiCalc is TOPTICA's scientific calculator specially designed for use in optics laboratories. It offers frequently used calculations from different areas of laser optics. For many years the PC-version has been a popular tool for those of you working in research facilities and optics labs. Now ToptiCalc is finally available also for smartphones (both Android and iPhone). And the best thing: It's absolutely free!

  • Free download (for PCAndroidiPhone)
  • Spectral unit conversion
  • Fabry-Perot calculations
  • Pulse train calculations
  • Short pulse properties and chirp, etc.


Abberior Instruments easy3D STED: Explore the 3rd dimension

Abberior easy3D STED

  • Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) technology
  • Resolution tunable between xy and z
  • Single STED beam
  • Enables the use of different objective lenses
  • Resolution typically 80 × 80 × 90 nm
  • Engineered for maximum stability

Abberior Instruments is proud to announce its new easy3D STED module which uses a completely novel approach to 3D STED microscopy. At its core, a programmable spatial light modulator (SLM) is used to create the phase patterns required for 2D and 3D STED microscopy. At the same time, it can also be used to correct for optical aberrations.

The SLM allows a revolutionary design with only one STED beam instead of two separate STED beams for lateral (xy) and axial (z) resolution enhancement, respectively. The resolution enhancement can be tuned between pure xy and mainly z enhancement. The single-beam design obsoletes any beam recombination and alignment resulting in unrivaled system stability.


Laser Quantum purchases Venteon Laser Technologies

Laser Quantum strengthen its position in the femtosecond laser market with the purchase of Venteon Laser Technologies GmbH.

Laser Quantum is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of Venteon Laser Technologies GmbH, Garbsen, Germany; a market leader in ultra-short-pulse femtosecond lasers, oscillators, amplifiers and characterisation equipment.

Venteon GmbH has integrated Laser Quantum’s pump lasers into its Ti:sapphire laser systems for a number of years and, more recently, the two companies have collaborated on product development to the benefit of their customers. Pictured above is the Venteon Pulse CP, a complete carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stabilized laser system, based on the Venteon Pulse Ultrabroad.

Laser Quantum believes the addition of Venteon’s unique short pulse technology, to its already wide range of continuous wave and ultrafast GHz laser technology, provides the photonics market with increased technological capability to advance knowledge in many areas of scientific research.

Introducing: Abberior Instruments

Lastek is delighted to announce that it has been appointed Asia-Pacific distributor for Abberior Instruments

Co-founded by 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, Professor Stefan W. Hell, Abberior aims to become the leading supplier of cutting-edge super-resolution technology with the best possible resolution performance. In combination with their sister company Abberior, they offer an unrivaled combination of superresolution dyes and nanoscopy hardware.

Why work with Abberior Instruments and Lastek?

  • Connect with the inventors of STED and RESOLFT
  • Get the best possible resolution performance
  • Development cycles less than one year: stay cutting-edge with your upgradable system from Abberior Instruments
  • Why buy an outdated confocal/widefield microscope when you can get the latest superresolution technology for the same price?


HORIBA Scientific Expands FluoroMax Series with New FluoroMax Plus

HORIBA Scientific FluoroMax Plus

New instrument expands on the performance and unmatched sensitivity of the FluoroMax-4

HORIBA Scientific, global leader in Fluorescence spectroscopy systems, recently launched the new FluoroMax Plus, a convenient, affordable, and easy-to-use benchtop spectrofluorometer.   

The new FluoroMax Plus expands on the already class-leading capabilities of our FluoroMax series with the option of a second detector and two position grating turret, providing an extended range out to 1650 nm, and TCSPC performance down to 25 ps.  The higher sensitivity offered by FluoroMax Plus enables faster measurement of weaker and smaller samples.

“The FluoroMax Plus was designed for maximum versatility while retaining the convenience of a benchtop unit,” said Ishai Nir, Director of Fluorescence at HORIBA Scientific. “With the expanded choice of detectors and gratings, many new experiments are now possible using the FluoroMax series.”

Download pdf brochure here.


Accurion Brewster Angle Microscope

Accurion brewster angle microscope

The Accurion nanofilm_ep4bam is a special configuration of the ep4 imaging ellipsometry platform. It is an ideal thin films imaging system and can be upgraded to an imaging ellipsometer. It is a completely "hands-off" computer-controlled system, using proprietary motor control circuitry. The nanofilm_ep4bam displays real-time images of your sample directly on the monitor and features important image processing functions. An "objective scanner" provides extended depth-of-field for overall-focused images.

The combination of a high power green laser and excellent objectives allows lateral resolutions of 1 micron, the current limit of CCD optical detectors.

The powerful software makes operation easy and convenient. As a complete solution, the system comes including the computer, electronics, and all necessary software needed to begin measurements on your existing trough, or with one of our integrated troughs. The trough comes as a separate item and is not included as standard.


New: InGaAs Quadrant Photodiodes from GPD OptoElectronics

GPD InGaAs Quadrant Photodiodes

GPD Optoelectronics have recently released a new series of InGaAs Quadrant Photodiodes.

• 800nm to 1700nm Spectral Response
• Active Diameter (0.5mm, 1.0mm, 1.5mm, 2.0mm and 3.0mm)
• High Sensitivity
• Low Crosstalk
• High Shunt Resistance
• Low Dark Current
• Low Capacitance for High Segment Bandwidth
• Standard Package (TO-18 and TO-5)


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