• 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.

ESO’s latest facility upgrade features four new TOPTICA guide star lasers on Cerro Paranal

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Four units of TOPTICA’s laser guide star system “SodiumStar 20/2” project powerful orange beams into the air in Chile’s Atacama desert. Due to Rayleigh scattering, the SodiumStar laser beams are visible up to a height of a few tens of kilometres. When they enter the sodium layer at about 100 km altitude, they generate an artificial star used for adaptive optics correction.  

On April 26th, the impressive Four-Laser Guide Star Facility (4LGSF) was fully operational for the first time at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the Paranal Observatory in Chile. During the preceding verification phase, a team of TOPTICA and ESO engineers successfully completed the required system tests. This is a major step towards the completion of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF) and evident proof of the capability of TOPTICA’s ground-breaking guide star solution.

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Correlative STED + AFM: Abberior Instruments integrate STED with JPK NanoWizard AFM


Abberior Instruments and JPK Instruments have successfully integrated the Abberior Instruments STED microscope and the JPK NanoWizard® 4 AFM, to achieve correlative STED + AFM.

  • Correlative STED + AFM measurements
  • Several STED and confocal imaging modes (2D & 3D STED, single & multi color, time laps, 3D stacks, FLIM, RESCue)
  • Several AFM imaging modes (including AFM manipulation modes)
  • Simultaneous STED and AFM imaging possible
  • Very high accuracy (~15 nm) of the DirectOverlayTM (function of the JPK software) of the STED and AFM image
  • AFM manipulation with subdiffraction positioning accuracy.

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Laser Quantum torus: Noncontact three-dimensional mapping of intracellular hydromechanical properties by Brillouin microscopy


Recent studies by G. Scarcelli et al. detail how the Laser Quantum torus 532 is being used to develop a label free microscopy technique based on Brillouin scattering, capable of imaging intracellular processes with vastly improved optical resolution. Intracellular processes such as the interaction between the liquid and solid phases in the cytoplasm have a critical role in determining how cells deform and move. The most effective way to monitor these processes is in their natural microenvironments, which requires all measurements to be done in situ, hence the need for a label free mapping technique. This approach will enable further understanding of how cells change during ageing, injury healing and disease pathogenesis.

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FLIM / PLIM technique simultaneously records pO2 and  NAD(P)H unbound/bound ratio

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The Becker & Hickl FLIM systems use a combined FLIM / PLIM technique to simultaneously record images of the oxygen concentration and of the NAD(P)H unbound/bound ratio in cells and tissues. The oxygen concentration is derived from the luminescence lifetime of a phosphorescent dye, the unbound/bound ratio from the amplitudes of the double-exponential fluorescence decay of NAD(P)H. The FLIM/PLIM technique is based on scanning with a high-frequency pulsed laser that is on/off modulated at a period in the microsecond range synchronously with the pixels of the scan. The signals are recorded by bh’s multi-dimensional TCSPC process.

FLIM is obtained by building up a photon distribution over the times of the photons in the laser pulse period and the scan coordinates, PLIM by building up the distribution over the times of the photons in the laser modulation period and the scan coordinates. The technique records FLIM and PLIM simultaneously, avoids a reduction of the laser pulse repetition rate by a pulse picker, and eliminates the need of using high pulse energy for phosphorescence excitation. Compared with techniques which use only one laser pulse to for every phosphorescence excitation cycle it reaches a far higher PLIM sensitivity, avoids pile-up problems for the FLIM recording, and is perfectly compatible with two-photon excitation.

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Femto release 2GHZ Photoreceiver Series HSPR-X-I with reduced noise

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The Femto photoreceiver series HSA-X-S has been broadened by two models featuring an improvement in noise performance of up to 40%. The output reflection coefficient was reduced by 8 dB at the same time.

The NEP of the new HSPR-X models was reduced from 32 pW/√Hz to 19 pW/√Hz (Si-model) and from 16 pW/√Hz to 11 pW/√Hz (InGaAs-model). The output VSWR was improved to an excellent 1.4 : 1. The gain has an inverting polarity with 5,000 V/A. 

Zolix GaiaField -Portable Hyperspectral Imaging System


The Zolix GaiaField hyperspectral system is an ultraportable hyperspectral imaging system and developed by Zolix. It is composed of three parts: multi-dimensional motion controller, spectral camera and imaging spectrometer.

It can be widely used in target recognition, camouflage , counter camouflage military application field and ground objects, water body telemetry, modern fine agriculture ecological environment condition monitoring and criminal investigation, the protection of cultural relics, biomedicine and industry sorting, etc.

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Solarton Analytical EnergyLab Electrochemical Impedance Analyzer

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Solartron Analytical's new EnergyLab XM is an application specific XM (Xtreme Measurement) Electrochemical Impedance Analyzer that is primarily focused on battery / fuel cell / supercapacitor research.

EnergyLab XM includes a reference grade potentiostat, frequency response analyzer (FRA) and 2A booster. The unit may be operated in boosted or unboosted mode (with automatic switching), providing optimum test conditions and accuracy for a wide range of energy devices.

EnergyLab XM’s extreme sensitivity allows complete characterization of prototype low current or low impedance new generation cells.

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piezosystem jena: Spotlight on the ScanXY 40

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The ScanXY 40 by piezosystem jena is a 2D positioner known for its extremely low reaction times.  Thanks to a construction design based on the nanoX concept – two stacks per axis moving in opposite directions – the ScanXY 40 has not only a high stiffness but is also very dynamic. Typical tasks for this piezosystem are, for example, the positioning of light-weight optical components such as laser diodes or mirror prisms and process automating of handlingsystems, to name just a few.  

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BSI introduce a new pulse shaper: femtoJock-D


Biophotonic Solutions Inc. (BSI), the world leader in automated laser pulse compression, announces a new pulse shaping system, femtoJockD, to be added to the company’s line of optical pulse shapers for ultrafast lasers. The femtoJock-D bridges the performance gap between the entry-level femtoJock line, which has relied on linear 128-pixel spatial light modulators (SLMs), and the popular MIIPS-HD system that uses 792x600 LCOS SLMs from Hamamatsu.

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