• 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.

  • 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


Nanonics Imaging: Breakthrough Study Sheds New Light on Graphene

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Credit: Fang et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society

Recent Study Demonstrates Innovative Enhanced Graphene Photodetector with Plasmonic Fractal Metasurface 

Graphene is a very promising material for photo detection due to its unique properties, e.g. ultrabroadband optical absorption, ultrafast electron speed, and wavelength independent absorption. However, single layer graphene - with only single atom depth - exhibits very low optical absorption, which limits its application in photodetection systems.

A recent study by Jieran Fang et al, published in NanoLetters, demonstrates a new path forward for significant photo detection enhancement in graphene.  In this paper, which was also highlighted in the February 2017 issue of the American Physical Society, researchers designed a gold fractal metasurface, similar in shape to a snowflake, and measured its electromagnetic character. As part of this study, a Nanonics MV2000 NSOM system was employed for plasmonic characterization of the snowflake metasurface with near field collection mode NSOM.

The obtained results demonstrated strong plasmonic generation near the branches and the edges of the fractal structure. It was demonstrated that the fractal metasurface integrated in graphene photodetector as source and drain provided enhancement factors of over 8-13. Additional advantages of this new enhanced graphene photodetector are broadband and polarization insensitive. This work indicates the great potential of enhanced graphene photodetectors in photodetection technology. 

piezosystems jena: NanoX technology enables high-speed piezo positioning

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Conventional piezo stages are usually designed in a way that the direction of motion of the piezo stacks is identical per axis. The forces generated by those stacks is then translated by solid state hinges. In dynamic operation however, this can cause the piezo stack to break if the generated pull forces exceed the internal preload. The motion of the actuator in the opposite direction of the stack motion is passive. A few years ago, piezosystem jena decided to tackle this challenge.

The result is the NanoX® design design, a completely new way of constructing a piezo stage. Here, piezo stacks are controlled opposed to each other. One stack is expanding while the other is contracting. Through this method an active backwards motion is achieved meaning even the backwards motion uses an actively expanding stack. This method of construction has several benefits for operational use. Not only is the stiffness increased, compared to stages with similar strokes, the stage can bear higher loads and generate higher forces.

Today, piezosystem jena offers many different models of the NanoX®. With the NanoSXY stages, there are even multi-axes systems available.

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Abberior Instruments: STEDYCON at MMC2017 Manchester

Abberior Instruments recently presented the incredibly compact STEDYCON microscope together with JPK Instruments at the MMC 2017 in Manchester. Please check out this short video to learn more about its special features.

Ocean Optics Ocean FX Fast Spectrometer captures up to 4,500 images per second


In this video, we simulate a process environment to demonstrate the rapid scan rate of the Ocean FX spectrometer. With onboard processing and Ethernet communications, Ocean FX is ideal for at-line and in-line color measurements, high-speed plastics recycling and more

The Ocean OpticsOcean FX is a versatile spectrometer with acquisition speed up to 4,500 scans per second, onboard processing for improved SNR and reduced data transfer time, and robust communications via USB, SPI, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Ocean FX is an excellent choice for high-speed process applications, measurement of fast events, and reaction monitoring. 

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Abberior Instruments Live-cell STED imaging

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A 50 Mpix composite of several STED images with a pixel size of 10 nm and a resolution of 30 nm of Alex-labelled TiO2 nanotubes in living LA4 cells.

Live-cell STED imaging from the lab of Prof. Strancar, Laboratory of Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Jozef Stefan Institute.

The image was successfully recorded only 4 weeks after the installation of the Abberior Instruments easy3D STED microscope in his lab in Ljubljana. Congratulations!

Additionally the image will be presented on an Art festival (scientific images on a Ljubljanica river in the city) of the Liquids 2017 conference held in Ljubljana.

Edmund Optics Semiconductor Supermirrors

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Optical supermirrors have been rapidly gaining traction given their extremely high reflectivity and ultralow optical losses from scatter and absorption. They are crucial to many research and development efforts, as well as emerging industrial applications in spectroscopy, metrology, precise manufacturing, and sensing. For example, the ultra-low optical losses of optical supermirrors allow cavity ring-down spectroscopy systems to study gaseous samples with higher sensitivity and throughput than ever before.

To address this trend, a new class of Semiconductor Supermirrors has been developed that feature a single-crystal optical interference coating and provides excess optical losses (scatter and absorption) as low as 3ppm in the NIR (1064 – 1550nm) and 159ppm in the mid-IR (3 - 4μm). These Semiconductor Supermirrors outperform any other IR mirrors currently on the market due to their high reflectivity of >99.9%, low optical loss, low mechanical loss, and high thermal conductivity. Crystalline Mirror Solutions won a Prism award in the category of Materials and Coatings for this mid-IR coating technology.

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Toptica Difference Frequency Comb (DFC) Inherently CEP-stable modular frequency combs

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TOPTICA’s frequency comb product line is a modular system that supports a broad variety of applications. Three basic versions of the DFC are available: DFC CORE, DFC CORE+ and DFC SEED. All models use TOPTICA proprietary CERO-technology to achieve an unprecedented low-noise performance.

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Toptica: Frequency Comb basics

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Frequency combs are very precise tools which are used for applications that require highest accuracy and resolution to measure the frequency of light. A frequency comb has an optical spectrum that consists of equidistant lines in the frequency domain. These lines serve as reference to measure unknown frequencies or to stabilize a laser to a certain frequency.

The discrete spectrum in the frequency domain corresponds to a regular train of ultrashort laser pulses in the time domain. This can be generated using a mode-locked laser oscillator whereas the repetition rate frep of the laser pulses corresponds to the distance between the discrete lines of the spectrum.

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CoolLED announce Fast, Controllable LED Illumination for Fura-2


Xenon be gone, peak through the slit and be LED into the light…the pE-340fura.

As they bask in the success of their new brighter world, the magicians in the CoolLED cave have been working furiously into the night driven by their favourite calcium enriched drinks. Achieved through partnership with The University of Strathclyde, CoolLED are excited to announce the latest leap forward in LED illumination for microscopy. Utilizing the highly successful pE-300 Series platform, the pE-340fura is a bespoke LED Illumination System for Fura-2 ratiometric calcium imaging, which also supports everyday fluorescence microscopy in a compact and affordable package.

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New from Thorlabs: Stabilized Silicon Nitride Globar Light Source: 550 nm - 15 µm


  • Globar Source for 550 nm - 15 µm
  • 4.5 W Output Power Collimated in a Ø35 mm Beam
  • Low Power Fluctuations of <0.05% within 1 Hour
  • Optical Drift: 0.01% per Hour / 0.2% per °C
  • 60 mm Cage System Compatible
  • Manual Shutter

Thorlabs' new Silicon Nitride Globar Lamp is designed to provide 4.5 W of free-space illumination over the 550 nm - 15 µm range. An internal feedback system is employed to achieve a highly stable power output (0.05% fluctuation). The high-power output is collimated into a Ø35 mm beam for free-space applications. An aluminum reflector collects light from the silicon nitride Globar element and reflects it towards the front of the housing in order to maximize the output power. The mirror alignment is factory set to maximize the output, but it can also be adjusted by the user using the three adjustment knobs on the back of the housing.

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