• 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

    The High Finesse LSA Laser Spectrum Analyser 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


Ocean Optics Applications Note: Measuring Respiration of Deep Sea Snails

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The Gastropods that Breathe Black Smoke

Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are home to some of the most interesting species in the world, ones that are uniquely adapted to the dark, hot, mineral-rich waters. These self-contained ecosystems have given rise to many gastropods and bivalves of interest to evolutionary biologists like Dr. Julia Sigwart, who has made it her mission to understand how species respond and adapt to environmental perturbations in order that we may better understand and protect them. Dr. Sigwart uses Ocean Optics oxygen probes to measure the metabolic rates of mollusks as a cue to understanding their basic physiology.

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Access Lasers Merit-S Family CO2 Lasers: Designed for Reference Standard Accuracy


In today’s high tech industry, the lines between pure research and product development overlap, requiring tools with both laboratory accuracy and industrial 24/7 production robustness. The Access Lasers Merit-S, designed for reference standard accuracy with configuration options for true CW and Peak Power performance is a new generational tool to fit that paradigm. Starting with an industry leading +/- 2% power stability, the Merit-S can be configured with Line Tracker, providing a 1% stable laser, locked into a single wavelength. In applications that also need a single specific wavelength, the Merit-G configuration provides a tunable CO2 source. With grating tuning from 9.3 to 10.8 ?micron in a fan cooled package the Merit-G is a leading edge laboratory instrument.

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Upcoming Workshops in Melbourne and Brisbane: Light Sheet Microscopy and Tissue Clearing


Tissue Clearing and Light Sheet Microscopy Seminars and Workshop 

8-9 December 2016: Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), University of Queensland Brisbane, QLD

13-14th Dec 2016: Monash Micro Imaging (MMI), 15 Innovation Walk, Monash University, Clayton  VIC

Monash Micro Imaging (MMI), the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), the Queensland Brain Institute, Lastek and Stem Cells Australia invite you to a series of seminars focused on advanced techniques for tissue clearing, whole-mount immunohistochemistry, light sheet imaging of large tissue volumes and analysis of complex 3D datasets. Seminars will be presented by Dr. Alain Chédotal (Research Director at INSERM and group leader at Institut de la Vision, Paris) and Dr. Nicolas Renier (Leon Levy Fellow in Neuroscience at Rockefeller, USA). A workshop following the talks (limited to 24 places) will provide hands-on experience in preparing tissue samples for clearing, use of light-sheet and confocal microscopes for image acquisition and image processing of large 3D datasets.

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New: Abberior Instruments easyCommander

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Top-notch STED measurements at the highest possible resolution only require a few clicks. easyCommander is Imspector's brand new graphical user interface for Abberior Instruments Expert Line microscopes. It largely simplifies your experimental workflow and allows you to acquire STED images with a few clicks.

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Edmund Optics: Polarization Directed Flat Lenses


  • Unique Flat Lens Design
  • Polarization Dependent Focal Length
  • Excellent Transmission from 450 – 650nm

Edmund Optics' Polarization Directed Flat Lenses are flat lenses formed with polymerized liquid crystal thin-films that create a focal length that is dependent on polarization state. These unique lenses will have either a positive or negative focal length depending on the phase of the input polarization. With right handed circularly polarized light, the lenses will produce one focal length, while left handed circularly polarized light will present a focal length with the opposite sign. Unpolarized light will produce a positive and negative focal length at the same time. Both output waves are circularly polarized and orthogonal to each other. These Polarization Directed Flat Lenses are approximately 0.45mm thick, effectively simulating an ideal thin lens and are free from spherical aberration.

Ekspla introduces brand updates and new logo


Vilnius – November 16, 2016 - Celebrating 24 years of innovations, Ekspla, the manufacturer of lasers, laser systems and electronics has announced an updated brand identity including a new facelifted logo.

Starting a new era in the company’s development, the refreshed brand sets an important milestone in Ekspla history. Maintaining close connections with scientific and engineering community, Ekspla has established itself as a scientifically curious team of creative engineers keen to take on new challenges.

“Ekspla evolved from a small company established by several passionate engineers, to a worldwide reliable solutions provider while continuing to express the fundamental values of our Ekspla culture: to be capable, invent, contribute, to be credible, and be brave. These values reinforce and remain at the heart of our newly re-introduced brand” noted Kestutis Jasiunas, CEO of Ekspla.

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LifeCanvas Technologies SmartClear II: The All New Active Clearing System

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  • Fully automated all-in-one turnkey system
  • Easy, fast, and reliable
  • Maximum preservation of fluorescent protein (FP) signals
  • No tissue damage or contamination
  • Cost-effective and eco-friendly
  • Based on patent-pending stochastic electrotransport technology developed at MIT (Kim et al., PNAS, 2015).

LifeCanvas Technologies SmartClear II is ideal for clearing CLARITY (Nature, 2013), SWITCH (Cell, 2015), MAP (Nature Biotechnology, 2016) samples.

Clear fast with no tissue damage: Fast, Easy, and Reliable

  • Fast & Easy: Orders of magnitude faster than passive clearing. Our ready-to-use technologies bring plug-and-play options and minimum maintenance to clearing.
  • Reliable: Safe tissue clearing with stochastic electrotransport technology. No tissue contamination, tissue browning, black gunk formation or tissue deformation.
  • Perfect Clearing with Maximal Preservation of FP Signal
  • Optical Clarity: Minimum light scatter. Removes lipid best for best antibody diffusion. Optimal imaging and staining quality by completely removing lipids. Perfectly compatible with SmartLabel, our rapid staining system for intact samples.

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The Laser Quantum gem laser vs. gravity

The second in the series of  Laser Quantum robust laser videos is available now! This time, the gem faces the force of gravity when it is dropped 20 metres high from a drone, but how will the gem perform afterwards? Will it still deliver specification? Watch the video above to find out.

The series continues to demonstrate the robustness and reliability of Laser Quantum's lasers, focussing on the gem, but representative of the entire range, by preforming extreme experiments, outside of the usual laboratory environment. Although these instances are never likely to occur, the videos outline what these lasers are capable of surviving.

New improvements to the Ocean Optics NIRQuest: A Small-footprint Spectrometer for Near-Infrared Measurements

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Advantages of the NIRQuest

  • Reliable, robust spectrometer with deep thermoelectric cooling down to -20 °C for low dark current
  • Fast data transfer – great for applications with chemometric models
  • Configurable with a range of detectors, gratings and slits for your specific application

The Ocean Optics NIRQuest is a versatile NIR spectrometer for applications ranging from moisture detection and chemical analysis to high-resolution laser and optical fiber characterization. NIRQuest spectrometers cover the wavelength range from 900-2500 nm. This year 2016 Coean Optics have refreshed the NIRQuest with a new replaceable slit design, and an optional internal shutter.

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Raptor Photonics: OWL 1280 SWIR HD format Digital InGaAs Camera

OWL 1280

Using a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor from SCD, the Raptor PhotonicsOWL 1280 offers visible extension from 0.4µm to 1.7µm to enable high sensitivity imaging. The 10µm x 10µm pixel pitch enables the highest resolution imaging. The camera will also offer 2 x 2 binning to become 640×512, 20µm pitch for ultimate low light vision and high speed applications. It will offer less than 35 electrons readout noise combined with one of the lowest dark current readings on the market.  The camera will offer ultra-high intrascene dynamic range of 70dB enabling simultaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene.

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