• 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


Raptor releases new OWL 320 High Speed VIS-SWIR camera


Raptor Photonics has added another member to its growing family of InGaAs based cameras. The OWL 320 High Speed VIS-SWIR features a state of the art high sensitivity InGaAs FPA sensor with a resolution of 320 x 256, and a pixel pitch of 30µm x 30µm. This camera now offers VIS-SWIR sensitivity from 400nm to 1700nm. This will be in addition to the SWIR version of the camera, running from 900nm to 1700nm.

The OWL 320 High-Speed VIS-SWIR series offers unsurpassed speeds of 346 Hz for ultrafast applications with high sensitivity response allowing exposure time from 500ns to 5 seconds. Further details available here.

New Becker+Hickl ultra-fast detectors improve NADH FLIM

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Image: NADH Lifetime image, amplitude-weighted lifetime of double-exponential fit

NADH FLIM is based on the separation of the fluorescence decay components of the bound and the unbound fraction of NAD(P)H. The amplitudes and the decay times of the components are used to derive information on the metabolic state of the cells or the tissue. The separation of the decay components and the accuracy of the amplitudes and lifetimes improves substantially by using the ultra-fast HPM-100-06 and HPM-100-07 hybrid detectors. The IRF width in combination with the SPC-150N and SPC-150NX TCSPC modules is less than 20 ps. An IRF this fast does not interfere with the fluorescence decay. The usual deconvolution process in the data analysis virtually becomes a simple curve fitting, and the decay parameters are obtained at unprecendented accuracy.

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nanoplus DFB interband cascade laser facilitates new TDLAS applications in mid-infrared

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nanoplus offers a DFB interband cascade laser (ICL) at any target wavelength in the mid-infrared (MIR) between 3 μm and 6 μm. The device operates in continuous wave (cw) mode around room temperature. Specifications and behavior are very comparable to a nanoplus laser at lower wavelengths. When you set up an ICL-based analyzer, you can, hence, transfer the engineering knowledge you have gained from building short-wavelength gas sensors.

The nanoplus DFB ICL opens tunable laser absorption spectroscopy (TLAS) for novel MIR applications in industrial gas sensing.

In the 3 μm to 6 μm wavelength window, now covered by interband cascade lasers, many industrially relevant trace gases have their strongest absorption bands. They show absorption strengths that are several orders of magnitude higher than those in other infrared (IR) areas. This concerns prevalent molecules such as carbon dioxide (CO2), nitric oxide (NO) or water (H2O). Most hydrocarbons, e. g. methane, equally locate their topmost absorbing features at these ICL wavelengths.

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A novel 1p-SLIPI approach simplifies stray-light free instantaneous imaging in dense sprays

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Clean-up of a single-shot image from a hollow cone spray. The conventional sheet image shows a large amount of stray light and blurred structures, while the 1p-SLIPI image reveals droplets and rejects stray light effectively. (courtesy of E. Berrocal, E. Kristensson, Lund University)

LaVision presents the latest innovation for stray light suppression in sprays and two-phase flows

Structured Laser Illumination Planar Imaging (SLIPI) is an established technique in planar laser imaging to remove imaging artifacts arising from higher order scattering in 2-phase fluids, such as sprays. Developed with their cooperation partners from Lund University, LaVision now provides a remarkable simplification of SLIPI with the new single pulse SLIPI approach.

Instantaneous 1p-SLIPI This novel technique reveals fully time resolved spray images from single-shot recordings. Single pulse SLIPI (1p-SLIPI) is the simplest way of rejecting stray-light in dense media.The instantaneous double pulse 2p-SLIPI and the phase-scanning and time-averaging 3p-SLIPI offer solutions to customers with higher demands on spatial resolution or for more complex spray imaging techniques like LIF/Mie.

The SLIPI optics is designed to start with the most simple 1p-SLIPI approach and can be upgraded with rising demands. The SLIPI base module covers all requirements for 1p-SLIPI. Two add-on modules for the SLIPI optics for 2p- and 3p-SLIPI allow to upgrade to one or both of the more advanced techniques. Read more about SLIPI here.

Special offer on Ocean Optics QE Pro highest performance miniature spectrometers and NIRQUEST series spectrometers.

The Ocean Optics QE Pro is a high-sensitivity spectrometer ideal for low light level applications such as fluorescence, DNA sequencing and Raman analysis. The QE Pro’s back thinned CCD detector has high quantum efficiency and its robust design yields great signal to noise performance and stability. An optional internal shutter is available for effective management of dark measurements. In addition, the interchangeable slit option allows users to switch between absorbance and fluorescence measurements easily.

The 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.

From now on till 31st July, 2017, buy any QE Pro or NIRQUEST spectrometer and receive:

  • A$2,000- Gift Voucher for any Lastek products or services in the future.
  • One copy OceanView software at no additional charge!

The offer cannot be combined with any other discounts. Valid in Australia and New Zealand only. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details.

Laser Quantum: The gem vs. world-class production

Over the past months, Laser Quantum have tested their gem laser under extreme conditions. Away from the laboratory, we have subjected this laser to being driven over by a Range Rover; being dropped from 20 metres; being frozen in a block of ice; being buried in sand and hammered with a wacker plate and being spun in a tumble dryer. The gem has survived every single test. In our final video of the series, we take you behind the scenes of our world-class production facilities to demonstrate the real test processes each of our lasers go through in order to meet our meticulous high standards. It is these high standards which have enabled the gem laser to survive the extreme testing from our previous videos. To gain an insight into our laboratories and our industry-leading testing procedure, watch the gem vs. world-class production now!

GATTanalysis Software: Evaluate super-resolution data gained from measurements with nanorulers

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The software tool GATTAnalysis by GATTAquant provides a fast and easy way to evaluate super-resolution data gained from measurements with DNA-origami based nanorulers. Just by a few clicks origami structures can be detected in the super-resolved image and analyzed concerning to mark-to-mark-distance. The resulted distance values are then presented in a histogram including basic statistical analyzing options or can be exported to a text file.

Demonstration System available: Raptor Photonics OWL 640, the best performing SWIR camera in the world

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  • 15µm x 15 µm pixel pitch
  • < 50 electrons readout noise
  • QE up to 1700nm

Demonstration unit now available. Please enquire for details.

The OWL SW1.7 CL-640 from Raptor Photonics is a rugged, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD the OWL enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit.

Available with an analog output, the OWL 640 will run at 25Hz in CCIR and 30Hz in EIA, enabling high speed digital video with intelligent auto AGC. This new feature On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) will enable clear video in all light conditions.

Click below for further information including videos of the OWL camera in action. 

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Toptica release TopWave Industrial cw UV Laser

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  • 150 mW @ 266 nm
  • Excellent lifetime (> 10000 h)
  • Consistent beam quality (M² < 1.3) over full lifetime
  • Sealed doubling cavity with automatic crystal shifter
  • Ultra-stable, low-noise cw operation, turnkey system

The industrial-grade, continuous-wave TopticaTopWave deep-UV laser system provides 150 mW output power at a wavelength of 266 nm with excellent power stability and highest reliability. Its complete UV beam path, including the resonant doubling cavity, is enclosed in an specially sealed compartment. In combination with a fully automated shifter of the doubling crystal it enables a typical lifetime of > 10,000 hours, which is key for the use in any industrial application. Consistent beam quality (M² < 1.3) is provided by an optimized beam shaping setup which is also integrated inside the sealed UV section. To avoid contamination of the exit window in non-cleanroom environments the user can connect his purge line to the provided interface.

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