• 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


Gentec-EO release new Pronto 250 Plus Laser Power Detector

  • Pocket-Size: This mid to high power handheld probe is so compact it fits in your pocket!
  • Easy-to-Use: The touch screen color LCD allows for a friendly user interface. You can make a measurement with just the touch of a button!
  • User Setable: You can set the wavelength, brightness and screen orientation to adapt to your application
  • Data Logging: Save your data to the internal memory and then transfer it to your PC over the USB connection.
  • From Low to High Powers: Thanks to a low noise level and high damage threshold, the Pronto can measure powers from 1 W to 250 W
  • Fully Calibrated: The Pronto-250 comes fully calibrated: every wavelength between 248 nm and 2.5 micron (YAG), and a real calibration at 10.6 micron (CO2). The Pronto-250-PLUS has all these calibrations and is also calibrated for Energy measurements.
  • Hands-Free Operation: Place it on a flat surface or use one of the 2 threaded holes that we have integrated in the casing for safe use with optical stands.

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LG Motion Polaris™ – one of the most powerful motion control platforms available


To complement their own range of motion control components and products, LG Motion work closely with a number of international motion control specialists in order to provide a comprehensive range of motion control solutions.

Polaris – advanced motion control system

The advanced motion control platform, Polaris™, demonstrates speed, precision and programming flexibility. It is the world’s most advanced off-the-shelf platform for the control and synchronisation of servo motors. Motor control applications can be realised by using Polaris software and hardware components which include controls, drives and, digital I/O. Extensive motion control software includes CAD/CAM, operator interfaces, function libraries, executables, HMIs and applications.

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Ocean Optics DynaCup Rotating Sample Stage

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The Ocean Optics DynaCup is a dynamic sampling device for presenting samples to a reflectance probe. Samples are placed on a rotating plinth, which is spun beneath the measurement probe and allows the probe to scan multiple areas over the sample, over multiple acquisitions. When the acquisitions are averaged, the result is a more repeatable and representative spectrum of your sample.

The DynaCup is particularly important for measuring reflectance of non-homogeneous samples such as grain, where irregular grain shapes cause signal to vary and the distribution of key sample parameters (e.g., moisture, protein and starch) will vary within the individual grain. The power of dynamic sampling can eliminate variation in the measurement, helping measurements be more accurate.

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TOPTICA strengthens customized solutions & innovation by spinning off TOPTICA Projects GmbH



In order to serve high complexity laser projects more efficiently TOPTICA Photonics AG has founded its new subsidiary TOPTICA Projects GmbH. TOPTICA Projects will be focusing on customized laser solutions, innovation and technology development. In addition, it will become the new home of TOPTICA’s award-winning Guide Star laser activities. The office is also located in Gräfelfing/Munich and operation has started on October 3rd 2016.

Frank Lison, managing director and CEO of the new TOPTICA Projects states: “Access to latest technology for integration into customized laser system solutions have been instrumental to TOPTICA’s growth in the past and opened up new markets as well. Within TOPTICA Projects we will be able to give such activities a much stronger emphasis and secure long-term technology leadership for all of TOPTICA.”

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Laser Quantum take the Mannequin challenge

The mannequin challenge has recently taken the internet by storm, with people captured frozen in time in a specific environment.  Laser Quantum have filmed their very own mannequin challenge for a ‘behind the scenes’ look into one of their working labs, where their laser manufacturing takes place. The video offers insight into life inside their labs, demonstrating the different tasks taken on by Laser Quantum engineers. Watch the video above for an insider’s look into Laser Quantum's labs, located in Stockport, Greater Manchester UK.

Nanonics Hydra BioAFM: Correlating Optical Super-resolution with AFM


Nanonics, the leading provider of cutting-edge AFM technology, is proud to present its newest breakthrough in bio atomic force microscopy: the Hydra BioAFMTM featuring VISTATM (Vivid Imaging Soft Touch AFM) mode. This innovation offers ultrasensitive single pN force mapping combined with the benefits of super-resolution optical/fluorescent imaging. Live cell imaging with <100nm optical resolution and direct correlation with AFM topography is now possible. The finest structures, such as microvilli, can now be analyzed with on-line mechanics. The Hydra BioAFM, with its single or multi-probe capability, allows versatile optical integration with dual microscopes & side illumination. The system enables super-resolution methods like STED, PALM, STORM, and live cell NSOM with any available dye.

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Practical guide to the realization of a convertible optical trapping system

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Chenglong Zhao, an assistant professor at the University of Dayton, Ohio, has recently published a ‘Practical guide to the realization of a convertible optical trapping system’ in the Optics Express. Using a Laser Quantum ventus, Prof Zhao provides a detailed guide to the construction of a convertible optical trapping system for either single-beam or counter-propagating traps. This system can be easily switched between single-beam and the counter-propagating trap allowing particles that vary widely both in size and material to be trapped and manipulated. Click here to read the full article. 

piezosystem jena: Ring Actuators R/RA

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Ring actuators are often used in optical applications such as laser beam steering, fiber alignment or AFM scanning. In order to achieve optimal positioning results, these actuators have to fulfill a number of tough requirements. Especially stiffness and guidance accuracy are important criteria when it comes to operating the actuators in the sub-nm range and with high dynamics. The piezosystem jena ring actuator series R/RA was developed and designed by piezosystem jena to meet the high requirements of these applications.

The R/RA series ring actuators offers motion of up to 50 µm. Their apertures of up to 14 mm are especially useful for optical applications because they allow for light to travel through. Stiffness is up to 330 N/µm which enables the user to operate the actuators with extremely high dynamics. This is an especially beneficial characteristic for a ring actuator, since they are often used in laser resonators.

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Abberior Instruments: New Live-Cell STED Package

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Recording living cells is a challenge all by itself. Additionally, when doing live-cell super-resolution imaging on living cells, there is a multitude of things to take care of at the same time.  

To enable you to focus on getting the best images, Abberior Instruments offers a unique live-cell package with its STED and RESOLFT microscopes including a continuous STED autofocus, RESCue-STED and more:

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