• 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


Thorlabs new Yttrium Orthovanadate Rochon Prism


  • Separates Unpolarized Light into Two Orthogonally Polarized Outputs
  • 10.6° Beam Separation Angle
  • High Extinction Ratio for Each Output (>100 000:1)
  • Uncoated YVO4 Substrate
  • Mounted in Ø1" Aluminum Housing

Thorlabs' Rochon Prism splits an arbitrarily polarized input beam into two orthogonally polarized output beams. The ordinary ray remains on the same optical axis as the input beam, while the extraordinary ray deviates by an angle of 10.6° for 2000 nm light. The output beams have a high polarization extinction ratio of >100 000:1.

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The taccor comb: Laser Quantum’s first complete frequency comb system

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The taccor comb, Laser Quantum’s first complete frequency comb system, is an extension to the taccor range of 1 GHz lasers. The comb comprises a powerful 1 GHz turn-key Ti:Sapphire laser and a matched dispersion compensation module, super-continuum generation and ultra-stable f-to-2f interferometer all in a single sealed and ultra-stable housing. The taccor comb is fully stabilised using XPS800-E feedback loop electronics and provides an electrical output signal at the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency with at least 40 dB signal-to-noise ratio in 300 kHz bandwidth.  Using a high repetition rate Ti:Sapphire mode-locked laser for comb generation, the combenables generation of significantly higher supercontinuum average power, resulting in an enhanced SNR for heterodyne beat measurements or direct frequency comb spectroscopy applications.

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Toptica invites you to participate in The Big Bell Test


On November 30st a worldwide project will take place that uses human randomness to enable experiments which test the laws of quantum physics. The Big Bell Test is coordinated by ICFO (The Institute of Photonic Sciences) to perform several simultaneous quantum physics experiments in different laboratories around the world. These experiments need the participation of many people, who will contribute to the success by behaving as randomly as possible.

TOPTICA supports the Big Bell Test not only as provider of equipment of many of the participating groups but also as an official ambassador. That’s why we reach out to the TOPTICA world and ask everybody to participate. We share the passion for quantum physics with our customers and promise to be ready on November 30st to test its laws on a global scale. Learn more, and watch the video, after the break.

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Phaseview ZeeScan 3D Microscope Add-on: Upgrade Your Microscope With 3D Surface Metrology Capabilities

The Phaseview ZeeScan is a fast, precise, affordable 3D add-on for microscopy. ZeeScan features the most advanced properties for fast and precise z-scanning. Instead of using traditional motorized means such as stepper motors or piezo devices, ZeeScan uses a proprietary PhaseView optical assembly for 3D scanning integrating the latest advances of digital lens technology, leading to accurate and highly repeatable z-steps for 3D acquisition ad analysis.

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Lastek Spring Stocktake Sale: Browse for hot bargains

Lastek's Spring Stocktake Sale is now on! We've updated our stock pages to reflect our current inventory in Adelaide. Browse through a huge selection of optics, mounts, accessories, protective eyewear, laser dyes and more from a wide range of our principals including Thorlabs, CVI, Edmund Optics and more. All stock is available for immediate delivery and is offered at 50% discount from normal pricing. Full details here. Contact us for further information. 

Becker & Hickl: SPC Modules Record TCSPC FLIM with Bidirectional Scanning

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FLIM recorded by bidirectional scanning. Above: FLIM of Convallaria sample, 512x512 pixels.

Starting from Version 9.73 SPCM Software, the Becker & Hickl TCSPC / FLIM systems are able to record FLIM with bidirectional scanning. The data are recorded in the ‘FIFO Imaging’ mode. The data acquisition is synchronised with the scanning by frame clock, line clock, and pixel clock pulses from the scanner. Each first line clock pulse indicates the beginning of a forward scan, each second one the beginning of a backward scan. The recording procedure automatically reverses the data from the backward scan and compensates for the line shift caused by the dynamic behaviour of the scanner.

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Edmund Optics Rare Earth Magnets


  • Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) and Samarium Cobalt (SmCo)
  • High Resistivity to Demagnetization
  • Extremely Strong
  • Cost Effective

Edmund Optics Neodymium and Samarium Cobalt Magnets offer the highest energy magnetic fields available in permanent magnets. They are ideal for applications that require high energy, but are space limited. The Neodymium Iron Boron material is relatively expensive, but its high energy output makes it extremely cost effective. For this reason, they are used in many demanding assembly and industrial applications where price is a concern. The Samarium Cobalt material is more stable than the NdFeB and, therefore, more appropriate for high temperature applications (250°C - 300°C).

IR Synchrotron Radiation for Near-Field AFM-IR Imaging demonstrated with Nanonics AFM and probes


The Nanonics system featured in the front center of the DLS laboratory.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016:  Using the Nanonics MultiView 1000 AFM, Nanonics' fiber probes and scanning thermal microscopy probes, a team of scientists led by Dr. Gianfelice Cinque at UK's Diamond Light Source (the national UK synchotron facility) coupled AFM to a synchotron IR beamline in order to break the diffraction limit in the IR.   For the first time, IR synchotron radiation was used as a broadband source for photothermal IR spectroscopy.  They compare two signal transduction measurements of cantilever resonant thermal expansion and scanning thermal microscopy.  Very high signal to noise ratios were observed for both methods thanks to the brightness and broadband capabilities of the synchotron IR source, but the authors conclude that the cantilever resonant thermal expansion offered the highest signal to noise ratio.

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Ocean Optics QE Pro High Performance Spectrometer


The sensitivity and large dynamic range of the Ocean Optics QE Pro combine to make it the highest-performance miniature spectrometer in its class. Absorption, reflectance, fluorescence and Raman measurements all benefit from the superior performance of the QE Pro.

For advanced measurements, a 15,000 spectra buffer ensures data integrity at high collection rates and an advanced optical design and thermoelectric cooler combine to provide thermal stability over long-term measurements. Whether for high speed or wide concentration range measurements, the QE Pro brings exceptional performance to your lab or process application. 

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