• 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


  • Toptica: DL pro now with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro
    Toptica: DL pro now with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro

    With TOPTICA’s DLC pro, high-end laser control now enters the digital world! 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 is designed to analyse the multi-line or broadband spectrum of light sources such as cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. 


TOPTICA’s CTL is now available at 1050, 1320 and 1470 nm – with up to 110 nm mode-hop-free tuning!

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Continuous, mode-hop-free wavelength tuning up to 110 nm is now possible around the new central wavelengths 1050, 1320 and 1470 nm. These new wavelengths complement the portfolio of TOPTICA’s laser platform CTL (Continuously Tunable Lasers).

TOPTICA’s CTL diode lasers are currently available at wavelengths ranging between 915 and 1630 nm. They can achieve ultra wide mode-hop-free motorized wavelength scans with high absolute accuracy, sub-pm resolution and output powers up to 80 mW. Piezo tuning allows even higher resolutions down to 5 kHz. With its unique resonator design, as well as its versatile and lowest noise all-digital controller (DLC pro), the CTL reaches low drift values and a linewidth below 10 kHz. The completely digital architecture enables mode-hop-free operation with a SMILE (Single Mode Intelligent Loop Engine), which is an active feedback loop that makes sure the laser always stays on the same mode – even during 110 nm wide scans. The controller offers a unique ease of use via touchscreen, knobs and buttons for functions like zooming into spectra, frequency locking and power stabilization. Remote control is possible with a convenient PC GUI or a powerful command language via TCP/IP and USB.

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The gem laser vs. the Arctic

What happens when you combine a gem laser, a bucket of water and a freezer? Laser Quantum tried it out and froze the laser in a block of ice in order to bring you the next in the series of their robust laser videos! How will the gem perform after facing Arctic conditions that not even man can survive? Watch and find out…

All of Laser Quantum's lasers face rigorous laboratory testing prior to sending out to any customer, and these robust laser video series are intended to demonstrate in an exaggerated way, the extreme conditions these lasers can withstand.

Positioning for Microscope Objectives - piezosystem jena's MIPOS R 120

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Image: The MIPOS R120 positions the whole lens revolver.

For Microscopy applications using multiple lenses in fast alternation, piezosystem jena developed a very special MIPOS model: The MIPOS R120. This piezo stage positions the whole lens revolver. Users can easily switch between objectives without losing focus on the part of the probe that is examined. This significantly increases inspection and analysis times and spares the user the time-consuming positioning of individual lenses.

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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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