• 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


Find-R-Scope Thermal Camera/IR Thermometer

FJW thermal viewer

The FJW FIND-R-SCOPE 85770 is a self-contained, hand-held, Fully Radiometric Infrared Imager with a sensitivity of 8 to 14 microns. It offers outstanding imaging and temperature measurement performance together with flexibility, ease of use and minimal cost. The 85770 is an IR Imager that is ideal for your lab or for the thermographer and maintenance engineer alike. High quality 19,200 pixel thermal images may be captured and manipulated offline, or problems can be resolved on the spot. The camera features an industry leading 3 ½" display and delivers price and performance that is unique.

Thorlabs New Fixed Panel Laser Safety Barrier

Thorlabs New Fixed Panel Laser Safety Barrier

Laser safety barriers are an essential laser safety component for use in many high-power laser labs where scattered light must be blocked to avoid the potential for irreparable eye damage. Thorlab's new SB5X6 Fixed Panel Laser Safety Barrier is a is designed for use in labs with high-power CW or pulsed lasers. To block both CW and pulsed lasers, two materials are used in conjunction. The outside material is certified* for up to 9 J/cm2 average irradiance for pulsed lasers (100 s exposure), while the inside material is certified* for up to 120 W/cm2 CW (100 s exposure).

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NASA, Ocean Optics and the discovery of water on the moon

Ocean Optics go to the moon

Last week, NASA announced the stunning discovery of water on the moon. This followed the deliberate crashing of a probe onto the lunar surface in October as part of the space agency's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite(LCROSS) mission.

The key measurements which enabled NASA scientists to conclude that water is definitely present on earth's nearest neighbour were made with a spectrometer which was designed and built by Ocean Optics. Known as ALICE, the instrument was a modified version of their highly sensitive model QE6500 spectrometer. It had to be sufficiently rugged to withstand the stresses of the journey and the crash-landing arrival, and then to function in the moon's extremely harsh environmental conditions. The success of the mission is testament to Ocean Optics unmatched capabilities in providing spectroscopic solutions for even the most demanding applications.

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Light Pipe Homogenising Rods from Edmund Optics

light pipes

Light Pipe Homogenising rods from Edmund Optics utilize total internal reflection to turn a non-uniform light source into uniform illumination. Also known as integrating rods or light pipes, they can be used to alter the spatial distribution of the source to provide more uniformity. The hexagonal configuration in these light pipes provides 35% less light lost when filling the clear aperture, than would a comparable square configuration. These glass rods can be used to mix and homogenize single or multiple point sources regardless of their individual spectral characteristics.

New releases from Quantum Composers

Quantum Composers

Quantum Composers, leading manufacturers of precision pulse and digital delay generators, have announced two important new upgrades to existing product lines. Firstly, the recently released 9520 series of Digital Delay Pulse Generators now offers full programming compatibility with the Stanford Research DG535, providing a convenient upgrade path for existing Stanford users to migrate to Quantum Composers instruments whilst retaining existing code. Secondly, a new high-voltage output module has also been released for the 9520 series. The new model AT-45 offers significantly improved performance over its predecessor including faster rise/fall times below 2ns and longer pulse widths to 1 second.

Biophase: Digital Cell Imaging System from Phaseview


BioPhase: provides in-situ stain free cell monitoring using brightfield objectives

BioPhase is an imaging device from PhaseView with unique capability of simultaneous acquisition of intensity and phase data at ultra high resolution, providing qualitative cell imaging and accurate quantitative measurements with outstanding key benefits.

Time lapse monitoring of 3D cell morphology can be performed without contrast agents with related photo toxicity and without specialized optics for free space manipulation. Cells can remain in situ in their growth medium using standard incubation flasks, Petri dishes or multi well plates.

The smart BioPhase camera is compatible with any optical microscope equipped with a video port and standard brightfield objectives. In addition fluorescence, confocal or TIRF images can be acquired using the same objective as well as providing simultaneously phase contrast imaging.

Unlike DIC or Phase Contrast techniques with halo or gradient side effects, BioPhase delivers true quantitative phase data for counting or volume measurements.

Ellipsometry: A Versatile Technique for Thin Film Measurement

Ellipsometry is a versatile and powerful optical technique for the characterisation of thin films in a very wide variety of contexts and applications. It works by measuring the change in the state of polarisation of light reflected off the surface of the film. Its extremely high sensitivity makes it an unequalled tool for the metrology of thin film surfaces. Lastek offers a selection of ellipsometers, from Nanofilm

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Ames Photonics launch new website

Ames Photonics

Ames Photonics have launched an all-new website describing their extensive range of modular tools for spectroscopy.

Ames has been producing high quality CCD detectors since 1996. Their products are widely used in a broad range of applications including pulsed and ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Since then they have also evolved a suite of complementary products which make it possible for spectroscopists to assemble cost-effective complete systems from a wide range of interchangeable components, including visible and near-infrared detectors, advanced control software, hardware interfaces and instument integation. The new site includes details of their LARRY and GARRY series of linear CCD detectors, and their extensive range of innovative spectroscopic components and instruments. The recently releseased Oculus USB plug-n-play photodetector and the MMULS Multifunction Ultrafast Spectrometer are also both described in detail.

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