• 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


Powerful analysis software allows real-time multispectral image collection and processing

The SpectroCam™ Multispectral Imaging (MSI) Camera  from Ocean Thin Films  (OTF) is now available with powerful analysis software that allows the user to perform dozens of image processing functions and view the results on a live action image output. Applications include water quality measurements, product screening, machine vision, medical imaging, surveillance and authentication. 

SpectroCam is the world’s first fully configurable MSI camera. Its wideband imaging sensor is responsive from the visible through near infrared spectrum. Precision filters and imaging optics can be customized for a variety of applications with image speeds of up to 30 fps at full resolution.

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Quantum Composers: AF910 Laser Autofocus sensor

AF910 45976c9b04b971dfde9ac3fa7c938bc0 

Quantum ComposersAF910 Laser Autofocus Sensor is ideally suited for integration into automated optical inspection systems. The unit's fast update rate greatly enhances the response times and throughput of real time scanning operations. The AF910 also provides motor step, direction, and limit control signals for stage positioning without the need for an external controller, further reducing total system costs.

Lastek expands into SE Asia with new division: LaVision Biotec Asia-Pacific

Lastek is delighted to announce an exciting new venture, LaVision BioTec Asia-Pacific, which expands our sales and service operations beyond Australia and New Zealand for the first time. Earlier in 2012, we were appointed regional distributor for LaVision Biotec, of Germany, with responsibility for marketing and support of LaVision Biotec's range of optical tools for life sciences throughout Asia Pacific.

To support this venture Lastek has created a new division: LaVision Biotec Asia-Pacific. It will be led by Dr Stuart Rumble, Lastek's Senior Scientist. We are very pleased to announce that he will be joined by Dr Carola Thoni, who has recently accepted a position at Lastek. Dr Thoni was for many years the Product Manager for Confocal Microscopy for Leica Microsystems Australia, and will be very well known to our customers in the microscopy community.

LaVision Biotec's range of innovative microscopic tools and spectroscopic systems have revolutionised imaging techniques in many fields within current biological research. Their products include the TrimScope , a unique multiphoton microscope used to visualize processes in the living animal, tissue slice or cultured cells. 

Edmund Optics: Tube System Spheres

Edmund Optics Tube System Spheres

  • Ideal for Intersecting Multiple Optical Paths
  • Feature M23.2 or M27.5 Threading for Integration with TECHSPEC Cage System Tubes
  • End Caps Block Unused Optical Paths
Edmund Optics  new TECHSPEC® Tube System Spheres , constructed from anodized aluminum, are designed to be used with TECHSPEC Cage System Tubes. These spheres enable the intersection of multiple optical paths. The standard sphere features M23.2 and M27.5 threaded ports, and the compact sphere features M23.2 and RMS threaded ports. End caps are available to block unused optical paths. 

Piezosystems Jena: Collimators for X-Ray techniques

piezosystem Jena: collimators for Xray technique

piezosystem jena have announced a new piezo based collimator system for X-Ray techniques.

Current techniques in X-Ray microscopy, crystallography and small angle x-ray scattering require extremely well-collimated beams. In order to achieve the best signal to noise ratio in an x-ray system, the aperture size should be as closely matched as possible to the sample size. Most X-ray systems use a pinhole aperture that has been drilled or laser ablated from a tungsten or tantalum disk of material. In practice this means that for every new sample size, the pinhole should be removed and a new size inserted.

A solution was developed in cooperation with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.Based on two piezo driven slit sy stems of the series PZS 4 (part number: O-101-xx), a collimator for X-Ray techniques was made. The PZS stages are mounted of 90° in respect to each other. Because of the high resolution piezo element, the slit edges can be adjusted precisely to the required size. With a resolution of <8 nm the system is the most accurate variable aperture system commercially available. The open architecture of the PZS slit system design allows for easy integration into a variety of X-Ray systems. A V-clamp holder allows the customer to add his own or our accessories. The entire system can be made vacuum compatible.

Ocean Optics BluLoop MultiLED light source

Ocean Optics BluLoop

Ocean Optic's new bluLoop Light Source is a small but amazing LED source that is the perfect companion for measuring colour and more.

bluLoop features four tunable LEDs that allow unparalleled balancing of spectral output. It delivers higher reliability of estimated color values, has low heat consumption and has a longer lifetime than typical halogen sources.

bluLoop also has good response and favorable spectral characteristics in the Visible range when compared with tungsten halogen sources.

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Toptica 2012: Lasers for Scientific Challenges

Toptica have released their all new 2012 "Lasers for Scientific Challenges" Catalogue. Download here.

High Speed visualisation of a droplet impacting a hard surface

Figure 1: Splash is suppressed when the ambient air pressure is reduced. A drop 3.4mm in diameter of ethanol colliding with a surface at a speed of 3.74 ms-2 splashes at atmospheric pressure (top panel) but spreads smoothly at 0.172 atmospheres (bottom panel). Pictures taken from Xu,. Zhang, and Nagel (2005)

Quantum Composers model 9528 Digital Delay Pulse Generators has been incorporated for use as a timing system at Brown University, of Providence, RI, in a research project which has begun to reveal the hidden mysteries of how liquid droplets splash.

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Smart Ultrafast Fibre Lasers: Toptica presents compact next-generation fibre lasers

FemtoFiber smart Family

The FemtoFiber smart family is TOPTICA ’s new series of ultrafast fibre lasers. These systems are dedicated to applications ranging from biopho-tonics to terahertz generation and two-photon polymerization. Optimized for a compact footprint uniting optics and electronics in one box, these robust all-fibre lasers are the perfect choice for flexible OEM integration. 

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NoIR Laser shields: Protection against laser pointer induced glare and flash blindness

Flight Deck Test of CE-certified NoIR Laser Shield

High-powered hand-held laser pointers have become a significant hazard to law-enforcement officers and pilots, as they can induce a temporary and dazzling flash/glare blindness. The sudden loss of vision from even a low-power laser pointer illumination can be disorienting and debilitating, yet standard sunglasses and typical safety goggles provide virtually no protection from these hazards.

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