• 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


Ocean Optics STS Microspectrometer

Ocean Optics STS

The new Ocean Optics STS Microspectrometer is a remarkably small CMOS-based unit that is less than 50 mm square and weighs just over 2 ounces. This ultra-compact spectrometer is ideal for OEM devices and provides full spectral analysis with low stray light and high signal-to-noise ratio. STS boasts optical resolution of ~1.5 nm (FWHM) and is particularly suited for high-intensity applications such as LED characterization and absorbance/transmission measurements. STS meets or exceeds optical resolution, stability, sensitivity and other performance criteria associated with larger, more expensive spectrometers. Plus, its built-in shutter makes taking dark measurements more convenient. STS is available with a 25 cm fiber that has a 400 µm core diameter and can be configured with a 25 µm or 100 µm slit. Choose STS-VIS for 350-800 nm wavelengths or STS-NIR for 650-1100 nm.

Toptica narrow band 2 Watt laser at 589nm


Diode-based system for laser cooling of sodium

The latest addition to TOPTICA ’s SHG pro series of frequency-converted diode lasers is a novel continuous-wave system with an output power of 2 Watt at 589 nm. The new DL RFA SHG pro features a linewidth of less than 1 MHz and a mode hop free tuning range of more than 10 GHz and is thus ideally suited for laser cooling of sodium. It presents a stable and easy-to-use alternative to the intricate dye lasers used previously that required frequent maintenance and water cooling.

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Great Freight Rates from the States for Duggo's Mates


Lastek's OpticsShop Consolidated Freight Service charges increased to $65 for the first kilo and $20/kilo thereafter from May 1. This means OpticsShop is still the cheapest and most effective way to ship small volume orders from the USA to Australia. Call us to find out how we can help you save money on air freight of your purchases from the USA.

Ocean Optics HR4000 High-Resolution Spectrometer

Ocean Optics HR4000

The Ocean Optics HR4000 Spectrometer is the next-generation high-resolution spectrometer. The HR4000 has a 3648-element CCD-array detector from Toshiba that enables optical resolution as precise as 0.02 nm (FWHM). The HR4000 is responsive from 200-1100 nm, but the specific range and resolution depend on your grating and entrance slit choices. This novel combination of optics and electronics is ideal for applications such as characterizing lasers, measuring gas absorbance, and determining atomic emission lines.

We've put together some guides showing how the HR4000 can be configured in various applications, including forgas absorbance , colour reflectometry , laser analysismetrologyfluorescenceupdwelling/downdwellingUV/VIS reflectometry and solutions absorbance. Our team of spectroscopists is the most experienced in the industry. We love to talk spectroscopy! Benefit from our knowledge, and call us to discuss your application today.

Toptica Digilock Online Video Tutorials

Toptica Digilock

Toptica's Digilock 110 Digital Laser Stabilization System offers the ideal versatile solution for laser control, characterisation, stabilization and analysis. Now, a series of video tutorials have been released online by Toptica. If you're new to the Digilock series, or wondering if this is the right tool for you, this three part series will be of interest. Part 1 give an overview and introduction to the technique. Part 2 introduces you to a simple locking technique using the PID modul. Part 3 covers gradually increases the complexity of the set-up and introdduces some more advanced techniques.

Toptica iBeam Smart: now available at 515nm

iBeam Smart

TOPTICA presents direct diode technology at 515 nm . So far, the green wavelength regime has not been accessible directly with laser diodes. Integrated in TOPTICA’s OEM diode laser iBeam smart, the new wavelength was recently demonstrated live at Photonics West. Other newly available wavelengths are 395 nm (120 mW), 420 nm (120 mW) and 460 nm (100 mW). Furthermore high power versions of 445 nm (100 mW) and 473 nm (80 mW) are available starting now. These new wavelengths will be integrated in the iBeam smart, the new fiber-pigtailed diode laser iBeam smart PT and TOPTICA’s new multi laser engine, the iChrome MLE.

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Control you new Signal Recovery DSP Lock-in Amp by iPad

The Signal Recovery model 7230 is a new concept in general-purpose DSP lock-in amplifiers. It offers the excellent performance that users expect from such instruments but at a lower price than many competitive models. This improvement in price/performance ratio has been achieved by replacing the traditional control buttons and display with easy-to-use control panels that can be operated from any computer via your favorite browser.

No longer do you need to be in front of the instrument to operate it - now you can set up your experiment in the lab but return to the office while it runs, monitoring what is happening via your computer. And if you need to make a change to a setting then it’s as easy as clicking a button on a web page. The model 7230 can even be operated via iPad, shown above.

In addition to the web control panels, the instrument can also be fully controlled from other software packages, such as Acquire, SRInstComms, orLabVIEW. These support experiments such as frequency response measurements, logging of instruments outputs over time, and integration with other experimental equipment.

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Ocean Optics Torus Miniature Spectrometer: Low stray light and excellent throughput

Ocean Optics Torus


The Torus Miniature Spectrometer from Ocean Optics is a Visible range (360-825 nm) unit that delivers low stray light and is ideal for measuring color. Its increased sensitivity and throughput also make is perfect for low light level applications. Torus delivers scientific-grade performance with outstanding thermal stability, making is a brilliant choice for a wide range of challenging applications.

For Torus, a variable line spacing grating with 550 (+/-2) grooves/mm groove density at center is used, with a nominal blaze wavelength of 400 nm. This design yields an optical bench in which light can be manipulated more efficiently. The concave grating also helps to improve thermal stability of the Torus. Wavelength drift is nearly eliminated and peak shape stays the same over a wide temperature range. As a result, Torus makes possible precision metrology, fluorescence and absorbance applications with demanding stray light and thermal stability requirements.

Typical Applications
Torus is the perfect solution for a wide range of applications where low stray light, high throughput and thermal stability are necessary:

  • Trace gas amounts in the atmosphere
  • Absorbance of optically dense solutions
  • Precision measurement of LEDs, lasers and other light sources
  • Medical dosimetry in tissue and biological media
  • Fluorescence from solid surfaces and backscattering/fluorescence in solutions and powders

Thorlabs One-step Fibre Bulkhead and Connector Cleaner

Thorlabs One-step Fibre Bulkhead and Connector Cleaner

Thorlabs new One-step Fibre Bulkhead and Connector Cleaner is a convenient fibre optics lab tool.

  • Dry Cleaning Cloth Eliminates the need for Solvents
  • Over 525 Cleanings per Unit
  • Quickly Cleans FC/PC, ST, and SC Connectors and Bulkheads
  • Standard Length: 7" (179 mm); Extended Length: 8" (203 mm)


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