• 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


LaVision/Lastek at PIV09

LaVision and Lastek will be exhibiting at the upcoming 8th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry, to be held at Monash University, Melbourne, from August 25 - 28. We extend an invitation to visit us at the Trade Exhibition to see the range of state-of-the-art PIV systems offered by LaVision. We will also be conducting a series of on-site customer demonstrations either side of the conference dates throughout Australia. If you would like the opportunity to see the benefits of LaVision technology first-hand in your laboratory or facility, please contact Anthony Quinn at Lastek to arrange a visit. Also, please see our extensive webpages describing the complete range of flow visualisation systems available from LaVision here. We look forward to seeing you at PIV09 in Melbourne this August.

New: Ames Photonics Oculus: Plug'n'play USB Photodetector


Ames Photonics have released the Oculus , a series of plug and play USB photodetectors/gated optical integrators.

These versatile systems have been developed for measuring and logging CW and pulsed optical and laser sources in the 200-1700nm range. All operating parameters (integration time, interval between samples, averaging, internal delay and box-car mode operation) are controlled via open -source software. Each detector is supplied with a Software Development Kit containing examples of typical detector acquisition and display programs in Labview, C++, VB and SpectraScript. These examples can be used to make simple measurements. Source code is included, enabling users to extend these programs or write completely new ones to control the detectors and integrate them into larger experiments.

The detectors incorporate low noise, high gain 16 bit oversampling amplifiers for high sensitivity. Typical saturation signals are a few nJ. The shortest integration time is 20 microseconds, the longest 10 seconds. The detectors incorporate an external trigger input and internal, programmable delay generator for synchronization to pulsed sources.

Click here to download the Oculus brochure, or contact us for further information.

New Innovative Products from Toptica


It's been a busy year for innovation at Toptica Photonics, who have recently released a swag of new products. Click on links to read  the news releases describing:

New iBeam Smart: The ultra-compact diode laser

New FemtoFibre Pro : Next generation of femtosecond fibre lasers

pro Series Completed: Best specifications and hands-off operation

new OEM 325nm Diode Laser : Toptica break through the wavelength/power curve

new cw Terahertz Spectroscopy kit : Integrating leading edge photomixer technology

Giant Laser Reactor Unveiled in California

Giant Laser Reactor

A massive laser fusion reactor at the National Ignition Facility, part of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, San Francisco, was formally opened recently in front of dignitaries including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Inside the reactor, 192 laser beams are focussed on a target the size of a bean, heating it to temperatures comparable to the interior of the sun. Read more here.

Open source PET electronics reduces time to build PET systems

PET image of brainscan

SensL, manufacturers of solid-state solutions for low-light-level sensing, have announced a
a joint collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to produce open source PET (Positron Emission Tomography) system electronics. Companies and researchers who wish to rapidly develop PET and SPECT systems can now do so with the use of an open source PET electronics specification (OpenPET).  Designers who adopt OpenPET will benefit from faster system design and a worldwide network of users who will maintain and improve the system architecture on a collaborative basis.

The system is based around a flexible PET and SPECT system architecture which has been designed for use with a variety of detector front ends. The system electronics, firmware and software will provide everything that is required to build PET and SPECT systems. Initial system design will be optimized for use with SensL's Silicon Photomultiplier, PMT replacement detector technology .

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Laser Safety at Lastek


At Lastek, we take laser safety seriously. That's why we offer you the broadest range of laser safety equipment in Australia and New Zealand. Our products include a very wide selection of laser safety eyewear from leading international manufacturers including Yamamoto , Glendale , Thorlabs and Offenhaeuser + Berger ensuring that we can always offer you the right protection at the right price no matter which lasers you are working with. Laser safety is not just about your eyes, though. That's why we also offer a selection of curtains and windows , beam dumps , laser safety software , interlock systems and laser warning signs. Not sure what you need? No problem. We know laser safety, so please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements. We will be delighted to help recommend appropriate safety equipment to ensure your people are safe, and that you are in compliance with all applicable local laser safety standards. Play it safe: talk to Lastek about laser safety.

Discovery Semiconductors Introduces Quad Photodiode Arrays for 40G and 100G Optical Communications

Discovery Semiconductor Inc

Discovery Semiconductors, Inc has introduced its 4-element Quad InGaAs Photodiode Arrays for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s optical communications. The Quad PD Arrays consist of four photodiodes monolithically integrated on a common InP substrate, and are fabricated using Discovery’s high-reliability low FIT rate InGaAs/InP semiconductor process. The Quad PD Array consists of either 10um, 30um, 40um, or 50um diameter photodiodes. The individual RF bandwidth of the photodiodes is 10, 15, 20, or 40 GHz. The top illuminated photodiodes work equally well for 1.3um as well as 1.5um based communication systems. The optical power handling of each photodiode exceeds +12dBm, thus making it a must for coherent systems requiring high optical LO power.  The target applications include 100 Gb/s Long-Haul Pol-Mux (D)QPSK, 40 Gb/s Long-Haul (D)QPSK, and 40G/100G parallel networking.

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