• 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


Visit Toptica's all-new website (and get a free iPad)

Toptica: A Passion for Precision






Toptica have launched an all-new website. Like their products, it bristles with smart design and crisp engineering. It includes detailed product descriptions, as one would expect, in addition to many extras including extensive applications notes (in quantum optics, biophotonics, microscopy, terahertz and semicon inspection), a seriously helpful "Laserfinder" feature, and a library of very detailed troubleshooting guides and technical manuals.

Dr. Thomas Renner, VP Sales & Marketing said: "We are quite excited about the new key visual from the field of snooker and billiards. It perfectly symbolizes the world of colorful photons and atoms, physics, our company logo and last but not least our slogan A Passion for Precision.” OPTICA engaged 5 time German champion and TOPTICA neighbor Thomas Gollowitsch as billiard model.

And if all of that is not quite enough to encourage visitors to click through to the new site, Toptica have hidden a small picture of Albert Einstein, somewhere on one of the many online pages. If you can find it, you're in the running to win a free iPad . We're still looking.

Ames Photonics S-cube: The Versatile Imaging Spectrometer

Ames Photonics S-cube

The new Ames Photonics S-cube is a versatile, low-cost, imaging spectrometer which offers a level of performance flexibility previously available only in much more expensive systems. It is intended to fill a gap in the market between entry-level spectrometers with limited capability to adjust key parameters, and systems providing flexibility but at significant cost. The S-cube offers a middle way: a reasonably priced spectrometer with excellent performance and wide versatility in a compact, modular package.

Together with Ames Photonics range of LARRY and GARRY linear array detectors and other components, the S-cube provides the spectroscopist with a highly flexible modular platform, making it an ideal choice for every spectroscopy laboratory.

Based on a Folded Czerny-Turner layout, the system has been engineered from the ground up with the goal of allowing for quick and convenient interchange of components. Diffraction gratings, input slits and array detectors can all be replaced, allowing the S-cube to be easily and rapidly reconfigured for a very wide range of spectral measurements. Wavelength recalibration of the system after such configuration changes is achieved via a semi-automated routine employing onboard Hg/Ar and tungsten spectral calibration lamps.

The S-Cube is suitable for general spectroscopy, but it has been specifically optimised with laser spectroscopy in mind. High F/# and low coma ensure high resolution and low distortion of spectral lines. Further performance flexibility is provided by the ability to vary astigmatism across the wavelength spectrum.


  • Femtosecond laser spectroscopy (pump probe, CARS, photon echo
  • Versatile, modular research spectrometer for UV-VIS-NIR
  • Excellent platform for teaching spectroscopy and spectral calibration
  • Absorption and reflection measurements in VIS-NIR using onboard tungsten lamp coupled to optical fibre
  • Measuring emission spectra

For further details of features and specifications, please read on below, or contact us for more information.

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Thorlabs release new Adaptive Optics Kit

Thorlabs Wavefront sensor

Thorlabs have announced the release of new Adaptive Optics Kits. These kits provide out-of-the-box functionality for real-time, high-precision wavefront measurement and control, and include:

  • Deformable Mirror (Multi- or Mini-DM)
  • Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor (shown above)
  • All Imaging Optics and Associated Mounting Hardware
  • Fully Functional Stand-Alone Control Software for Immediate Control of the System
  • A Low-Level Support Library to Assist with Tailored Applications Authored by the End User

Thorlabs offers four Adaptive Optics Kit options, two that incorporate 140 actuator Multi-DM deformable mirrors and two that incorporate 32 actuator Mini-DM deformable mirrors. AOK1-UM01 and AOK2-UM01 contains a DM with a gold mirror coating, while AOK1-UP01 and AOK2-UP01 contain a DM with an aluminum mirror coating. When combined with the WFS150-5C wavefront sensor, these kits are designed for use in the 600 - 1100 nm range and the 400 - 1100 nm range, respectively. Regardless of the kit chosen, the three constituent components provide a closed-loop sample rate of 8 Hz when in the correction mode. Although the use of DMs in astronomy is well known, these miniature, precision wavefront control devices are also helping researchers to make breakthroughs in beam forming, microscopy, laser communication, and retinal imaging.

Nanonics MultiView: Simultaneous AFM-Raman Imaging and TERS

Nanonics Imaging pioneered the field of AFM-Raman/TERS (Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) with the MultiViewTM series. Its hallmark free optical axis allows for seamless integration with any Raman system, whether upright or inverted. Integration Packages are available for a variety of Raman manufactures including HORIBA Jobin Yvon. These state-of-the-art integrations mark the beginning of a new era in high-resolution Raman spectroscopy.

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LaVision Biotec Ultramicroscope

LaVision Biotec's Ultramicroscope represents an entirely new class of imaging system, created by combining pioneering ideas from the last century with today's technical concepts. It offers exceptional new opportunities for:

· Whole brain imaging at cellular resolution
· 3D high speed imaging without bleaching
· High throughput phenotype screening

With LaVision BioTec’s Ultramicroscope, you can handle samples even a centimeter in size, yet with sub-cellular resolution. Based on a technique originally developed for particle analysis in 1903*, it has been refined this century for optical sectioning of large biological samples.

LaVision BioTec’s Ultramicroscope utilizes a thin sheet of light to excite biological samples while the fluorescence light is detected with a CCD-equipped microscope perpendicularly to the illuminated area. By moving the sample through the sheet and taking pictures at each depth, one generates a 3D image at cellular resolution in whole organs, using fluorescent proteins, fluorescent dyes or autofluorescence!

To date juvenile mouse brain, complete mouse embryos as well as whole fruit flies have been successfully analyzed. A few articles have yet been published based on sheet illumination of biological samples, so the field is open! Whether you want to chart neuronal networks, characterize phenotypes, study vascularization, or something else as yet untested, this is the emerging technology for you!

The Ultramicroscope can be customized to your application! Please ask for: high speed cameras, incubation chambers for in vivo work and high resolution optics.


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Edmund Optics release Near-UV achromat

Edmund UV achromat

Edmund Optics (EO) , the premier provider of optical components, have introduced the new TECHSPEC® Near UV Achromatic Lenses . These high performance lenses provide excellent transmission in the 345-700 nm range. They are specifically designed to minimize the spot size for polychromatic illumination in the 345-550 nm region. Also released are the new TECHSPEC® Hot Mirrors and Cold Mirrors. Both mirrors feature a multi-layer dielectric coating on a precision Borofloat substrate. To further enhance the mirrors’ performance, all mirrors offer a high efficiency Anti-Reflective coating on the rear surface, providing less than 1% reflection over the entire transmission range.

NoIR introduce newly certified safety eyewear for femtosecond lasers

Responding to the expanding requirements of new lasers and new applications, NoIR announces a series of newly certified LaserShield laser goggles for protection against ultra fast picosecond and femtosecond laser and for high power pulses. According to stringent EN207 European standards, tested by independent laboratories and certified by the DIN-Certco, these polymer NoIR LaserShields will not bleach or fail for a minimum of 10 seconds, retaining high optical densities and affording high levels of protection.

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Ocean Optics new NeoFox Oxygen Sensors

Ocean Optics NeoFox

Ocean Optics sensor systems are ushering in a new generation of low-cost, portable chemical-sensing devices. Advances in chemical detection technology, particularly in optical fluorescence, have led to the introduction of cost-effective, highly sensitive oxygen sensors which are proving an excellent alternative to traditional electrochemical techniques. The Ocean Optics NeoFox Phase Measurement System is a fluorescence based optical sensor system which can help reduce costs, improve stability and make calibration easier in a wide variety of oxygen sensing applications. Three NeoFox sensor formulations are available:

  • Foxy- for general use application (water quality, wasterwater, food and beverage)
  • HIoxy-for hydrocarbon environments (gases, fuels etc.)
  • Fospor- for highly sensitive low oxygen concentration detection.

All three of the formulations can be coated on probes or patches. Call or email Lastek today to discuss how Ocean Optics oxygen sensing technology can benefit your work. Our team of spectroscopists is the most experienced in the industry, and welcomes the opportunity to discuss your application in detail. Ask about our demo program and special offers.

Ames Photonics announces the Oculus Challenge


We've been impressed by the new Oculus USB Photodetectors from our friends at Ames Photonics. Now, Ames have announced the Oculus Challenge: two Oculus systems will be given away free to customers who come up with the most creative and innovative applications for this smart new device. From the Ames website:

"Oculus is the latin word for "eye", and in classical times, referred to the round opening at the top of the roof of the Pantheon and other buildings. Oculus is also the name for Ames Photonics innovative new USB detector system, released commercially in 2009. This convenient, plug-n-play laboratory essential is proving to be a very popular tool in a wide range of applications. For example, at Swinburne University, in Melbourne, Australia, researchers have used the Oculus in conjunction with other Ames Photonics tools to detect and measure output from a multibeam ultrafast laser spectroscopy experiment. Oculus provides the means to enable correlated single-pulse measurements, providing an efficient, cost-effective solution to this problem.  Read their report here.


This creative application of the technology behind the Oculus has given us an idea: We are inviting our customers to send us, via email, their idea for an application which best exploits the unique capabilities of the Oculus USB photodetector. We have two Oculus systems to be given away, free of charge, which will go to the two submissions which our judges deem to be the most interesting."

Explore the different versions available for a range of spectral inputs here. Download the detailed technical brochure here.
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