• 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


Lasers in the News July 2018

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Above left: A tiny bead struck by a laser (at the yellowish spot shown at the top of the image) produces optical modes that circulate around the interior of the bead (pinkish ring). Right: A simulation of how the optical field inside a 5-micron bead is distributed. [Image: Angel Fernandez-Bravo/Berkeley Lab, Kaiyuan Yao]

Continuous Emission from Microbead Lasers

How lasers will point to the extent of pollution in industrial skies

Here Come the Lasers: The Dawn of Energy Weapons Is Here

Making pions with lasers

New laser material combines high power with thermal tolerance

Ultracold atoms and ultrafast lasers

Edinburgh scientists use lasers to shine light on Earth's core


Neural probe positioning system featured in WSJ

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Image by Erik Dinnel, Allen Institute

Article shows New Scale Technologies' micropositioning technology at work in the lab

The Allen Institute for Brain Science was featured in the June 15 Wall Street Journal article, “The Quest to Decode the Brain.”  Micropositioning expertise from New Scale Technologies helps make this work possible. From the article:

"… researchers and engineers are developing more powerful and easier-to-use devices to study the brain. Some allow scientists to monitor more neurons than was previously possible in a living brain. Others grant researchers access to the hard-to-reach regions of the brain. Their big advantage: The tools can record the fast patterns of electrical signals the brain uses to convey information in more detail than before. It’s this neural Morse code scientists want to decipher…"

Scientists hope these deeper data dives will help further the understanding of how networks of neurons work together during learning, memory, vision and movement. That could lead to better therapies for patients with brain-related diseases like dementia, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. The researchers use New Scale’s MPM Multi-Probe Micromanipulator System to position their miniature neural probes. M3-LS Linear Micro Stages in the MPM System allow multiple axes of precision motion in extremely small spaces.

Phaseview Smartscan: Ultrafast 3D Imaging

Phaseview Smartscan

Phaseview  SmartScan provides ultra fast Z-stacking capabilities for microscopy applications by remotely scanning image planes.

Z-scanning is achieved without moving sample stage or objective thus allowing vibration free and fast acquisition time only limited by camera performance.

As aberration free and diffraction limited optical devices, SmartScan optical Z-scanner provides precise and repeatable Z-steps.

SmartScan fits in between microscope turret and objective. SmartScan is compatible with all kind of microscopes: upright / inverted, BF, FL, SPIM, 2Photons, etc. and require no microscope modification or additional accessories. All types of objectives magnification / NA can be used,including high numerical aperture diiping lenses.

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Ocean Optics: Analyzing Lavender Oil from Flower to Fluid

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by Carly Burleson, Applications Engineer, and Joseph Bonvallet, Applications Engineer, Ocean Optics

The focus of this application note is the detection of adulteration in lavender essential oil using an attenuated total reflection infrared spectrometer, the Ocean Optics Ocean MZ5. Lavender oil is one of the best-selling oils and most adulterated [2]. The Ocean MZ5 focuses on a portion (1818-909 cm-1) of the fingerprint region (~1500-500 cm-1), which gives a unique spectrum for each compound [3]. Combining this region with the use of chemometrics, a powerful tool utilizing multivariate statistical analyses and data transformations, provides even greater analysis capabilities. It was determined that the limit of detection (LOD) of lavender in sweet almond oil is 6.74% and the LOD of sweet almond oil in lavender is 7.66%.

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New Application Note from Toptica: Time-resolved microscopy & spectroscopy using ASOPS


A new application note from Toptica describes how complex time-resolved measurements can be performed using ASOPS (asynchronous optical sampling). It gives detailed insight how a system consisting of four synchronized FemtoFiber lasers was used to realize a sophisticated pump-probe setup for time-resolved microscopy and spectroscopy.

Read and Download the Note here.

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