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March 2019 newsletter now online

March 2019 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific March newsletter is now available. In this special life science issue we reveal how WITec’s new ParticleScout can help quickly identify and quantify, pollutants, unveil three new videos of products for microscopy and optogenetics from Prizmatix, announce that Siskiyou’s range of motorised manipulators are now available in the UK and Ireland, and show how Digital Holographic Microscopy from Lyncee Tec can help the research scientist, plus Magnetism 2019 in Leeds next month.

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Motorised Siskiyou micromanipulators for bioscience (and microelectronics)

For interaction with a microscope sample, the micromanipulator has been a staple of the biologists toolkit from the beginning of the 20th century.

Used for holding, injecting or cutting, the precision of the micromanipulator’s motion has always been paramount. So many leading researchers, including Dr Robert Chambers and Sir Andrew Huxley, worked on improving the mechanics of these systems over the years.

These early devices relied on adjustment of the individual axes by hand, but by the 1950’s De Fonbrune had developed a pneumatic micromanipulator that allowed all three axes to be operated via a joystick-like controller.

Depending on the application, researchers might need different movement ranges and resolutions, speeds and accuracy; so ranges of micromanipulators are available of different constructions to suit.

Siskiyou Corporation offer mechanical, hydraulic, and electronically-controlled motor adjusted systems.

The latter micromanipulators are fully CE-certified and are now on sale to UK and Irish researchers. Models available include:

MX1641 Series – ideal for introductory level research and training
This crossed roller micromanipulator uses spring-loaded lead screws on three axes to ensure drift-free operation, and a motorised probe axis delivering up to 0.1 µm movement resolution.

MX7600 Series – ideal for patch recording experiments
A fully motorised crossed roller bearing micromanipulator offering exceptionally smooth linear travel via its precision preloaded lead screws to ensure drift-free operation and up to 0.1 µm movement resolution.

MX7800 Series – ideal for multiple patch-recording experiments
This variant of MX7600 series uses a new folded Y-axis stage that narrows the footprint of the manipulator by half. This design enables the mounting of as many as six micromanipulators in a semi­circle from side to side around the front of a microscope.

For more information, please visit our Siskiyou Life Science Products, or contact us.

PS. Micromanipulators can also be useful for holding tools and probes while examining microelectronics under a microscope!

 


Using the most powerful single-chip LEDs available, Prizmatix LEDs are ideal for microscopy and optogenetics research

Prizmatix LEDs for Optogenetics and Fluorescence
  • High-power collimated and fibre-coupled LEDs
  • Wavelengths available from UV to Red
  • White Light and Multiple LED Sources

Prizmatix specialises in LED illumination systems for industrial applications, and science, especially in microscopy and optogenetics research.

The Prizmatix High Power and Ultra-High-Power (UHP) models are built using the most powerful single-chip LEDs available. These versatile illumination solutions offer:

Modularity
The modular systems deliver flexibility with a collimated beam. Fitted with a standard SM1 thread at the port, they can be fitted with a variety of accessories such as a fibre coupler adaptor, beam combiner, filter wheel, and more. The accessories are easy to fit and swap, so different set-ups only take minutes.

High efficiency
The fibre-coupled LED models have a highly efficient coupling that optimises the output such that these systems deliver roughly 1.5x more light when compared to Prizmatix LEDs used with a fibre adaptor. The LED controller is in-built to maximise its compactness.

Wide range of powers
High Power LED models are equipped with a 1 mm² single chip LED and can deliver up to 300 mW of optical power, while the UHP models have a 12 mm² single chip LED punching out up to 5 W of optical power. (As measured after the collimating optics)

Broad range of wavelengths
Choose from dozens of standard LEDs that operate at monochromatic wavelengths between 340 and 940 nm, and ‘white’ light models with a choice of spectral outputs. Deep UV and IR LEDs are also available on request.

Controls
Each of the extremely low-noise LED controllers has TTL and analogue input. In combination with a USB-control box, the LEDs can be controlled from a PC using µManager, LabView, Matlab or directly using HyperTerminal commands. An optional photodiode feedback loop enables the LEDs to be power stabilised.

Accessories
In addition to fibre coupling adaptors, collimators and filter wheels, custom-made fibres and fibre bundles with high numerical apertures of up to 0.63 are available. Optogenetics researchers can also order cannulae, rotary joints, and programmable signal generators for use in their experiments.

For more information, please visit our Prizmatix webpages or contact us.

 


Our email will be down this weekend

Due to essential maintenance, our computer systems will be offline from 5 pm GMT on Friday, March 1st 2019 until about  8:30 am GMT Monday, March 4th.

During this time, any email sent to Elliot Scientific will bounce, so please refrain from sending anything to us during this period.

The website will still be available, however any contact messages or requests for quotes will not be received.

Online orders could be delayed too, so it may be best to place these when we are back at our desks.

Our Social Media accounts are not affected, and messages via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook will let you know when all is up and running again.

Thank you for bearing with us…

The Elliot Scientific Team

 

 

 


February 2019 newsletter now online

February 2019 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific February newsletter is now available. In this issue we go in deep with Lyncee Tec’s R-Series of Digital Holographic Microscopes, welcome the return of OptiBlocks from Prizmatix to our webpages, announce a training capability for spectroscopists interested in Raman Imaging from WITec, and recommend fiber optic components manufactured by market leader OZ Optics.

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WITec Raman imaging system installed in our lab for training

We’ve just installed a WITec apyron Raman imaging system in our demonstration lab here in Harpenden. The apyron was developed by WITec to straddle the boundary between ease-of-use and the ultimate in conformal capability. As such, it is ideal for:

  • Labs with multiple users of varied skill levels and requirements
  • Raman newcomers requiring advanced imaging
  • Accomplished Raman spectroscopists seeking superior performance
  • Industrial labs doing repeat experiments within limited time periods

apyron sets the benchmark for automated Raman imaging systems; delivering excellent images with outstanding spectral and spatial resolution. The ultra-fast acquisition times and exceptional signal sensitivity, combined with automated system configurations and intuitive measurement procedures, make the award-winning apyron the instrument of choice for many labs.

Now you can have the chance to experience the system first-hand. We will be running Raman imaging workshops in the near future, so watch this space.

In the meantime, for more information please visit WITec Raman imaging systems or contact us.


We would like to say a big thank you…

We would like to say a big thank you to the people who visited our booth at Photonics West 2019 and met with Dr. Adrian Knowles in his new role as Elliot Scientific’s Managing Director. You certainly made it a successful event all round for both him and us.

Many visitors were impressed by our Elliot|Martock compact stage portfolio. These precision engineered dovetail slides are offered in a range of sizes and travels, delivering smooth backlash-free motion in X, XY, XZ, YZ or XYZ directions. Of particular interest to some were the miniature rotation stages.

Our Optical Tweezers demonstration videos are always attention grabbers, and a number of biophysicists and scientists from other disciplines stopped by to discuss how our cost-effective systems could help them in their projects. Researchers working within tight budgets were delighted to hear that Elliot Scientific laser trapping could be added to their existing (expensive) microscope without the need to buy a whole new instrument.

Elliot|Martock Gold Series Flexure Stages also proved of interest to many involved in light, optics and electronics due to their versatility. These world-renowned devices offer superior manipulation in three axes, and with minimal arcuate displacement they enable nanometre positioning for critical applications that include fiber launch and waveguide alignment. A comprehensive range of standard and customisable accessories are available too.

If you didn’t get to see us and our products at Photonics West, please visit our website or contact us for more information.

 

 


Photonics West opens today – Elliot Scientific in Booth 4660

The annual Photonics West group of exhibitions and conferences organised by SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics – opens today and runs till Thursday at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Elliot Scientific is exhibiting in Booth 4660 – look out for our banner (right) and new background (below).

 

We will be demonstrating our renowned range of XYZ flexure stages and precision micro- and nano-positioning slides, our fully automated DAli3 alignment system, as well as showing our Optical Tweezers add-on for professional microscopes.

More information can be found out about Photonics West 2019 here


January 2019 newsletter now online

January 2019 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific January newsletter is now available. In this issue we say hello to Digital Holographic Microscopy specialists Lyncée Tec as we expand our life science range of products that currently come from Accurion, CRAIC Technologies, Elliot Scientific, HOLOEYE, Kinetic Systems, Prizmatix, Siskiyou, Tecella, and WITec. We also look at Lake Shore’s new M91 FastHall controller and remind you of next month’s Photonics West.

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Elliot Scientific now representing Digital Holographic Microscopy company Lyncée Tec SA

Elliot Scientific has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Lyncée Tec SA, of Lausanne in Switzerland, to distribute and support their range of holographic microscopes based on the revolutionary patented Digital Holographic Microscope (DHM®) technology.

DHM® are 3D optical profilometers characterised by an unrivalled high measurement rate and a very short exposure time. These unique features make possible applications not conceivable using white light interferometers and confocal microscopes: 3D topography measurements in presence of environmental vibration or of intrinsic sample vibration, sample characterization in cryogenic and high temperature environments, large area screening, and analysis of the deformation dynamics of samples due to external stimuli such as temperature and pressure changes, light irradiance, mechanical force, or electromagnetic fields.

In life sciences, DHM® enables label-free non-invasive millisecond to multi-days continuous measurement of cells. Quantitative phase measurements provide quantitative information about cell morphology and intracellular content, cell proliferation and viability, trans-membrane ionic currents and water transport among others.

“We are excited to work with Elliot Scientific, an innovative company with a highly qualified staff that will provide the highest levels of service and knowledge. DHM® are complementary to Elliot’s product line.” said Dr. Yves Emery, CEO of Lyncée Tec. “This agreement enables us to provide high quality products, services, as well as scientific and technological support.”

More information can be found on the Elliot Scientific website at www.elliotscientific.com/Lyncee-Tec-Digital-Holographic-Microscopes

About Lyncée Tec SA

Founded in 2003, Lyncée Tec SA is the leading company in the field of Digital Holography Microscopy (DHM®). The company offers directly and through distribution and OEM partners a broad range of products covering sample holders and conditioning accessories, stand alone and camera-like DHM®, and software modules for efficient analysis of measurement data. Systems have been designed specifically both for R&D and for quality inspection. They are used in the fields of micro production, industrial metrology, MEMS, semi-conductor, micro-optics, watch industry, and cell imaging. For more information, please visit www.lynceetec.com


Elliot Scientific’s 2018 newsletters published in one volume

Elliot Scientific’s renowned monthly newsletters have been compiled into a single edition for the year 2018.

The 32-page volume can be:

Read online via Issuu

Downloaded from our website

or viewed by clicking here


Measuring Earth’s magnetic field strength and orientation

The new F71 Multi-axis teslameter from Lake Shore Cryotronics features in an excellent video on the YouTube channel of Brainiac75.

In the short film he demonstrates how to measure Earth’s magnetic field strength and orientation with the instrument’s sensitive 3-axis probe, proving how much easier it is to do so without using a compass, magnets or a protractor – you need to watch from the beginning to see this bit.

Brainiac75 features a lot of magnet/magnetism related material on his channel, so it’s well worth a look. It may get stuck on you, as we were quite drawn to it!