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November 2018 newsletter now online

November 2018 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific November newsletter is now available. In this issue a new digital micromirror device (DMD) is announced by Prizmatix for targeting light, and we also show off their UHP-M light source, both for microscopy; Lake Shore Cryotronics distributed cryogenic temperature sensing systems get a mention, along with IPG‘s ultrafast lasers; and we finish off with how capacitance measurement equipment from Andeen-Hagerling can help in a huge variety of research and industrial applications.

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Prizmatix impresses at Neuroscience 2018

Prizmatix has been wowing the crowds at Neuroscience 2018 in San Diego this week with their self-contained UHP-M, an ultra-high power UV & Visible light source for many microscopy applications.

Incorporating two independently controllable Prizmatix large-chip LEDs, the UHP-M delivers broadband white light from a single 55 W LED, and high power UV from a single 10 W LED operating at 365, 385 or 405 nm depending on model ordered. The UHP-M offers:

  • Optically isolated TTL & analogue inputs
  • Fast TTL switching
  • Low optical noise
  • Long life (no lamp replacement)
  • Fanless operation
  • Remote control*
  • USB interface*

* The UHP-M requires no external control if operating at full power. However, if power levels need to be adjusted, the optional remote control or USB interface will be required.

Prizmatix also announced the introduction of a digital micromirror device (DMD) module for delivering light to cellular and subcellular targets. Applications include: optogenetics, uncaging, photoactivation and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP).

The one megapixel DMD utilises a grid of 914 by 1140 independently controllable micromirrors to divert light to specific areas under study at over 1000 times per second.

This exciting new product offers almost spatial light modulator (SLM) performance without the need to use lasers, and we’ll know more about it soon.

There’s still time to visit Prizmatix in booth 3333 as Neuroscience 2018 continues until November 7th.

 


EXFO adds 100G and 400G test modules to LTB-8 test platform

EXFO’s LTB-8 is an award-winning versatile testing solution that addresses the many requirements found within today’s data networks. The LTB-8’s small format, ultra-powerful processor and highly intuitive interface gives the lab user an optimised instrument to run dedicated test applications simply and efficiently for technologies such as Ethernet, OTN, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH and more.

New plug-in modules have recently been released adding 100G and 400G test capabilities. Plug-in modules currently available are:

  • FTBx-1750 Power Meter Module
  • FTBx-2150 Fibre Optic Light Source
  • FTBx-2250 Broadband Source
  • FTBx-3500 Variable Attenuator
  • FTBx-5245 Optical Spectrum Analyser
  • FTBx-88×0 10G Multiservice module
  • FTBx-88260 100G Multiservice module
  • FTBx-88460 Power Blazer for 400G
  • FTBx-9150 Optical Switch
  • FTBx-9160 MEMS Optical Switch
  • FTBx-9600 Utility Module

Options

Please contact us for further information.


Photonex Europe Live! opens in Coventry tomorrow – Stand B10 for Elliot Scientific

Elliot Scientific returns to stand B10 at Photonex in Coventry tomorrow and Thursday, offering the chance to experience the quality of our internationally renowned Elliot|Martock range first hand.

Exported the world over, our XYZ flexure stages are used for alignment and fiber launch in research and production environments, while our portfolio of miniature translation and rotary stages are often incorporated into OEM products for the optical and semiconductor industries.

For the first time at Photonex we will have items from the Siskiyou catalogue, including their sought after IXF mirror mounts so you can discover how they deliver their exceptional pointing stability in thermally demanding situations.

Also new for 2018 are high speed lasers from IPG Photonics. Operating in the pico and femtosecond regimes, these green and IR lasers are ideal for scientific and medical research.

Finally, life scientists love our Prizmatix ultra high power LED light sources, so we thought you might like to see them too.

 


October 2018 newsletter now online

October 2018 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific October newsletter is now available. In this issue, how Elliot|Martock Flexure Stages support quantum research around the globe; Gamma Scientific forge ahead with an SWIR of their RS-7 SpectralLED light source; Siskiyou products for positioning; and Accurion‘s amazing vibration isolation systems. Plus chain mail and Photonex Live!

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RS-7 SpectralLED® Tuneable LED Light Source brochure updated

The multiple award winning SpectralLED® tuneable visible light sources from Gamma Scientific combine the output of nearly three dozen discrete LEDs – each having a different centre wavelength – to produce output that can be programmed to closely match virtually any illuminant source or the spectrum of any illuminant reflected by a target.

The RS-7-SWIR model is fitted with nine short-wave infrared wavelengths for synthesis of commercially available light sources, making it well-suited for calibration and testing of night vision sensors, remote sensing sensors and industrial monitoring equipment.

SpectraLED® Family of Tuneable Light Sources

  • RS-7-1 Benchtop
    75 mm output port & integral integrating sphere
  • RS-7-2 Large Output Port
    Exit ports ranging up to 600 mm
  • RS-7-3 Fiber Optic Output
    Fibre outputs with distal end collimation
  • RS-7-4 Wafer Probe
    Directly replaces lamp-based systems
  • RS-7-5 Baffle Output
    150 mm output with user adjustable f/number
  • RS-7-6 Wide Field of View
    75 mm output port with up to 180° field of view
  • RS-7-7 Light Booth
    CRI experimentation, analysis & optimisation
  • RS-7-SWIR
    900 to 1700 nm spectral range

Gamma Scientific have recently updated their brochure for the RS-7 range and you can read it here. Otherwise, contact us for more information.


Lake Shore’s new instrumentation on show at ICEC-ICMC from this afternoon

Lake Shore’s will be demonstrating some of their new instrumentation from today at the ICEC-ICMC Conference in Oxford. This next generation range of instruments offer higher levels of precision and more convenience for engineers, QC technicians, and lab researchers.

The Model 155 MeasureReady™ precision I/V source is ideal for demanding scientific applications requiring a precise low-noise supply of current or voltage, for example electronic material characterisation.

Lake Shore Model 155 Precision I/V Source Source

Two models are available; a DC only version, and the 155-AC model that can supply up to 1 W from DC to 100 kHz over a broad output range. These power supplies deliver a solid foundation for I/V curve, Hall effect, and other fundamental measurements.

The joint Lake Shore and Elliot Scientific team will also be happy to talk about the new F-series Teslameters, compatible Hall probes and 2Dex™ Hall sensors for challenging applications.

The F41 single-axis and F71 multi-axis teslameters work equally well on a benchtop or in a rack. The novel TiltView™ display makes them easy to operate even when mounted in the bottom of a rack. The designers have also ensured that probe swapping is quicker by incorporating a compact quick-release connector and integrated calibration data for all probes.

For more information, please contact us.


ICEC27-ICMC 2018 opens next week. Meet Lake Shore on the exhibition days.

The International Cryogenic Engineering (ICEC) and Materials (ICMC) Conferences are taking place in Oxford from September 3rd to the 7th.


ICEC27-ICMC 2018, to give it its correct name, also includes two days of exhibition for cryogenic related businesses. Accordingly, our good friends from Lake Shore Cryotronics will be flying in from Columbus, Ohio, to be on hand to talk about their extensive range of products for research in low temperature big and little physics, materials and superconductivity, cryobiology and more.

As Elliot Scientific supplies Lake Shore products within the UK and Ireland, our Dr Perry will also be on hand to assist with any enquiries on the Tuesday and Wednesday (5th & 6th September).

Both the conference and Lake Shore are celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. It is fifty years since ICEC was first held in this country, and also fifty years since Lake Shore manufactured its first product.

 


August 2018 newsletter now online…

August 2018 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific August newsletter is now available. In this issue an IPG laser, Lake Shore temperature sensors and Siskiyou IXF components are used in a breakthrough Los Alamos & University of New Mexico all optical cryocooler; microscopists can benefit from Elliot Scientific Optical Tweezers, the Mad City Labs RM21 platform, and microspectroscopy from CRAIC Technologies; plus ICEC27-ICMC 2018 in Oxford and more…

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From near absolute to over one thousand degrees – Lake Shore have a sensor to suit

With the UK’s record breaking hot weather continuing, we thought you might like to know that Lake Shore Cryotronics offer four types of sensor for temperature measurement:

Diodes
A diode temperature sensor is the general name for a class of semiconductor temperature sensors. They are based on the temperature dependence of the forward voltage drop across a p-n junction. The voltage change with temperature depends on the material. The most common is Silicon, but Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) and Gallium Aluminium Arsenide (GaAlAs) are also used.

Resistors
These sensors are based on the change of resistance with temperature, and can be classified as positive temperature coefficient (PTC) or negative temperature coefficient (NTC). Platinum RTDs are the best example of PTC resistance sensors.

Capacitors
Capacitors are also used for low temperatures, but usually not for temperature measurement. Capacitance temperature sensors have the advantage of being insensitive to magnetic fields, but they commonly experience calibration shifts after thermal cycling.

Thermocouples
Thermocouples are only useful where differential temperature measurements or low mass are the main consideration. They must be calibrated in-situ as the entire length of the wire contributes to the output voltage if it traverses a temperature gradient.

Each type sensor has its own particular advantages in terms of temperature range and response, as well as design features and drawbacks, so Elliot Scientific recommends contacting us to discuss your application and its requirements.

Lake Shore also do some nice instruments to go with their sensors!

 

 

 

 

 


Laser Focus World features Siskiyou IXF mounts on cover for Los Alamos/UNM story

The July issue of Laser Focus World magazine uses a photo of a YLF:Yb crystal mounted between two top-adjustable Siskiyou IXF monolithic tip/tilt flexure mounts to illustrate their feature story on an all-solid-state optical cryocooler developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico.

Solid-state optical refrigeration uses anti-Stokes fluorescence to cool macroscopic objects to cryogenic temperatures without the annoying vibrations typically introduced by mechanical cryocooling systems.

The crystal was excited by a low power linearly-polarised continuous-wave fibre laser by IPG Photonics, while the temperature was monitored with a calibrated DT-670-SD silicon diode from Lake Shore Cryotronics.

Coupling the laser light to the crystal was achieved by using an astigmatic Herriott cell, with the optics held in vacuum compatible Siskiyou IXF flexure mounts…  known for their excellent mechanical and thermal properties.

Researchers in the UK or Ireland wishing to replicate this experiment can contact us for research lasers from IPG Photonics, sensors and instrumentation from Lake Shore Cryotronics, and the full range of mounts and stages from Siskiyou. Elliot Scientific can also be approached to supply optics and custom machined parts as well.

The full paper describing the experiment can be read here on nature.com.

 

 

 

 

 


July 2018 Newsletter Out Now

July 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific July newsletter is now available. In this issue we congratulate Kinetic Systems for their 50 years of designing and manufacturing vibration isolation systems, get a new angle on Siskiyou Corporation’s range of tilt platforms, and look at NoIR’s trendy yet practical laser safety eyewear. Plus robust polarizers from CODIXX and more…

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