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March 2020 newsletter now online

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New products added across our website

These past few weeks have seen a rash of products released from our partners, so here is a quick summary of what’s new:

Gamma Scientific‘s latest SpectralLED® light source, the RS-7-2 VIS SWIR, features two light engines mounted onto a 500 mm integrating sphere with 150 mm output port to offer a spatial uniformity of >98% across an 8° field of view. The solid-state design incorporates 31 discrete visible wavelengths, and 10 shortwave infrared wavelengths, ranging from 380 to 1700 nm for synthesis of commercially available light sources. Custom wavelength options are also available. For more information, visit our Gamma Scientific SpectralLED® page.

Lyncée Tec have added to their digital holographic inspection microscope range with the launch of the R100 and R200 Industrial DHM® Systems. These compact and lightweight 3D optical profilometers with interferometric resolution acquire data instantaneously over the full field of view, and at camera frame rate by using a scannerless measurement technology unlike other optical profilometers.

  • Sample can be measured in transit
  • No moving parts
  • Unaffected by vibration
  • Characterises large areas fast for high throughput

For more information, visit our Lyncée Tec Industrial DHM® Systems page.

Siskiyou now offer a motorised version of their MMF mirror flipper mount. Designed to be used in layouts where optics or detectors need to be in place for one experiment, and then removed for another, the MMF.sd offers <50 µradian repeatability. Control of the mount position is by either wireless fob or TTL input. For more information, please visit our Siskiyou mirror mounts page.

Vescent has been developing low-SWaP fibre lasers for deployed applications, offering a variety of custom packaging options and control electronics to meet the most demanding requirements. Their latest offering is the FO-100 oscillator, a core piece of equipment for femtosecond oscillator and frequency comb experiments. Built around an Erbium-doped fibre, it can deliver sub-100 fs pulses with a bandwidth of over 40 nm, given an appropriate pump input and thermal control loops. For more information on this and related products, visit our Vescent Mode Locked Lasers page.

 


Gamma Scientific in finals for another Sapphire Award

Tonight, aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Gamma Scientific will be among the finalists in the Solid State Lighting Enabling Technologies and Test category at this year’s Sapphire Awards for their 940 LED-200 Series Goniometer.

The 940 LED-200 Series Goniometer is optimised for the precise measurements of angle dependent spatial radiation properties of LEDs and small luminaires. It can accommodate sample sizes up to 200 mm in diameter, and can be combined with a Gamma Scientific Spectroradiometer or UDT Series photometer.

With a spectroradiometer, the goniometer can measure luminous flux, colour coordinates and CRI; while a photometer connected goniometer can provide fast measurements of spatial light distribution.

Applications

  • Rapid, precise characterisation of of spatial light distribution
  • Accurate measurement of LED luminaires, lamps and modules
  • Models optimised for specific sample sizes
  • Conform with CIE, DIN and IES standards

For more information on the availability of this equipment for UK and Irish LED manufacturers and users, please contact us.

 


January 2020 newsletter now online

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Rugged Monitoring reveal new OEM fibre optic temperature sensor module

Rugged Monitoring has developed the O201 as a compact din-rail mounted standalone module for OEMs that can be easily installed in equipment that requires fibre optic temperature sensing.

Based on proven Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) technology, this multi-channel  temperature monitor is available in 2, 4, 6 or 8 channels. Up to thirty-two O201 units can be daisy-chained via Modbus, CANBUS or DNP3.0 to construct a 256 channel monitoring system.

Delivering higher accuracy (0.2 °C, relative) and 100% repeatability over a wide measurement range (-269 °C to +300 °C), the O201 monitor does not need calibration or curve matching compensation when measuring temperature in harsh conditions such as EMI, RFI, microwave and high voltage environments.

The O201 has a single ‘system fault’ relay, and an option for an integrated analogue card (up to 8 channels) for outputting measurements as current / voltage levels.

The module is compatible with a wide range of fibre optic temperature sensors from both Rugged Monitoring and other companies. For more information, please contact us.


November 2019 newsletter now online

The Elliot Scientific November 2019 Newsletter is now online

In this month’s issue…

Rugged Monitoring announce an addition to their range of fibre optic temperature monitors and that they’ve been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Gamma Scientific release an OEM version of their flagship SpectralLED light source, the tunable LED-based RS-7.

We introduce 3 new filters from the NoIR Laser range of protective eyewear for users working with lasers and other intense light sources.

…and round off with a look at Professor Wolfgang Drexler working on Optical Coherence Tomography at the Centre for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Vienna.

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Metamaterials webinar on Thursday sponsored by CRAIC Technologies – the Microspectroscopy People

CRAIC Technologies are sponsoring a webinar entitled Metamaterials Design and Characterization with UV–VIS–NIR Microspectroscopy. It is being hosted by PhysicsWorld, and takes place this Thursday, November 14th at 3pm GMT.

Dr Yash Shah

Briefly, Dr Yash Shah from the Xtreme Light Group at Glasgow University will talk about creating polarisation-insensitive plasmonic filters with narrow linewidths, and his novel experiments conducted with a microspectrophotometer to collect Stokes polarimetry measurements.

Dr Jon Burdett – lead applications scientist at CRAIC Technologies – will introduce CRAIC’s microspectrophotometers and advise on microspectrophotometer experiments.

Dr J. J. Burdett

You can register for the event by signing up here.

CRAIC microspectrophotometers can be viewed here on our website.


New EXFO products added…

We’ve added a variety of new and existing EXFO products for fibre test and measurement to our website:

  • CT440Optical Component Tester: A compact tester for fast and accurate characterisation of passive optical components
  • CTP10Component Test Platform: Evaluate passive components swiftly and efficiently
  • Optical Wave Expert – DWDM Channel Checker and OTDR: Integrated channel power validation and reflectometry characterisation
  • Optical XplorerThe Fibre Optic Multimeter: For link verification and embedded fault tracking
  • OSA20High Performance Optical Spectrum Analyser: The fastest optical spectrum analyser of its kind
  • T100S-HPHigh Power Tuneable Laser: The essential instrument for any optics lab

This is just a part of the range we offer. For more visit EXFO for Optical Networks or contact us for further information.

 


Tomorrow, Laser Focus World has a webinar on robotic AR/VR/MR metrology – register now!

For near-eye displays to reliably meet performance standards and ensure high levels of user ‘immersion’, there is a need for manufacturers to quantitatively characterise their products in research, product development and production quality assurance. However, proper display metrology that correlates to the human eye perception is very difficult to achieve.
In this new webinar from Laser Focus World, Richard l. Austin and Sonika Obheroi will explain how the Gamma Scientific NED-LMD systems make these measurements routine.
Gamma Scientific offer the world’s first ‘robotic eye’ high resolution goniometric system to completely characterise near-eye displays by truly emulating the human eye and conforming to the latest standards being developed by IEC and SID.

Richard L. Austin
President and Chief Technology Officer of Gamma Scientific

Sonika Obheroi
Gamma Scientific Product Manager

Next week we’re at EUCAS in Glasgow with Lake Shore Cryotronics

EUCAS logoThe European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS) comes to Glasgow next week, running from the 1st to the 5th of September.

Lake Shore Cryotronics are exhibiting from Monday the 2nd., and Elliot Scientific will be supporting them in demonstrating their range of sensors and instruments for cryogenic temperature measurement and control.

The conference and exhibition will be taking place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on Exhibition Way.

 


SPIE Optics + Photonics opens next week…

On Sunday the SPIE Optics + Photonics (#SPIEOpticsPhotonics) begins. With world-class speakers presenting on the latest research, plus conferences on Nanoscience – with a special shout out for Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XVI, Organic Photonics, Electronics and Optical Engineering, it promises to be an exciting event.

The following Tuesday, a three day expo opens featuring over 150 exhibitors, a number of whom we distribute for here in the UK and Ireland. So, if you’re in San Diego next week, do drop by and say hello to our friends at these booths:

If you’re not going to SPIE Optics + Photonics, then click on the above manufacturers to see their products on our website, or contact us for more information.

 


Modular fibre-optic temperature measurement via new Rugged Monitoring R501 (Video)

The Rugged Monitoring portfolio of fibre-optic temperature monitors continues to expand. Their latest addition, the R501 chassis, accepts a range of I/O modules for real-time monitoring of up to 256 fibre-optic and other sensors for measurement of temperature, pressure, AC current, AC voltage, DC current, DC voltage and more. It supports both rack mount and distributed installation.

It has been developed to offer an upgradeable and flexible solution for the changing needs of customers, and a short video presentation on it is below.

The fibre-optic enabled modules and other I/O modules use the Dinrail mount, and can be daisy chained to the central CPU module, communicating over CANBUS/MODBUS. Distributed modules can also be directly connected to a datalogger, for example CAN-Logger, while Rugged Connect is an advanced software package available for data visualisation, configuration and reporting.

Like other Rugged products, the R501 can be used in a wide range of applications. These are not limited to Aviation, Automotive, Cryogenic, Battery Bank/Racks, Medical, Semiconductor, Utility, and R&D. It’s wide measuring range (-271 °C to +300 °C), high precision and complete immunity to RFI, EMI, microwave radiation, and high voltages make it an obvious choice for temperature measurement in extreme conditions.

For more information, please contact us.


Tomorrow we’re are exhibiting at The Advanced Materials Show

On Wednesday and Thursday, July 10th & 11th,  we are in Telford for the combined Advanced Materials and Ceramics UK shows.

If you are attending, drop by our stand (1211) to talk to us about the broad range of equipment we offer for researchers in materials science.

From Digital Holographic Microscopes from Lyncée Tec and Confocal Raman Microscopes from WITec, to vibrating sample magnetometers and probe stations from Lake Shore Cryotronics. We can also offer vibration isolation solutions from Accurion and Kinetic Systems of Boston.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

 


June 2019 newsletter now online

June 2019 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific June 2019 Newsletter: In this issue we welcome nPoint and their range of piezo-actuated nanopositioning flexure stages, and Microscope Heaters who do what it says on their tin – heat microscopes with fanless incubation systems. We also announce that our Optical Tweezer systems now come with Microsoft’s Windows 10, and that EXFO have launched the Optical Xplorer – the world’s first OFM. Plus Laser World of Photonics in Munich next week and a whole host of materials science and microscopy trade shows coming up next month.

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nPoint Piezo Nanopositioners now available through Elliot Scientific

Elliot Scientific is pleased to announce that it has been selected by nPoint, Inc. to be the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor of their nanopositioning solutions.

nPoint specialises in piezo actuator driven flexure stages available in one, two or three axes of motion. In conjunction with their ultra-precision motion control scanners and controllers, users can achieve the highest levels of performance available in the marketplace. Typical application areas are:

Life Science / Microscopy – piezo stages provide accurate, fast, and repeatable motion that enable high-throughput data acquisition and processing for techniques such as super resolution microscopy, sample scanning, autofocus, and cell tracking.

Semiconductor / Data Storage – nanopositioners are used in production, development, and inspection of silicon wafers and hard disk recording heads.

Optics – high speed nanopositioners enable movement of an optic for a multitude of precision applications such as scanning, laser beam steering, phase shifting, dithering and focusing.
AFM / Materials Science – piezo stages have been traditionally used as closed-loop scanners for Atomic Force Microscopes, offering extremely low out-of-plane motion, no piezo drift, exceptional scanning linearity, and longer travel ranges.

Photonics Packaging / Communications – in fibre optics, nanopositioning stages have become critical for speedy and optimal alignment duties.

Elliot Scientific will be demonstrating nPoint technology at various UK trade events this year, and looks forward to enabling researchers and OEMs achieve significant benefits from incorporating nPoint systems within their applications.

Click here to see the range, or contact us for further information.

 

 


Raman Microscopy for Microparticle Analysis Webinar

Early next week, a webinar entitled Raman Microscopy for Microparticle Analysis: Find, Classify and Identify is being broadcast by WITec and Nature.

It takes place on Tuesday, June 4th at 16:00 BST, that is 08:00 PDT,  11:00 EDT, and 17:00 CEST.

Dr. David Steinmetz and Dr. Miriam Böhmler from WITec GmbH will give an introduction to Raman microscopy and automated particle analysis.

They will be followed by Dr. Natalia Ivleva, from TU Munich, who will present her work on microplastic pollution in environmental samples as an application example.

For more information and registration, please visit the webinar homepage.


Iridian filters now available from Elliot Scientific

The Iridian range of filters for imaging, fluorescence, Raman and optical spectroscopy is now available in the UK and Ireland through Elliot Scientific.

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Scores of filters designed for bandpass – both short and long, edge pass, narrow notch and dichroic mirrors have been added to our website.

They are used in many spectroscopic investigations such as flow and emission cytometry, excitation and emission fluorescence, and more. Imaging filters for use in machine vision applications are available too.

We can also advise on custom filters for very specific scientific applications, and welcome OEM enquiries.

Please contact us for details, or visit our Iridian pages.


Oxford Day of Photonics tomorrow: Elliot Scientific exhibiting EXFO equipment

Tomorrow, Elliot Scientific will be exhibiting EXFO test systems at the Oxford Day of Photonics. This free (registration required) event is being held on Wednesday,April 24th in the University’s Department of Engineering Science.

The programme will include a broad range of presentations from researchers at the University of Oxford, and elsewhere.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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New patch clamp amplifiers from Tecella

Since 2007 Tecella has supplied electrophysiology measurement systems that allow pharmaceutical researchers to rapidly screen drugs and medical compounds thereby accelerating and improving drug discovery.

Tecella offer a range of instruments for this fundamental technique and have recently introduced the Flex and Impulse multiple channel models.

Flex – 8 to 96 channels

The Flex is a multi-channel patch clamp amplifier configurable from 8 to 96 channels in 8 channel steps.

It offers a comprehensive range of standard and customisable features:

Standard features

  • Voltage clamp
  • Low noise integrated digitiser
  • Internal head stage per channel
  • Internal model cell per channel
  • USB interface
  • TecellaLab software
  • USB powered for 16 channels or less

Custom features

  • Whole Cell, Bilayer, or Electrochemistry models
  • Current clamp
  • Command voltage range
  • Command current range
  • Gain values
  • Series resistance compensation range
  • Capacitance compensation

Impulse – 8 to 64 channel MEA amplifier

Impulse is a new compact and low noise 64-channel microelectrode array amplifier designed to work with a variety of probes. A Windows DLL is available for custom development and OEM integration.

For more information, please contact us.


April 2019 newsletter now online

April 2019 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific April 2019 Newsletter: In this issue Gamma Scientific introduce a motorised iris for the RS-7 SpectralLED tuneable light source, Lake Shore manage to go low with calibrated Ruthenium Oxide temperature sensors for extreme cryogenic measurements, Siskiyou make mounts movable from above for those tricky optical breadboard set-ups, and we announce that our Applications section packed with useful information for scientists is now live, plus Focus on Microscopy 2019 in Westminster next week.

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IRIS is the new option for Gamma Scientific’s RS-7 LED Light Sources

Gamma Scientific has just announced the release of their RS‐7 IRIS option that allows easy adjustment of the light source’s output intensity.

This new enhancement for the SpectralLED® family of uniform intensity tunable light sources considerably increases the dynamic range of the light source. It is particularly useful for irradiance testing and characterisation of bare sensors.

The stepper motor controlled iris provides a variable output aperture which is fully integrated into the light source architecture. Available for both the visible and SWIR output models, the standard RS‐7 firmware includes aperture control and additional API commands.

About the SpectralLED®

The RS‐7 base platform incorporates the latest LED technology available. The RS‐7 VIS series contains 35 discrete wavelength LEDs, delivering a nearly continuous spectrum from 380 to 1000 nm. This allows for an unprecedented colour gamut and applications otherwise impossible for traditional halogen or LED light sources.

The SpectralLED® SWIR series employs LEDs at 9 discrete wavelengths from 900 to 1700 nm in the short‐wave infrared portion of the spectrum, providing a fully programmable spectra with highly uniform and stable output.

The standard configuration incorporates a controller and all software for full spectral calibration with spectral fitting, preset storage and real‐time optical feedback in a variety of measurement units.

USB drivers for Windows, OSX and Linux platforms are included, and external interface and control can be easily achieved via simple ASCII commands.  Custom configurations are also available.  For more information, please contact us or visit: https://www.elliotscientific.com/Gamma-Scientific-Light-Sources

 

 


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.

 


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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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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