Solution Science for Research and Industry

Laser Trapping – Optical Tweezers

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.

 


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.

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.

If you would like us to keep you up to date through our monthly email newsletters, then subscribe using this link.

View our privacy policy here


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.

 

 


Meet us at Focus on Microscopy 2019 from Sunday

The Focus on Microscopy (FOM2019) conference and exhibition begins this Sunday morning, April 14th, at the QEII Conference Centre in London, and runs for four long days.

FOM is an annual event that takes places in various countries around the world, presenting the latest innovations in optical microscopy and their application in biology, medicine and the material sciences. Topics will cover:

  • 3D optical imaging and image processing
  • Adaptive optics for microscopy
  • Coherent non-linear microscopies
  • Confocal and multiphoton-excitation microscopy
  • Correlated microscopies, light/electron
  • Developments in resolution and imaging
  • Fluorescence image, labelling and spectroscopy
  • Laser manipulation and tracking
  • Light sheet microscopy
  • OCT and holographic endoscopy
  • Phase/interference based microscopies
  • Raman spectroscopy imaging
  • Super-resolution nanoscopy
  • … and more

Elliot Scientific will be on stand 2 at the sold-out exhibition. We will be featuring Accurion active anti-vibration products; ultra-bright LED light sources from Prizmatix; and manipulators, stages and other microscopy accessories by Siskiyou.

Come and chat to us about our Optical Tweezer systems, digital holographic microscopes (DHM) from Lyncée Tec, and WITec confocal Raman imaging microscopes. We also offer Patch Clamp amplifiers manufactured by Tecella and the Kinetic Systems’ passive anti-vibration table and platform range, as well as HOLOEYE SLMs and CRAIC Technologies’ microanalysis systems.

For readers keen on acronyms and abbreviations, here a selection to get your teeth into: FCS, FLIM, FRAP, FRET, GSDIM, PALM, SHG, SIM, SOFI, STED, STORM, THG, and TIRF

 


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.

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.

If you would like us to keep you up to date through our monthly email newsletters, then subscribe using this link.

View our privacy policy here


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


Got the shakes? Our vibration isolation systems should calm things down.

Vibration noise is a nuisance for many precision applications in science and industry. Passing road, rail or air traffic, building resonances, co-workers,  air conditioning, lifts and other machinery and equipment all pose a threat to your sensitive instruments. This could be a high-powered microscope, a delicate micromachining system, a life science experiment, or a laser-based optical set-up.

Elliot Scientific offers a choice of both passive and active vibration isolation systems from leading manufacturers for your application. Whether you require a simple benchtop platform, an optical table, workstation, or custom system, we can help.

We also supply Hi-Fi audiophiles with affordable antivibration solutions for decoupling high-end turntables so as to get the most from their vinyl.

Click here for active systems from Accurion

Click here for passive systems from Kinetic Systems Inc.

Or, for advice on the which is the best solution for your application’s problem, please contact us.

 

 


Busy month for Optical Tweezers people

It’s been a busy month so far for our Optical Tweezers & Laser Trapping group, with over 50 research papers brought to the attention of the 500 plus members of the group on LinkedIn.

Meanwhile, it’s day 3 of the Optical Tweezers and Optical Manipulation conference (OTOM XV) taking place during SPIE’s Optics + Photonics conference and exhibition in San Diego.

Sessions and topics covered by leading researchers from around the world during this conference will include: Holography, Statistics, Detectors, Reactive Optical Matter, Optopfluidics, Microheology, Plasmonics, Micro-mechanics and more.

For more information about Elliot Scientific Optical Tweezers visit:

http://www.elliotscientific.com/Optical-Tweezers,

or to see how many labs are involved in with optical tweezers, click on the OT World Map…

…if you zoom in close enough, you might be able to spot us installing an optical tweezers system in South Korea this week too ☺


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…

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.

 

If you would like us to keep you up to date through our monthly email newsletters, then subscribe using this link.

View our privacy policy here


Kinetic Systems celebrates 50 years in the vibration control business

MK52 Negative-Stiffness Optical Table Isolation SystemBack in 1968 a new company was incorporated in Boston…

Kinetic Systems.

For fifty years the company has been at the forefront of vibration isolation and control, developing many state-of-the-art technologies used in vibration isolation, damping, and structural design thanks to continuous research into the effects of vibration on equipment and structures.

Kinetic Systems is a trusted name in academic, industrial, and government research facilities worldwide. The company offers the best in advanced vibration isolation and optical tables for metrology, interferometry, laser research, semiconductor manufacturing, and virtually any other application where external vibrations can adversely affect the operation of precision equipment.

If you have a vibration isolation problem then please contact us for further information.

 


On Thursday, Photonex Scotland opens in Edinburgh

Photonex Scotland opens in Edinburgh on Thursday, bringing together the UK’s top photonics technology suppliers, leading researchers and invited speakers for a very special one-day event on June 14th at the University of Edinburgh’s South Hall complex.

Elliot Scientific will be among the 25 companies dedicated to optics, biophotonics and imaging technology – allowing you to view the latest photonics solutions, optical components, instruments and systems, as well as a conference and tutorials.

Photonics is an enabling technology, so you can only really find out how a company can help you in your work by face-to-face contact. Elliot Scientific’s Solution Science is more than just a slogan, it’s our approach to providing the tools and equipment you need to get the results you want.

Come and talk to us about your project.


We’re at the SU2P Symposium in Glasgow today only

SU2P LogoElliot Scientific is exhibiting at the Ninth Annual SU2P Symposium today only, May 21st, at Strathclyde University, Glasgow.

The two-day Symposium, which concludes tomorrow, includes an exceptional list of speakers from around the world who will present leading edge research and industrial exploitation over a wide range of photonics and related topics. For example, sessions will discuss quantum photonics, optogenetics, and lasers in technology.

Attendees will enjoy the very best in new photonics, international networking, and have the opportunity to see some of the products Elliot Scientific offers from this afternoon. We look forward to seeing you there.


We’re @PhotonicsWest in San Francisco from tomorrow: Visit Elliot Scientific in Booth 4953

16022016241Tomorrow, Elliot Scientific will be exhibiting in Booth 4953 at Photonics West ( #spiephotonicswest ) where we will be demonstrating our renowned range of XYZ flexure stages and precision micro- and nano-positioning slides, our fully automated DAli 3 alignment system, and our optical trapping laser tweezer add-ons and upgrades for professional microscopes.

San Francisco’s Moscone Center is once again be the venue for this show and conference series organised by SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics.

The exhibition runs from January 30th to February 1st and more information can be found on the dedicated Photonics West 2018  website

Tweet a picture of our booth to @elliotsci and we’ll send the best photographer, as chosen by our panel of experts, an Elliot Scientific tee-shirt!

@elliotsci @PhotonicsWest #spiephotonicswest

 

 


Economic laser trapping is made possible with Elliot Scientific Optical Tweezers

Optical Tweezers have been around for a long time. Over 40 years have passed since Arthur Ashkin and his colleagues described the single-beam gradient force trap and sparked a realisation in many scientists that this novel instrument would be a powerful tool for use in the course of their research. However, the costs and complexities of building Optical Tweezers were often prohibitive.

Optical Tweezers Brochure 2016With the development of easy to use ‘straight out of the box’ systems by Elliot Scientific, Optical Tweezers have come down from the heights of esoteric research and can be found in many labs around the world. Real experiments carried out in one such lab can be found here.

Download our Optical Tweezers Brochure. It describes all the systems we offer; from open architecture kits to complete computer-controlled multiple spot trapping systems with force detection and more, or contact us to discuss details.


Halcyonics range of active vibration isolation systems by Accurion now available through Elliot Scientific

For over 20 years the Halcyonics brand name has been associated with market-leading Active Vibration Isolation solutions.

Designed and manufactured by Accurion, the company’s portfolio of platforms, workstations and modular support units can be found in labs throughout Europe and beyond. Now, Elliot Scientific brings this popular anti-vibration product range to the fore in the UK and Ireland.

Applications that can benefit from a Halcyonics system include: scanning probe microscopy, inverted optical microscopy, confocal microscopy, profilometry, nanoindentation, patch-clamp setups, laser experiments, ultra-precise weighing, micromanipulation such as IVF, Hi-Fi turntables and many more.

Accurion offer Benchtop, Workstation, and Heavy-duty Halcyonics systems to provide active electronic vibration isolation for sensitive equipment. This can range from a small instrument to a large apparatus that might weigh hundreds of kilos.

For more information and a video demo visit our Accurion pages, or contact us.


December 2017 Newsletter Out Now

December 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific December 2017 newsletter is now available: In this issue we examine the economic’s of laser trapping with Elliot Scientific Optical Tweezers, look at a hot performer from Neoptix – The NOMAD-Touch fibre-optic thermometer, see a video of how the DEMCON|kryoz CryoLab can measure Seebeck coefficients, and get the measure of the superior pitch adjuster screw sets from Kozak Micro

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.


November 2017 Newsletter Out Now

November 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific November newsletter is now available. In this issue this issue we reveal that: HOLOEYE has made their new driver standard across the PLUTO range of SLMs, EXFO has announced a new batch of test and measurement (T&M) instruments for the optical communications laboratory, OZ Optics is a great choice for economical high-quality fibre optic components, and Gamma Scientific has a new video demonstrating the capabilities of their SpectralLED light source.

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.


Enhanced SLM driver now standard from HOLOEYE Photonics

HOLOEYE‘s new enhanced electronics driver module is now being supplied with all PLUTO Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) panels, and other models such as LETO.

PLUTO-2
version
Wavelength
(nm)
Refl. (%) Phase Shift
(Max @ nm)
Notes
 -UV-043 350-420 90 2.8p @ 355 Dielectric Mirror
 -VIS-014 420-650 65 3.9p @ 530 Fast Response
 -VIS-016 420-650 67 6.7p @ 530 HR/Low Phase Flicker
 -VIS-020 530-640 75-80 8.2p @ 530 High Phase Shift
 -VIS-056 450-650 93-95 2.5p @ 530 Dielectric Mirror
 -NIR-011 420-1100 65-75 4.5p @ 530 Broadband/Fast Response
 -NIR-015 650-1100 65-73 4.4p @ 850 HR/Low Phase Flicker
 -NIR-002 1000-1100 62 2p @ 1064  
 -NIR-049 1000-1100 93 2p @ 1064 Dielectric Mirror
 -NIRO-023 1000-1400 74 4.1p @ 1400  
 -TELCO-013 1400-1700 80 3.5p @ 1550  

The PLUTO-2 is equipped with a dual-core processor, on-chip memory and features an HDMI interface for addressing phase functions, a USB connection for advanced calibrations, and a trigger sync output for synchronising with external devices – such as colour-switchable lasers. The driver’s faster addressing speed allows for a colour-field-sequential (CFS) mode at 180 Hz input frame rate with the matching new PLUTO-2 SLMs and, as a bonus, also offers a more stable phase response.

For more info regarding PLUTO-2 or other systems from HOLOEYE, please contact us.


Photonex opens tomorrow: Visit us on Stand B10

We are exhibiting at Photonex – the UK’s premier annual event dedicated to the science of light – from tomorrow.

On Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday the 12th, members of our team of engineers and scientists will be on hand to discuss Elliot Scientific’s Solution Science capabilities. We will also be demonstrating our world-famous Elliot|Martock  XYZ Flexure Stages and smooth backlash-free miniature slides, and you can also experience some of the many products we offer manufactured by the North American and European companies we represent.

So visit Stand B10 at Photonex in Coventry this week and discover how the equipment, systems and instruments we offer support the UK and Ireland’s scientific, research and industrial communities.

If you cannot make it to the show, have a look at our latest newsletter instead…

October 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific October newsletter is now available. In this issue we feature a number of products that we will be exhibiting at Photonex. Elliot|Martock flexure and miniature stages take pride of place alongside equipment from Energetiq Technologies, HOLOEYE Photonics, Mad City Labs, Vescent Photonics and many more…

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.

 

 


September 2017 Newsletter Out Now

September 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific September newsletter is now available. In this issue we looked forward to seeing Gamma Scientific’s tunable LED light source in a webinar demo, go through Andeen-Hagerling’s list of applications where capacitance measurement enables precision metrology, announce that Lake Shore’s temperature sensor data is now online, and see how diffraction limited circular beams are a Micro Laser Systems’ priority, plus Photonics Ireland, Photonex and more…

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.


Tomorrow, we’re at Photonics Ireland 2017 in Galway

Photonics Ireland is a biennial conference that this year is being held from tomorrow (13th September) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.

Elliot Scientific is exhibiting at this premier event for Photonics research in Ireland, and we will be demonstrating a broad range of products; both our own and from companies we represent – some exclusively – in the British Isles.

High profile national and international speakers will showcase some of their latest research and achievements in Photonics. Topics will include:

  • Biophotonics and Optical Sensing
  • Imaging
  • Laser-Materials and Laser-Plasma Interactions
  • Nanophotonics and Plasmonics
  • Optical Communications and Networks
  • Photonic Integration and Packaging
  • Photonic Devices and Photonic Materials
  • Quantum Optics and Technologies

 


Elliot Scientific is exhibiting at QuAMP 2017 next week

QuAMP – the International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics – is the première UK conference devoted to these areas of physics. Elliot Scientific is exhibiting on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 5th and 6th) next week. The event is being held at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel.

QuAMP covers quantum information and technology, quantum optics, ultra-cold matter, the interaction of light with molecules and plasmas. The format of the biennial conference comprises plenary talks by invited speakers as well as some contributed talks and posters.

Elliot Scientific will be showing products from Vescent Photonics, Lake Shore Cryotronics, and others.

 


August 2017 Newsletter Out Now

August 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific August newsletter is now available. In this issue we cover a new high incident power handling NIR PLUTO SLM panel from HOLOEYE and new Probe Station option kits from Lake Shore Cryotronics, reveal additional plug-in modules for EXFO’s latest LTB-8 fibre network test instrument and have a quick look at Kinetic Systems‘ anti-vibration equipment, plus QuAMP, Photonics Ireland, and more…

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.