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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!

 


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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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:

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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!

 

 


December 2018 newsletter now online

December 2018 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific December newsletter is now available. In this issue we start offering WITec confocal Raman imaging solutions within the UK and Ireland, Mad City Labs say Nano-ZL is ideal for high-speed multiwell plate imaging, Rugged Monitoring introduce multi-channel capability with new T301 module, and Seebeck coefficient measurement is explained in a video from DEMCON|kryoz, plus our winter holiday schedule.

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Elliot Scientific now representing Raman Imaging specialists WITec in the UK and Eire

Unique correlative analysis in one instrument: Raman/AFM, Raman/SNOM

Elliot Scientific has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with WITec GmbH, of Ulm in Germany, to distribute their range of award-winning Raman imaging instruments.

WITec is a market leading manufacturer of high-quality micro- and nano-analytical imaging equipment featuring confocal Raman microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM) techniques for the geoscience researcher, forensic scientist, pharmaceutical lab technician, semiconductor manufacturer, and food and drinks technologist.

The WITec product line of high-resolution SNOM, AFM and confocal Raman imaging solutions will be the responsibility of our Managing Director, Dr. Adrian Knowles.

Adrian is a qualified chemist and is well known within the spectroscopy community, especially within the field of Raman spectroscopy. His knowledge encompasses a wide range of technologies that include CCD cameras, fibre-optics, microscopy systems, Raman spectrometers and fluorimeters. His broad market visibility has been fundamental in the success and growth of several photonics and spectroscopy companies during his 20 year career.

Our team of scientists and engineers has nearly 30 years of experience in sales of light-based technologies to academia and industry. With expertise in key WITec application areas of forensics, geoscience, the life sciences, materials science, photonics and semiconductors, Elliot Scientific is the ideal partner for supporting WITec instruments within the UK and Ireland.

More information can be found on our website at www.elliotscientific.com/Raman-Imaging


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.

 

 


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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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.