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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.

 


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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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

 


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.

 


New High Brightness White Light Fibre Coupled Light Source from Prizmatix

The HB-FC-White high-brightness fibre-coupled light sources from Prizmatix are designed especially for OEM illumination applications in life science instrumentation, machine vision.

The HB-FC-White is a self-contained light source that includes all the necessary driver electronics and a thermal management system – no special controller box is required to operate the unit if used at the preset power.

  • Single chip long-life LED
  • High brightness cool-white light
  • High power from a small core fibre
  • Isolated TTL and analogue input
  • Optional fast TTL switching (200 ns)
  • Low optical noise
  • Optional remote control
  • Optional USB or RS-232 control
  • For OEMS:
    • Simple integration
    • I²C remote control protocol

Typical optical power from distal end of 1 m fibre:

Fibre Type Fibre Core Fibre NA Output Power
Polymer 1000 µm 0.63 460 mW
Polymer 500 µm 0.63 245 mW
Glass 250 µm 0.66 110 mW
Silica 50 µm 0.2 0.5 mW

For more information, 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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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.

 


May 2018 Newsletter Out Now

May 2018 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific May newsletter is now available. In this issue we appreciate the optogenetic products manufactured by Prizmatix, cover the intense broadband light sources designed by Energetiq, summarise linear translation stages from Siskiyou, and follow up on Fibrecryst and their high power laser systems. Plus the International Day of Light and SU2P Symposium

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March 2018 Newsletter Out Now

March 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific March newsletter is now available. In this issue we introduce the Hyperchromator from Mountain Photonics as an efficient tuneable broadband light source, Siskiyou Go Large with bigger IXF mounts in a choice of materials, Gamma Scientific push into the near infra-red with their latest RS-7 SpectralLED light source, and EXFO expand their range of benchtop test and measurement equipment. Plus Magnetism 2018 and Photonex London

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New high output tuneable light source… The Hyperchromator

An efficient monochromator utilising the high-brightness Energetiq EQ-99X LDLS Laser Driven Light Source (right) has been developed by Mountain Photonics, and was recently demonstrated on our booth at Photonics West.

The Hyperchromator uses an off-axis parabolic mirror to focus the broadband light generated by the small plasma spot of the LDLS™ directly onto a diffraction grating, and then off a second mirror to an exit port.

As no entrance slit is used, the optical efficiency of the system is very high – typically f/1.5 or f/2, depending on the required resolution or throughput. A white light bypass output is also available.

The output port has been designed to allow for a multitude of illumination or light coupling options. By using standard catalogue components, the Hyperchromator can be easily integrated into an application.

The Hyperchromator is controlled via USB/RS-232 and an intuitive GUI, with LabVIEW™ and other software libraries supported.

Existing owners of an Energetiq EQ-99X LDLS™ can add tuneability by purchasing the Hyperchromator unit alone.

Please contact us for further details, or download the datasheet.


New tuneable NIR LED source from Gamma Scientific

A new near infra-red tuneable light source has been developed by Gamma Scientific from their existing digitally programmable SpectralLED RS-7 LED system.

The RS-7-SWIR incorporates 9 shortwave infrared wavelengths for synthesis of commercially available light sources or a spectra of your own design.

The platform is easily adaptable for automated test systems and production line integration, with integrated optical feedback and temperature control to ensure rock-solid stability and consistent results.

For more information about this or other light sources and instrumentation Gamma Scientific manufacture, please contact us.


New UV laser source for CRAIC Technologies’ 20/30 PV™ Microspectrophotometer

The introduction of new UV laser sources will dramatically enhance the capabilities of the 20/30 PV™ microspectrophotometer from CRAIC Technologies in terms of both fluorescence and photoluminescence microspectroscopy.

The major application will be to serve as an intense excitation source for fluorescence and photoluminescence (PL) microspectroscopy. This will broaden the range of materials that can be caused to emit photons via a luminescent process.

The 20/30 PV™ microspectrophotometer combines the latest technologies to allow the user to see and measure UV-visible-NIR range transmission, absorbance, reflectance, emission and fluorescence spectra of sample areas smaller than a micron across. Thin film thickness and colour spaces can also be determined.

Scientists in the UK and Ireland involved in forensics, geology, gemology, biochemistry and spectroscopy among others, contact us now to discuss specifications and pricing.


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…

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Gamma Scientific’s tunable LED light source in webinar demo on September 12th

Gamma Scientifics' RS-7 SpectralLEd light sourceGamma Scientific, in conjunction with Laser Focus World magazine, are delivering an exciting Webinar presentation on Tuesday, September 12th that will provide in-depth product information, typical applications, and visual demonstrations of the flexible software and production interface capabilities that give the RS-7 SpectralLED™ Tunable LED Light Source so many advantages over traditional halogen and other LED light sources.

Register for the Webinar here.

The RS-7 SpectralLED™ delivers superior spectral resolution and accuracy with higher brightness and a broader colour gamut than any other currently available halogen or LED-based source for camera and image sensor calibration.

The RS-7 features 35 discrete LED channels, each having 16-bit resolution in intensity settings enabling it to be programmed to produce a uniform output that closely matches virtually any illuminant source in a single compact and versatile instrument.

SpectralLED™ can sweep through wavelengths to simulate a scanning monochromator, but with the advantage of no moving parts. In addition to superior spectral resolution and accuracy, the SpectralLED™ also offers about 10x higher brightness than any competitive product. This allows measurements over a much larger, linear dynamic range, and is sufficient to illuminate virtually any detector at levels up to saturation.

For more information, please contact us.

 


Image sensor tests to benefit from new drop-in tuneable LED source

A new turnkey, drop-in calibrated light source for custom and commercially available wafer level testing of CCD and CMOS sensors has been developed by Gamma Scientific from their existing digitally programmable, colour tuneable, RS-7 LED light source.

The new RS-7-4 can deliver virtually any arbitrary spectral power distribution of visible light over a wide range of output luminance. This makes it ideal for accurately characterising a detector’s dynamic range, uniformity, linearity and spectral responsivity.

The RS-7-4 outperforms rival systems due to highly stable DC drive current circuitry that varies the output luminance of manifold discrete LED channels, rather than using pulse width modulation (PWM). This is critical when testing high speed silicon detectors, which can easily time resolve PWM signals and thus give measurement errors.

For more information about this or other light sources and instrumentation Gamma Scientific manufacture, please contact us.


June 2017 Newsletter Out Now

June 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific June newsletter is now available. In this issue we discover that the latest Model 8600 Vibrating Sample Magnetometer from Lake Shore is the best yet, reveal the SLICE-QT temperature controller as launched by Vescent Photonics at CLEO, show how Gamma Scientific‘s new drop-in tuneable RS-7 LED light source benefits image sensor manufacturers, and look forward to LASER World of Photonics with a preview of our products that will be on display end of June, plus much more…

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April 2017 Newsletter Out Now

April 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific April newsletter is now available. In this issue we we get a bigger picture of Mad City Labs’ RM21™ microscope platform, find out how EXFO’s latest LTB-8 modular test system garnered industry praise, look forward to Lake Shore Cryotronics’ release of their new Model 155 MeasureReady™ precision I/V source, and discover how green laser light from IPG Photonics aids research, plus OPIE, INTERMAG and the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance events.

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February 2017 Newsletter Out Now

February 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific February newsletter is now available. In this issue, we look at all the new products we are now offering – Prizmatix’s UHP-M DuaLED UV-Visible light source for microscopy, dielectric mirrored Spatial Light Modulators from HOLOEYE, a measurement system from Gamma Scientific for Near Eye Displays,  and the latest from Energetiq – a tunable broadband plasma light source.

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New High Brightness Tunable Broadband Light Source

Energetiq‘s new Laser-Driven Tunable Light Source (LDTLS™) is a compact, fully integrated and highly stable tunable broadband light source based on their proven Laser-Driven Light Source (LDLS™) technology. The LDTLS™ utilises the EQ-77 LDLS™ source and features the highest brightness and output flux available in a tunable broadband product.

The water-cooled LDTLS™ offers an extremely long lifetime (approximately 9000 hours between bulb changes) for low cost of ownership. It has high stability, very low noise, and is coupled with a precision high-performance monochromator for accurate wavelength selection and repeatable light output across the range of 300 to 1100 nm.

The spectral resolution can be customised for application specific purposes and ranges in bandwidth from 1 to 10 nm. The fibre coupled output is both flexible and convenient for delivering wavelength selected light to precisely where it is needed. OEMs, please contact us for more information.

ldtls-originalApplications

  • Optical Testing
  • Process Monitoring and Control
  • VIS/NIR Spectroscopy
  • Scientific Research
  • Thin-Film Measurements
  • Materials Characterization

New DuaLED Light Engine for UV-Visible from Prizmatix

Prizmatix’s self-contained UHP-M is an ultra-high power UV-Visible light source designed to replace Metal-Halide and Mercury lamp systems in many microscopy and fluorescence applications.

Incorporating two independently controllable Prizmatix large-chip LEDs, the UHP-M delivers broadband white 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 for each channel
  • Fast TTL switching
  • Low optical noise
  • Long life (no lamp replacement)
  • Fanless operation
  • Remote control*
  • USB interface*

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


January 2017 Newsletter Out Now

January 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific January newsletter is now available. In this issue we cover the Elliot|Martock micropositioning systems we will be demonstrating at this month’s Photonex West exhibition in California, new illumination products from Gamma Scientific, and Fibercryst’s Taranis Amplifier System for boosting the power and energy output of an existing laser installation, plus a list of all the companies we represent here in the UK that will also be at PW17.

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New products from Gamma Scientific are deLUXe

rs7-1-1000The recently introduced SpectralLED™ tunable light source from Gamma Scientific combines the light of dozens of 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.

Now new SpectralLED™ models are available with either fibre-optic outputs for awkward to reach places requiring illumination, or as a 1 m integrating sphere system offering ultra-uniform output from a 300 mm diameter port.

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Gamma Scientific has also introduced new display measurement instrumentation equipped with powerful spectral data acquisition and analysis software that makes them ideal for calibrating any type of display…ned-with-bt-cropped

  • LEDs, LCDs & Plasmas
  • Near eye systems
  • VR headsets & helmet-mounted optics
  • Video walls
  • Projection screens, HUDs
  • …and more

For more details, visit our Gamma Scientific product pages or contact us for specific information.

 


November 2016 Newsletter Out Now

November 2016 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific November newsletter is now available. In this issue, Energetiq Technologies is all aglow with the launch of their latest and most powerful EQ-77 Laser Driven Light Source, Mad City Labs engineer a range of UHV-friendly piezo-driven nanopositioning stages, IPG Photonics release continuous wave Raman fibre lasers, and Neoptix determines if industrial processes are hot or not with Reflex.

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