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DUV-VIS Light Source

The EQ-1000 LDLSTM Laser-Driven Light Source from Energetiq Technology, Inc. (Woburn, MA) achieves extreme high brightness and power over a broad spectral range, from 170nm to beyond visible. The EQ-1000 can be configured for broad spectrum output in spectroscopy, optics testing, biological imaging, and general scientific research. The user can, through using the standard optical output interface, select narrow bands of light for specific applications. The fully integrated EQ-1000 provides broadband spectral optical output from a flexible optical interface.

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LED Backlighting

DDP (El Segundo, CA) has designed an LED backlighting solution that is compliant with night vision imaging system (NVIS) devices for aviation and military applications. The assembly uses two SMT LEDs to create a 28VDC PCB array that offers a true NVIS compatible Green Class A light source. The color combination provides the ideal mix of light for high and low ambient conditions. DDP LED solutions are available in standard or custom assemblies. The resulting device offers 50,000 hours of life.

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Ti:Sapphire Oscillator

High Q Laser (Bregenz, Austria) has released a femtosecond light source for multi-photon microscopy. The “femtoTRAIN IMAGING” is a compact, all-in-one, all-diode-pumped, Ti:Sapphire oscillator. The “femtoTRAIN IMAGING” offers light pulses with a duration of 100 fs at an average power of 200 mW. Its pulse width is optimized for minimal broadening in multi-photon microscope systems, and it is available at fixed center wavelengths of 790, 810, 850, or 870 nm. The “femtoTRAIN IMAGING” has a footprint of 53 cm by 20 cm.

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Glass Molding Press

The Glass Press (GP) from Dyna Technologies Inc. (Sanford, FL) is a fully enclosed, compact press designed for precision compression molding of optical elements. Applications include manufacturing of aspheric lenses, microfluidics, and array lenses. The press incorporates a vacuum and inert gas purging system for controlled environment processing. Programmable feedback controls provide high precision position, force, heating and cooling profiles throughout the molding process. The GP-5000 model utilizes a precision electric actuator capable of delivering up to 500 lbs. of thrust.

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Optical Tweezing Fiber Laser

Manlight (Lannion, France) and RPMC (O’Fallon, MO) have released a new fiber based OTS (Optical Tweezing Source) that features a narrow linewidth. The new OTS is a compact CW fiber laser that delivers output powers up to 20W with a near diffraction limited beam (M2

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Multi-Wavelength Laser Combiner

Agilent Technologies Inc., (Santa Clara, CA) offers a Multi-Wavelength Laser Combiner for microscopy applications. Developed to work with laser-based tools, the laser combiner is ideal for applications including epifluorescence, laser scanning confocal, and flow cytometry. The combiner provides 19 wavelength options that can be used in three-channel to eight-channel configurations. The Multi-Wavelength Laser Combiner gives new options to a wide variety of OEM and end-user applications for fluorescence microscopy.

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Optical Design Software

Lambda Research (Littleton, MA) introduces TracePro 5.0 software for optical modeling, design and analysis. TracePro 5.0 allows users to combine multiple light sources with various wavelength spectrums in one TracePro model and analyze numerous light source interactions in the same ray trace. A user-defined, customized surface source database can be built in TracePro 5.0. The user can specify particular light source wavelengths to be traced for all source types (surface, grid and file sources) providing the designer with greater modeling flexibility.

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