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Advantages of sub 50 femtosecond pulses in multiphoton microscopy 09 Mar

HÜBNER Photonics

One of the main advantages of using ultrafast femtosecond fiber lasers is the high peak power that they offer, which is a result of their ultra-short pulse duration. This high peak power makes these lasers ideal for a wide range of applications, including multiphoton microscopy. In this white paper we show that sub 50 fs pulse durations provide unprecedented multiphoton conversion efficiencies with intense peak powers.

Leveraging the High Speed Averaging Mode in Ocean SR2 Spectrometers 27 Sep 2022

Ocean Insight

High Speed Averaging Mode is a new function in Ocean Insight’s Ocean SR2 spectrometers that dramatically improves signal to noise ratio performance

Polymeric Systems Bring Clarity to Optical Applications 24 May 2022


Understand optical transmission, refractive indices, temperature and humidity testing, as well as the role of these measurements in choosing an effective adhesive for optical applications.

Choosing a Portable Raman Spectrometer 03 Mar

Wasatch Photonics

Portable Raman spectroscopy bridges the gap in performance, capability, and size between handheld and benchtop Raman. It enables new point-of-use applications in medicine & industry by providing high sensitivity and dependable answers in a compact, cost-effective footprint. But what should you look for when buying one? Learn the top 5 qualities.

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What is a Cobot? Bridging the Gap Between Robots and Humans 14 Mar

Knight Optical

As we reflect on history, we can observe numerous systems with resemblances to robots. In fact, some concepts of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are speculated to date back to ancient times. The resourceful Ancient Greeks, for instance, created sophisticated automated puppet theatres1 , while the Ancient Egyptians devised ingenious mechanical operating systems embodied in figurines2 . Fast-forwarding to the present era, significant progress has been made since the days of Ancient Greece and Egypt. Nevertheless, it is evident that the fundamental mechanics of some contemporary systems bear similarities to those of antiquity.

2 μm Laser: From Research to Industrial Applications 22 Nov 2022


Over the past few decades, lasers have become an increasingly crucial tool for multiple applications. By selecting right tool and optimizing it’s parameters professionals can cover wide range of different technological tasks with optimum efficiency.

Transmissive Optical Components for >100 kW CW Laser Systems 20 Sep 2022


Since the invention of the first laser in 1960, the constant development and expansion of laser technology has led to the production of the modern-day versions of high-power continuous-wave (CW) laser systems that are now being used in various industries.

Choosing the Right Camera Comes Down to the Application 24 Aug 2022

Teledyne Lumenera

There are many types of cables and connectors used with today’s industrial cameras. Determining what camera interface makes the most sense for a vision system comes down to several factors. This guide will explore and provide an understanding of the available interfaces within the industrial and scientific area scan camera market, along with each of their key features.

Modified SiC mirrors: low-loss solution from UV to Mid-IR. Galvo-scanning systems, laser material processing, sensing and other applications 16 Aug 2022


Every day, new applications for laser light emerge and current ones – from laser manufacturing and processing to LiDARs – are growing in both importance and market size. A considerable number of these applications use galvo scanning systems to control the laser beam and guide it to perform a specific task. Altechna now has a lowloss solution to do these tasks as efficiently as possible.

Interfacing the Vision Research S990 to the BitFlow Cyton-CXP frame grabber 04 Aug 2022


This document explains how to interface the Vision Research S990, a high speed camera running 4K x 2k at 1000 FPS, to the Cyton-CXP4.

A Better Way to Focus: Linear Motor Focusing Stage Provides Superior Alternative to Piezo Actuators 22 Mar 2022

Dover Motion

This white paper addresses high performance Z axis focusing for automated microscopy, along with some recent innovations in this space. Historically, piezo driven actuators have been used for these applications, but a Piezo actuator has very distinct limitations. Direct drive linear motor stages provide many advantages when compared to piezo nanopositioners. This whitepaper discusses both approaches to Z focusing motion.

Solving PCR Optical Filter Challenges for High Performance qPCR Instruments 17 Mar 2022

Iridian Spectral Technologies

qPCR instrument-related challenges can be daunting; burdened by tough deadlines and fast rollouts, budgets that offer little wiggle room, and expectations for flawless functionality. A combination of Iridian’s wavelength selective excitation, emission, and dichroic filters serving each channel of a qPCR instrument provide high sensitivity to these systems while preserving the necessary signal-to-noise ratio delivering “More Signal, with Less Background”

Sb to Mn Energy Transfer Revealed using Time-Resolved Emission Spectroscopy (TRES) 09 Mar 2022

Edinburgh Instruments

Zero-dimensional (0D) metal halide hybrids are an emerging class of semiconducting materials for optoelectronic applications including light-emitting diodes, lasers and photovoltaics.

VPH Gratings: Flexibility in Design 28 Feb 2022

Wasatch Photonics

Wasatch Photonics VPH gratings offer optical and instrument designers a tremendous amount of flexibility to optimize performance for a specific application. In this tech note, we’ll discuss the benefits of the various standard and patented grating design technologies at our disposal, and the general grating parameters we can control to meet your specific needs – for wavelengths spanning 300-2500 nm.

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