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New laser heads 395/420nm

PicoQuant has announced an extension to its range of picosecond pulsed diode lasers with two new laser heads emitting at 395 nm and 420 nm, which brings the total number of different laser heads operating at wavelengths between 375 nm and 1990 nm to more than 50. The two new heads are suitable for exciting, for example, porphyrin or pthalocyanin containing samples in fluorescence microscopy or spectroscopy. The two laser heads are also available in a dual mode version which allows picosecond pulsed as well as continuous-wave operation and are compatible with the company's family of diode laser drivers.

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Millenia Edge

The Millennia Edge from Spectra Physics is a single frequency CW 532 nm lasers featuring low optical noise, high beam quality and pointing stability in a compact package. Equipped with a robust sealed optical cavity, long life laser diodes and being fully computer-controlled, the laser ensures true turnkey day-to-day operation to meet the most demanding noise-sensitive applications. Wth its single frequency output, the system complements the company’s Millennia Prime family of high power CW green lasers.

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LifeSpec II

The LifeSpec II is a compact, fully integrated, high-performance fluorescence lifetime spectrometer designed for use with high-repetition rate pulsed femtosecond, picosecond and supercontinuum lasers. The system is a fully-automated solution, combining hardware and software in a single package for fundamental research and routine laboratory applications. It is compatible with TCSPC techniques and enables digital counting to reduce background noise, real-time direct measurement and observation and the extraction of long and short-lifetimes with large and small amplitudes from a single measurement. Features include a temporally subtractive double monochromator which provides spectral resolution while eliminating the effect of temporal dispersion, advanced software for controlling the instrument and enabling ultra-fast data acquisition with data acquisition modes which range from fluorescence decay and time-resolved spectra through to automated time-resolved anisotropy measurements and temperature maps. The standard configuration is supplied with one detector but a configuration with two detectors can be specified on purchase. At least one picosecond pulsed diode laser, pulsed LED or Ti:Sapphire laser is required for operation.

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TEL-1000 MW

The TEL-1000 MW InSb high-performance infrared camera has been launched by Telops. The camera covers the 3.6 µm to 4.9 µm wavelength range and can be customised to cover an extended range from 1.5 µm to 5 µm. It can capture up to 200 frames per second at full frame (640 pixels × 512 pixels) and up to 600 frames per second when windowing (320 pixels × 512 pixels). It features patent-pending real-time processing and real-time temperature calibration. It can also be equipped with automatic exposure control in order to adjust the exposure time according to the scene’s dynamic temperature varions.

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The SpectroCam multispectral imaging camera from Ocean Thin Films is now available with new analysis software. The software has a simple, intuitive graphical interface that allows users to quickly perform several image processing and analysis functions. Results can be viewed as live image output or saved to a variety of image file formats. The software processing is a useful tool for extracting MSI information and can even create colourised NIR images. In addition, the analysis portion of the software provides live, quantitative information regarding image intensity as a function of spectral wavelength for a user-defined image or image cross section. Applications include water quality measurement, product screening, machine vision, medical imaging, surveillance and authentication.

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Hyper-Cam Weatherproof

Telops has introduced the new improved Hyper-Cam Weatherproof which provides high-performance hyperspectral imaging capabilities but with an upgraded weather­proof enclosure. It has an extended temperature range which covers –20°C to 40°C and can be stored at temperatures between –40°C and 70°C. The system is IP rated, with a high resistance to rain and dust, enabling users to benefit from high quality spectral imaging without worrying about changing environmental conditions during field measurements. The upgrade enables the system to be easily used in a number of applications including stand-off chemical detection and identification, military target signature analysis, flare measurement and leak detection.

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QCL IR Spectrometer

Block Engineering has announced the availability of the LaserBench spectrometer, a QCL-based infrared spectrometer which is fully compatible with standard FT-IR accessories. This instrument provides users access to the next-general QCL-based spectrometer with the added convenience and flexibility of using off-the-shelf FT-IR accessories. The system can be used to evaluate new applications of QCLs for non-contact, stand-off infrared spectroscopy, high-resolution infrared microscopy and analysis of traditionally difficult targets such as highly optically absorbing surfaces.

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CIA Advantage

Markes International is launching a new instrument, the CIA Advantage, for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in air and gas that is sampled using canisters, allowing chemists to analyse a wide range of analyte concentrations without the need for dilution, saving time and meeting an industry need for more flexible solutions. Due to the in-built sorbent tube functionality, the instrument has the capacity to analyse an extended range of compounds while improving workflow productivity. The system is fully compliant with the US Environmental Protection Agency Method TO-15, allowing users to have confidence in results. With cryogen-free operation, the instrument avoids the cost of liquid cryogen while the heated internal lines and purge steps combine to avoid the problem of carry-over, even with less volatile analytes. This negligible carry-over means that canister analysis can be undertaken on samples of unknown concentration, facilitating automation and increasing productivity. It is equipped to prevent ice formation, creating a robust system and minimising downtime.

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MAX-HM Series Extended

The Extrel MAX-HM series quadrupole mass spectrometers from Henniker Scientific are now available with extended mass range options to 16,000 amu. Each instrument features the quadrupole mass filter assembly, a precision machined 9.5 mm or 19 mm rod set with improved RF-only pre- and post-filter stages, stabilising rods and high-power generators that, in combination, deliver improved transmission, resolution and abundance sensitivity characteristics at high masses. They are all available as a fully UHV compatible bolt-on instrument or with application matched single or compound molecular beam inlet pressure reduction stages, addressing a wide range of atomic and molecular studies, including nano-cluster deposition, analysis of biomolecules, plasma polymerisation and SIMS/SNMS of polymeric materials. The range covers discreet upper mass limits of 500 amu, 1000 amu, 2000 amu, 4000 amu and 16,000 amu with a frequency specific and interchangeable RF generator that also allow a single instrument to operate over multiple mass ranges without the need for re-tuning.

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Supercontinuum powered FL

Horiba Scientific has incorporated the SuperK Extreme line of white-light lasers from NKT Photonics into its line of spectrofluorometers. Under the agreement, Horiba has fully integrated the lasers into its hardware and software and will sell the combined product as a fully supported system globally.

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RM21 Microscope

RM21 is a precision aligned microscope platform designed for improved user accessibility by Mad City Labs and distributed by Elliot Scientific. It offers microscopists the opportunity to develop flexible configuration instruments with ease. It is precision manufactured to allow easy alignment of microscopy and optical components within its three-dimensional space and all posts and fixturing points are referenced to a known datum. With a robust design, precision manufacturing and assembly, it is a suitable platform for a range of microscopy applications including super resolution microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and TIRF. It includes a precision platform and an axial motorised Z-axis suitable for lens positioning. An encoder option is also available.

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Genova Plus

The new Genova Plus life science UV/vis spectrophotometer is now available from Jenway. With dedicated modes for DNA/RNA analysis, pre-programmed methods for protein analysis plus standard spectrophotometer functions, the user-friendly system is optimised for applications in biochemistry, forensic science, genetics, biotechnology and other life science laboratories. Based on the Jenway 73 series, this new instrument incorporates a large graphical display built into the lid of the unit. Icon-driven software and soft-key navigation ensure fast analysis and ease of use. A large internal memory enables over 300 methods to be stored and, for added convenience, results and methods can be saved to a USB memory stick. In addition to dedicated modes for DNA/RNA analysis, protein assays, nucleic acid purity and optical density, the system can also be used as a standard spectrophotometer with measurement modes for photometrics, concentration, multi-wavelength, spectrum scanning, quantitation and kinetics.

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The new Spirit from Spectra Physics is a compact, industrial grade, ultrafast amplifier with software-adjustable repetition rates up to 1 MHz. The ultrafast laser provides high average power and fully-automated adjustability over a wide range of repetition rates from 50 kHz to 1 MHz. Featuring a rugged one-box design, the laser delivers ultrashort 400 fs pulse widths with high energy of 20 µJ per pulse.

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The Winescreener, a high-performance FT-NMR-based screening system that delivers rapid and cost-effective quantitative targeted and non-targeted statistical analyses of wine, is now available from Bruker. The system features a large number of parameters delivered within a single, completely automated, push-button analysis with minimal sample preparation. Quantification of 25 relevant components is delivered on one measurement and, in addition, both quality and safety are assessed by non-targeted screening. The transferability of the method, based on standard operation procedures, guarantees identical results across different analysis laboratories and, due to its self-learning nature, the solution will further increase its capabilities as new wine analyses are integrated on a global basis.

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