; OEM-Ready DPSS Lasers
Klastech-Karpushko Laser Technologies GmbH has launched the next generation of its diode-pumped solid-state
(DPSS) lasers. The company says that it has radically redeveloped the series of continuous-wave lasers to ensure
that they are truly OEM-ready. Major design changes have been made to the laser heads, further improving their
efficiency and ensuring that they exhibit extreme longevity in high-usage environments. The lasers achieve <1%
power stability over 24 h. Klastech-Karpushko also has developed electronics to complement the iMAT laser technology. The electronics provide remote monitoring and control features and come equipped with a graphical user
interface that allows customers to operate the laser and monitor its performance. The electronics are configured
to enable ongoing software and firmware upgrades.
Klastech-Karpushko Laser Technologies GmbH
CO2 Laser Optics ;
For the low-power lasers used in cutting fabrics, filter mats,
canvas, clothing, textiles and synthetics, Laser Research
Optics, a division of Meller Optics Inc., has released a line of
field-replacement CO2 optics. The optics meet OEM and ISO-
10110 specifications and are offered in 1⁄2- to 11⁄2-in.-diameter
sizes, with 1- to 25-in. focal lengths in 1⁄2-in. increments. Available from stock, they ship within 24 h to minimize laser production downtime. The optics are optimized for use at 10. 6 µm
and are suitable for Amada, Bystronic, Cincinnati, Mazak,
Mitsubishi, Prime, Strippit and Trumpf lasers. Mirrors and reflectors made from silicon, molybdenum and copper, from 2 to 10
mm thick, are available in 1⁄2- to 3-in. diameters.
Laser Research Optics
Hamamatsu Photonics has introduced the ORCA-Flash4.0
scientific CMOS camera. Featuring good quantum effi-
ciency, low noise, high resolution and fast readout, it de-
livers better signal-to-noise characteristics than electron-
multiplying CCDs, cooled CCDs and first-generation
scientific CMOS cameras, the company says. Its high
sensitivity means that one camera can accommodate a
variety of imaging needs, including superresolution
microscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence micros-
copy, live-cell green fluorescent protein imaging and high-speed calcium ion imaging. The
camera offers quantum efficiency values of >70% at 600 nm and 50% at 750 nm, and it
produces only 1.3 e– of read noise at 100 full-resolution frames per second. The combina-
tion of high quantum efficiency and low noise, in the absence of electron-multiplying CCD
multiplicative noise, means that images are no longer limited by the camera.
Integrated AFM Platform ;
Anasys Instruments Corp. has launched the afm+, a
fully integrated atomic force microscopy (AFM) platform
for research and analysis. Using thermal probe technology for nanoscale thermal analysis (nano-TA), the afm+
allows the user to obtain transition temperatures on any
local feature of a sample or to obtain a transition temperature map. It facilitates measurement of glass transition and melting temperatures. This mode also includes
scanning thermal microscopy, which allows the user to
map relative thermal conductivity and temperature differences across the sample. Transition temperature microscopy is used to quantify and map thermal transitions
in heterogeneous materials. It is a fully automated mode
in which an array of nano-TA measurements is rapidly
performed and each temperature ramp analyzed to
determine the transition temperature.
Anasys Instruments Corp.
Picosecond Pulsed Diode Laser ;
Edinburgh Instruments Ltd.’s Photonics Div.’s EPL 515, an addition to the EPL diode laser family, is a picosecond
pulsed diode laser that emits at a nominal 512-nm wavelength. Optimized for time-correlated single-photon-counting applications, the compact, robust, fully integrated system is preadjusted for an optimum pulse width of
150 ps at 10 MHz and features 10 preset repetition frequencies from 20 kHz to 20 MHz. The company says
that the EPL diode lasers provide a cost-effective and reliable alternative to nanosecond flashlamps and expensive mode-locked Ti:sapphire femtosecond lasers. The new model brings an additional wavelength into the
range, allowing more fluorescent dyes to be excited and extending the applications.
Edinburgh Instruments Ltd.
; Thermal Imaging Camera
For detection of carbon monoxide (CO), Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions offers the Flir GF346 thermal imaging camera. Able to remotely scan large areas rapidly and to pinpoint gas leaks in real time,
it monitors plants where it is difficult to reach components with contact measurement tools such as
gas sniffers. The camera enables fast detection of CO emissions and other toxic gases and vapors,
helping to ensure safety and protect the environment. It operates over a temperature range from ; 20
to 300 °C, and in high-sensitivity mode, the camera can detect even the smallest amounts of leaking
gas. Lightweight and robust, it offers an easy method for tracing leaks to their source by visualizing
them as an image.
Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions