Components Systems Products

Sept. 1, 2009
The Nano-LPQ piezo nanopositioner claims to be the lowest profile high-speed XYZ nanopositioner available.

Fast, low-profile nanopositioner

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The Nano-LPQ piezo nanopositioner claims to be the lowest profile high-speed XYZ nanopositioner available. It targets 3D particle tracking and super-resolution microscopy applications and offers 75 × 75 × 50 micron travel with picometer position noise under closed-loop control. It also features equal millisecond response times in XYZ, an integrated sample holder, analog and digital control with scan synchronization, and compatibility with major image and automation software.

Mad City Labs, Madison, WI,

Picosecond pulsed green diode laser

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A 531 nm (green) picosecond pulsed diode laser head, the LDH-P-FA-530 was designed for time-resolved measurements such as fluorescence lifetime microscopy and spectroscopy. It can be triggered externally and thus synchronized with other equipment. The spliced, all-fiber setup promises a robust and completely maintenance-free topology–and, it’s compact.

PicoQuant GmbH, Berlin, Germany,

Low-throughput MALDI-TOF system

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The MassARRAY Compact 96 system targets low-throughput basic and clinical laboratories. A matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry-based nucleic acid analysis platform, it quantitatively measures genetic target material and its variations. It promises accuracy, sensitivity, and optimal cost per sample (as low as $.08 per genotype) in experiments involving fewer than 500 genetic targets.

Sequenom, Inc., San Diego, CA,

Light source for OCT

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Integral OCT is Femtolasers’ third generation compact ultra broadband coherent light source for applications including ultra high-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT), imaging of individual cells and sub-cellular structures, ultra high-speed 3D OCT, spectroscopic OCT, polarization-sensitive OCT, and spectrally encoded endoscopy. The device supports video rate 2D and 3D volume scans at ultra-high resolution through a combination of ultra-broad spectral bandwidth and highly polarized output from the single-mode fiber.

Femtolasers, Vienna, Austria,

Microscope lens positioning system

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A new lens positioning system, for both standard and inverted microscopes, is available in two versions: The nanoMIPOS 400 is designed for use with closed-loop electronics (which assures high repeatability) and the nanoMIPOS 400 CAP was developed for use in closed-loop systems. Both versions travel in open-loop operation up to 400 microns and in closed-loop operation to 320 microns. The positioner’s sub-nanometer resolution is limited only by the noise of the electronics.

piezosystem jena, Jena, Germany,

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