Andor iStar Intensified sCMOS Camera
21 June 2016 - Andor has released its new iSar intensified sCMOS camera with a unique combination of nanosecond gating, high sensitivity, high dynamic range and superfast frame rate.
The new camera offers frame rates at least 50% faster than competing CCD or interline while offering intrinsically low noise floor. A better signal-to-noise ratio can be achieved with lower intensifier gain, yielding higher dynamic range. Download the brochure.
Spectroscopy System for Demonstration
We currently have the Andor Shamrock 193i spectrograph and iDUS detector available for demonstration and trial in your laboratory.
The Shamrock 193i 193mm focal length f/3.6 aperture spectrograph has been designed with research-grade performance, versatility and ease of use in mind. The "intelligent" motorised adaptive focusing allows access to the very best spectral resolution performance in any configuration with un-matched repeatability. Its f/3.6 aperture, combined with Andor's world-class range of ultra-sensitive UV-NIR and SWIR detectors, offers a "workhorse" spectroscopy platform with superb photon collection efficiency, ideal for challenging low-light micro-flourescence/Raman applications or routine spectral acquisitions.
The iDus spectroscopy CCD camera is designed with the lowest noise to provide an ultra sensitive and high dynamic range detector for use in a wide range of both conventional and demanding spectroscopic applications. iDus offer a wide range of different format sensors to optimise the detector for your specific application.
Please contact us to arrange a demonstration of this spectroscopy system in your laboratory.
Coherent Scientific Appointed Distributor For Andor Products
We are very pleased to announce that Coherent Scientific and Andor have entered a closer partnership with Coherent Scientific becoming sole distributor for Andor products in Australia and New Zealand.
The agreement, which takes effect 14 April 2016, recognises Coherent Scientific's strengths to supply and support scientific imaging systems and we look forward to working together to bring new and enabling technologies to the research community.
The founders of Andor, working in the Physics department of Queen's University, Belfast, found that the cameras then available were inadequate for their demanding applications, so developed their own. After using them in various imaging and spectroscopic applications they found they were being requested by researchers in otbher departments in Queens's and other universities. Andor was formed in 1989 to take advantage of these requirements.
Andor now manufactures a range of high-performance digital cameras for advanced imaging applications in the life sciences and physical sciences. Camera technologies included CCD, EMCCD and scientific CMOS. Andor's fast innovative pace, is one reason why they are the premier imaging company, with camera technology such as the new large format iXon888 EMCCD and the Zyla and Neo families of scientific CMOS cameras.
Andor also manufacture a range of Spinning Disc confocal microscopes, namely the Diskovery and Revolution systems, which together with the above imaging cameras and the Nikon Eclipse Ti-E inverted microscope provide high-speed, high-resolution confocal imaging platforms.
Andor's committment to imaging extends further into active illumination systems with their Mosaic, MicroPoint and FRAPPA technologies.
New Generation of CO Lasers
A new generation of carbon monoixde (CO) lasers from Coherent Inc promise enhanced processing characteristics for materials processing applications ranging from glass cutting and via drilling, to fractional skin resurfacing. While CO lasers were first developed decades ago, practical limitations in their lifetime and operating characteristics restricted them to a handful of niche low power laboratory applications. Now, technological breakthroughs at Coherent have yielded a new class of high power CO lasers with similar lifetime, reliability and maintenance characteristics as the company's highly regarded, slab discharge CO2 lasers, opening up a range of possible uses.
CO lasers output at a wavelength of approximately 5µm, as opposed to 10.6µm for CO2 lasers. Since some materials which transmit at the longer (CO2) wavelength absorb at 5µm, this leads to advantages in various materials processing applcations. For example, there is stronger absorption at 5µm in certain plastic films, polymers and water, as well as some dielectric materials and copper oxides used in printed circuit boards. This enables higher efficiency processing of these materials. Conversly, there is very low absorption at 5µm in chalcogenide fibres, which opens up the potential for fibre delivery (the lack of fibre delivery has limited CO2 lasers in certain applications). Additionally, the shorter wavelength of the CO laser focuses to a spot size that is two times smaller than that of a CO2 laser, enabling significant advantages in the production of smaller holes and features, as well as narrower kerf widths when cutting.
The first commercial CO laser available from Coherent is the J-3 5µm, which outputs over 200W. The high quality beam (M2 <1.1) produced by this laser allows all the benefits of smaller spot size to be fully realised.