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July 6, 2018
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Scitech newly appointed distributor for Photon Etc

Scitech is proud to announce their recent appointment as official authorised distributors in Australia and New Zealand for Canadian-based suppliers Photon Etc.

Photon Etc. develops and manufactures an esteemed range of optical and photonic instrumentation including hyperspectral microscopes, infrared cameras and tunable filters. They are committed to providing their customers with innovative and reliable instruments, derived from the latest advances in photonics and optics. Their products are geared towards academic research and cutting-edge industrial applications in the fields of nanotechnology, life sciences, material analysis, industrial science, space and astronomy.

Their core technology is a continuously tunable filter, based on volume Bragg gratings, whilst they also offer leading platforms for Raman Imaging and Luminescence Microscopy Imaging. In addition to this, Photon Etc. delivers an affordable range of SWIR cameras, sensitive from 800nm to 2.9nm, integrating either InGaAs or HgCdTe Focal Plan Arrays. Photon Etc. uses their own ‘user-friendly’ software, PHySpec™, as a means of controlling all Photon Etc. devices and supported cameras.

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June 12, 2018
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High Content Screening

The Acquifer imaging machine is a fully automated microscopy system for small model organisms and cell-based screening applications. It is an easy-to-use, high speed screening  platform especially  for  time-lapse recording and  is  focused  on  high  stability,  easy  maintenance, maximum experiment reproducibility and long-term data transparency. Typical   applications include screening   of   zebrafish, drosophila, yeast, cells and 3D-cell cultures. The combination of a static microtiter plate and moving objectives, provides an optimized research platform for samples in agarose, gel and water. With optimized  temperature and CO2 control,  pressure  free  incubation,  linear  motor and laser  auto-focus, optimized images can be acquired  throughout  the  image acquisition process.

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June 6, 2018
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Nüvü EM N2 1024 – Customisable Back-Illuminated EMCCD Camera

The EM N2 1024 back-illuminated EMCCD camera by Nüvü Camēras is a fully customizable EMCCD camera for optimal performance and offers highest signal-to-noise ratio for photon-counting in low light imaging applications. Fields of application include fluorescence and bioluminescence, spectroscopy, super resolution, OEM and astronomy.

The EM N2 camera supports 3 standard EMCCD detector sizes (128 × 128, 512 × 512 and 1024 × 1024) in addition to custom sizes for specific requirements. The detector is cooled down to -110°C for applications that require extremely low thermal noise, especially during long exposures. A standard C-mount with built-in shutter for dark frame acquisition is also included.Frame rates exceed 16.7 fps in full frame at 20 MHz readout rate.

With the liquid nitrogen cooling system, the EM N2 camera reaches its prime performance thanks to Nüvü Camēras’ patented CCCP technology, allowing the very lowest clock-induced charge (CIC) levels. In turn, this makes greater EM gain attainable to achieve negligible sub-electron readout noise and highest horizontal charge transfer efficiency (CTE) for clearer images — without deformation due to pixel leaking. A software development kit (SDK) is also included for customizable programming in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10 and Linux.

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May 26, 2018
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Pixelink PL-D7512 – 12MP Industrial CMOS Camera

The Pixelink PL-D family of USB 3.0 cameras links together the benefits of high frame rate CMOS technology with the high speed data throughput of USB 3.0 technology. The PL-D7512 Colour Camera provides low noise images for outstanding value in a broad range of industrial applications including parts inspection, metrology, biometrics, PCB and flat panel display inspection and microscopy.

The PL-D7512 model of cameras are based on a Sony IMX253 CMOS global shutter sensor with a 1͘1” optical format. This camera features a 12MP (4096 x 3000) resolution imager capable of 35 fps at full resolution in 8-bit mode and 29 fps in 12-bit mode. It also provides the user the choice of 8-bit or 12-bit digitization and has a dynamic range of up to 70db. The external hardware trigger and 2 general-purpose outputs ensure users have the flexibility to synchronize the camera with their processes and illumination. The extensive built-in image processing possibilities (image pre-processing) result in outstanding image quality, less load on the system and higher performance.

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May 14, 2018
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MRI Compatible Electrophysiology Headstage from Blackrock Microsystems

The MRI Compatible Headstage from Blackrock Microsystems is a lightweight, 16 channel, single-unit, analogue recording headstage for small animals that fits in the bore with the animal. It is a headstage that offers users the ability to directly correlate neural activity with the hemodynamic changes present in awake and responsive subjects. The MRI headstage is ideal for a number of applications in the field of electrophysiology involving animals such as rodents, cats and primates.

The MRI headstage works by buffering and then proceeding to transmit neural signals through a coaxial ribbon cable to either a CerePlex A or a Front-end Amplifier (FEA). The subsequent data is then acquired by a CerePlex Direct or a Neural Signal Processor. It features a shielded ribbon cable for excellent noise immunity and is the only head-stage to record single units. The MRI headstage weighs in at an ultra-light 0.5 g and has dimensions of 10mm x 20mm x 2.3mm, and it’s compatible with the Utah Array or any other electrodes consisting of an Omnetics 24-pin female connector.

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May 9, 2018
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Value for money CoreAFM by Nanosurf

Nanosurf’s CoreAFM is a compact, cost effective research atomic force microscope that offers the combination of functionality and simplicity by integrating the key components of AFM to realise versatility and user friendliness. Consisting of a modern flexure-guided scanner, XYZ sample stage, camera, active vibration isolation table, and air-flow protection in a single all-in-one unit results in a complete, value for money AFM system for applications ranging from materials research to physics, life science and electrochemistry.

All the essential functions of modern AFM are integral components of the CoreAFM system, thus, only connecting the controller, power and USB is all that is needed for a fully operational CoreAFM. A real performer that is both powerful and versatile state-of-the-art electronics with 24-bit ADC and DAC results in high-resolution XYZ driving of the100×100×12 μm scanner and allows for low-noise force detection limited only by the cantilever.

The Nanosurf CoreAFM can be used as a stand alone or in a large stage operation. It has easy and quick cantilever exchange and alignment which reduces downtime and allows automated batch measurements and scripting interface for system integration.

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May 9, 2018
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DAGE IR-2000 Infrared Monochrome Video Camera

The IR 2000 CMOS real-time monochrome camera from DAGE-MTI represents the future for IR imaging. It is the new and improved digital version of the IR-1000, and it is fine-tuned for applications that require fast response and high sensitivity in both the visible and NIR (up to 1100nm). It is capable of operating in brightfield and fluorescence and is ideal for applications in the fields of microscopy and electrophysiology.

The IR-2000 has the capacity to function at 30 fps (includes adjustable frame rates and resolution) at a resolution of up 4K Ultra HD. It also offers users the ability to operate the camera in either an auto-mode or a manual mode in order to maximize user-defined customization. The intuitive IR-Capture software is user friendly and can save images at the click of a button. It also provides other on-screen tools such as overlays and measurements, whilst the digital zoom enables instant magnification for viewing small details in the live or captured images.

IR-2000 comes available in two models. These include a stand-alone configuration (camera + digital controller) with an HDMI output for direct connection to an HD (or Ultra HD) display OR a PC-ready configuration (camera head) connects to a user’s computer via USB 3.0. PC capability is subject to a range of performance requirements.

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April 30, 2018
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TeraHertz Imaging for Food Inspection

Terahertz (THz) imaging scanners by Terasense offer imaging sensors for the non-destructive analysis of the internal structure of objects making them ideal for applications in food inspection, agricultural inspection and detecting the contents of packages. THz imaging is far superior to infrared, visual, and X-ray inspection methods.

Food manufacturers can use a terahertz food scanner to check if a pick-and-place robotic arm has put all candy bars into a cardboard carton. Seeing through cardboard or PE packaging poses no problem to THz imagers as individual chocolate bars can be wrapped in any material, even metal-containing foil, which is impervious to THz rays.

Another good application is checking noodle packs to see if they contain a sachet with seasoning. A sachet must be placed inside every noodle pack. The THz food scanner can gently and quickly prompt the conveyor-line operator and indicate if a sachet is missing. Noodle containers are usually made of plastic or synthetic foam (polyfoam) which is transparent to THz waves.

Reports of insects and other foreign objects found in food are a serious cause of concern for consumers, food manufacturers, and retailers alike. THz imaging systems can easily detect a common housefly through several polyethylene bags, even if total thickness of such PET coating exceeds 20 mm.

Detecting metal or plastic debris inside food packaging can also be performed with THz imaging scanners

Terasense imaging systems reveal carcinogenic Mycotoxin fungus that contaminates peanuts, corn, hazelnuts, and other grain crops and oil plants. For instance, with the aid of THz imagers, industrial customers can detect any sign of infections such as Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, which exude the extremely dangerous carcinogen Aflatoxins B1.

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April 13, 2018
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Blackrock CerePlex Exilis- lightweight, wireless digital head stage for small animals

CerePlex Exilis from Blackrock Microsystems is a lightweight, wireless digital head stage that provides a platform for freely behaving small animal models in Neuroscience research. It offers unprecedented quality of neural data via wireless transmission while keeping an ultra-low weight and size, enabling many novel research paradigms.

The CerePlex Exilis offers up to 96 channels for recording, and it has full-bandwidth signal processing capabilities of 30 kS/s. Its dimensions are 25mm x 23mm x 14mm (L x W x H) and it weighs in at a mere 9.87 g, whilst it’s battery can last up to 2.5 hours. CerePlex Exilis has an operating range of 1m x 1m x 1m, and is compatible with any electrodes equipped with an Omnetics 36-pin female connector.It requires a Cerebus or CerePlex Direct data acquisition system from Blackrock Microsystems, to operate effectively.

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April 11, 2018
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Tera-4096 TeraHertz Imaging Camera by Terasense

The Tera-4096 terahertz imaging camera by Terasense is the largest standard THz imager model with a large 4096 pixels (64 x 64 array) imaging sensor. The camera comes with a pixel size of 1.5 x 1.5 mm, responsivity of 50 kV/W, noise equivalent power 1 nW/√Hz,  a certified frequency range 50 GHz – 700 GHz and is 5V USB powered making it the ideal terahertz imaging camera where high speed image acquisition rates of up to 5000 fps are required such as applications in research, industry and OEM manufacturers. There is an increasingly high interest in THz imaging technology in the following areas:-

Industrial: manufacturing process control, products and materials inspection, food inspection, hidden defects inspection, petrol and oil quality control and OEM applications. – Imaging: detecting the contents of packages or sealed documents. – Security: detection of concealed weapons and explosives, evaluation of biological threats, airline passenger screening. – Scientific: environmental sensing, pollution detection, plasma diagnostics, chemistry and biochemistry applications.

The detectors are fabricated with a GaAs high-mobility heterostructure in the standard semiconductor cycle using conventional optical lithography. The imaging sensor is manufactured on a single wafer. That process ensures high homogeneity and reproducibility of the plasmonic detector parameters (pixel-to-pixel deviation responsivity is within a 20- percent range). Each detector unit has a room-temperature responsivity up to 50 kV/W with read-out circuitry and noise-equivalent power of 1 nW/\sqrt{\rm{Hz}} in the frequency range 10 GHz — 1 THz. The detection mechanism is based on excitation of plasma oscillations in a two-dimensional electron system with subsequent rectification. The rectification takes place on special defects made in the electron system.

The camera is an active detecting devices and requires an external THz source. Terasense offer sub-terahertz wave sources based on IMPATT technology using 100 GHz compact IMPATT-diode generators with an output power up to 100 mW as an illumination source.

In addition to the standard THz camera models,Terasense also offer customized solutions to satisfy diverse configuration and geometry requirements. The tera-4096 terahertz camera is low cost, measures 16cm x16cm x 4cm and comes with a 1.5 year warranty.

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