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PicoQuant presents the updated Taiko laser driver with more power and more diodes at Photonics West 2020

During the Photonics West 2020 exhibition, running from February 1-6, 2020 in San Francisco (CA, USA), PicoQuant will showcase the latest models and upgrades for its high-end Taiko PDL M1 picosecond pulsed laser driver, for the high-throughput MultiHarp 150 event timer and TCSPC unit as well as for the VisUV laser platform.
Thanks to a free firmware update, the Taiko PDL M1 laser driver is now capable to unleash the full power of its diodes. The newly introduced max. power mode of operation allows running all existing and new laser heads at the maximal pulse energy possible for any repetition rate setting. The selection of laser heads is expanded with modules emitting in the green (530, 560, and 595 nm) as well as a new generation of high powered multimode diodes covering the visible to near infrared range.

PicoQuant showcases the new Taiko PDL M1 at LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich During the LASER

During the LASER World of PHOTONICS trade fair taking place in Munich (Germany) from June 24 to 27, 2019, PicoQuant will present the latest additions to its photonics portfolio at booth #216, hall B2. Star of this year’s show is the new Taiko PDL M1, a smart picosecond pulsed laser driver. The Taiko PDL M1 grants the user full operational control over its picosecond pulsed laser heads. It allows reading out and adjusting many parameters on the fly either through a local one button interface or remotely via a PC. These include repetition rate, operation temperature, or even fully calibrated and linearized optical output power for more precise power setting with higher output levels than ever.Besides this highlight, PicoQuant will also showcase two further new developments: the FluoTime 250 and the MultiHarp 150. Being fully automated and featuring a versatile control software, the FluoTime 250 is a truly plug-and-play time-resolved spectrometer that is well suited for both novices and experts. The MultiHarp 150, with its smartly designed timing electronics, provides ultra short dead times at high sustained data throughput on 4 or 8 input channels for TCSPC and time tagging. 

Digital Surf and Image Metrology announce MountainsSPIP 8TM software
Specifically designed for Scanning Electron Microscope users

Besançon, France & Hørsholm, Denmark:
Since SPM specialists Image Metrology and Digital Surf joined forces in 2014, development teams from both companies have been working hard to create the next generation of SPM image analysis software. The new product line, named MountainsSPIP 8™, will be unveiled at the MRS Fall Exhibit in Boston on November 27-29, 2018 and made available to users in Q2 2019. Based on the industry-standard Mountains® platform, it will also include all the best SPIPTM interactivity and analytical tools.


​24. International Workshop on Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Super-resolution Microscopy in the Life Sciences

Picture of the winner of this year’s Student Award – André Dathe for his presentation on “Single-molecule FRET analysis of enzyme conformations and diffusion of nanostructures in a confocal ABELtrap” and Johan Tornmalm for his presentation on “Transient State Monitoring of Cellular Autofluorescence”.

EasyTau 2 – measure and analyze spectroscopy data in one package
The newly released software package provides now a fully integrated, comprehensive suite of fitting and analytical tools for time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy applications. With this upgrade, EasyTau 2 becomes a one-stop solution for both acquiring and analyzing data with PicoQuant’s fully automated, modular, and high-end FluoTime 300 spectrometer.
In addition to proving full control over all hardware components of the FluoTime 300, the new fitting module includes all functions that were previously offered by the stand-alone FluoFit Pro program. Both measurement and analysis of the results can be performed in a single, powerful yet user-friendly graphical environment with efficient data management.
Steady-state and time-resolved data can be subjected to basic arithmetic functions (such as addition, normalization, integration) and fitted to determine fluorescence lifetimes or anisotropy. The module offers global decay analysis, tail and iterative reconvolution fitting with non-linear error minimization as well as using various exponential decay (up to fifth order) or rate constant distribution models. The software also allows for rigorous error analysis (bootstrap) as well as generating presentation-ready numerical and graphical output.
MultiHarp 150 – new generation of timing electronics
As the world market leader in TCSPC timing electronics, PicoQuant is proud to announce the MultiHarp 150, its newest generation of bench-top event timers with USB 3.0 interface. Its outstanding data throughput allows to fully exploit the count rate limits of time-resolved single photon experiments. With 4 or 8 detector channels and a common sync input, the MultiHarp 150 is ideally suited for photon coincidence measurements in quantum optics. It is world’s first commercial event timer on the market, which is prepared to be used in a White Rabbit timing network. This feature allows two modules to be synchronized over ranges as high as tens of kilometers, making it the ideal time tagger for long distance quantum entanglement experiments.
16. European Short Course on Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy
In collaboration with Joseph R. Lakowicz from the Center of Fluorescence Spectroscopy (CFS) in Baltimore (USA), PicoQuant organizes this annual course on the “Principles and Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence. The aim of the 4 day event is to provide an in-depth introduction into fluorescence spectroscopy and its applications to scientific fields like life and materials science. This year, the course will be held from November 5 to 8, 2018 in Berlin, the capital city of Germany.
The target audience are researchers from academia and industry interested in using fluorescence spectroscopy methods. The course encompasses a series of lectures with accompanying practical sessions focusing on various instrumentation and software. The list of instructors include Joseph R. Lakowicz from CFS, Zygmunt “Karol” Gryczynski from the Texas Christian University, Forth Worth, USA, Rainer Erdmann, Managing Director of PicoQuant, and further senior scientists of PicoQuant, with extensive experience in time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The practical sessions will focus on steady-state and time-resolved measurements as well as data analysis, with instruments provided by Agilent and PicoQuant.
New microscope installed at the University of Leeds
In a joint effort by PicoQuant and JPK Instruments, a highly versatile microscope which combines Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) with Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) has been installed at the University of Leeds.
This integrated solution enables researchers to obtain structural information from biological samples with resolutions down to the molecular level while recording the fluorescence behavior of a wide variety of probes from the same sample area. Thanks to a seamless integration, the system can provide combined AFM and optical/FLIM information in a very simple and straightforward way.
The installed FLIMbee galvo scanner from PicoQuant provides researchers with high flexibility in scanning speeds, making it possible to not only accurately measure short-lived fluorescence decays but also longer lived species.
We are looking forward to see what fascinating results will be achieved with this system!

Caroline Berlage, a student at PicoQuant, wins Physik-Studienpreis by the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin

Caroline Berlage, a former student at PicoQuant, is one of this year’s winners of the prestigious Physik-Studienpreis awarded by the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin. Caroline studied Physics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and carried out the experimental work for her master’s thesis from 2016 to 2019 at PicoQuant as well as the laboratory of Prof. Oliver Benson. PicoQuant supported Caroline during her master studies with a “Deutschlandstipendium” scholarship. Upon hearing of the jury’s decision, Caroline said: “I’m very happy to receive this honor and I’m grateful to PicoQuant for their ongoing support during my studies. Working at PicoQuant for my master’s thesis gave me the opportunity to gain insights not only into scientific research but also to learn about industrial R&D.” The prizes were awarded on July 11, 2019 during an open ceremony at the Magnus-Haus in Berlin.

FluoTime 250 – the plug and play time-resolved spectrometer
PicoQuant unveils its latest luminescence spectrometer that makes acquiring time-resolved data as simple as plugging it in and start measuring.

During its 16th course on the “Principles and Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy” held in Berlin from November 5-8, 2018, PicoQuant presented the FluoTime 250 to the 40 attendees and invited lecturers. Lecturer Prof. Zygmunt “Karol” Gryczynski from the Texas Christian University (Texas, USA) was impressed with the device: “The new FluoTime 250 is the result of PicoQuant’s long standing experience: It provides an easy way to perform time-resolved studies with a compact and robust system.”
The design of the FluoTime 250 provides access to the world of time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy in a compact, fully automated device. Thanks to a series of comprehensive software wizards, even novice users can perform complex measurements such as fluorescence decays or time-resolved anisotropy studies in a very short time. Advanced users get full access to all instrument capabilities via a point-and-click interface or integrated scripting language.
By adding an optional monochromator, the FluoTime 250 can also measure time-resolved emission spectra (TRES).

ZEISS shakes hands with PicoQuant – new software integration
ZEISS has recently developed and released a Handshake plug-in for their ZEISS ZEN imaging software. This plug-in enables acquiring time-resolved data with PicoQuant’s LSM Upgrade Kit within the familiar ZEISS ZEN environment.
This integration provides you with a further way to optimize your Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) or Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) measurement workflow. The subsequent data analysis is performed employing the powerful and versatile tools provided by PicoQuant’s SymPhoTime 64 software package.
The ZEISS ZEN software integration allows setting up and controlling basic confocal, FLIM, FCS and FLCS measurements as well as more complex acquisition schemes such as multi-point FCS, time-series FLIM, or even 3D-FLIM images. All of these advanced acquisition modes can also be combined into a single experiment.
SMILE VIEW™ Map software
Specifically designed for Scanning Electron Microscope users
SMILE VIEW™ Map gives users access to a powerful set of features for visualizing, analyzing and reporting their data including:
• Super-fast 3D reconstruction of surface topography from one or more SEM images
• 3D visualization at any zoom level or angle plus surface metrology
• Image enhancement & colorization: from black and white to color in just a few clicks
• Characterization of surface roughness and texture in accordance with all the latest standards (ISO, JIS, ASME etc.)
• Easy report generation: turn data into accurate, visual analysis reports and export in standard file formats
• Intuitive, interactive workflow for increased throughput
SXR monochromator works 3 different ways
Direct detection CCD detectors and open microchannel plate intensifiers fit. Extreme ultraviolet hollow cathode and solid-anode electron impact light sources do too. They are useful for calibration and spectral test applications and set this instrument apart from others.
Do you have applications for analysis and diagnostics with high energy spectra? The vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) Model 248/310 grazing incidence monochromator fits the bill. Easily make spectral measurements around 13 nanometers and throughout the extreme vacuum ultraviolet and soft x-ray wavelength region. It is ideal for work from 10eV to more than 1000eV.
The Model 248/310 works in diverse laboratory applications. It features one meter focal length optics in a compact Rowland circle instrument. Grazing incidence angles deliver high reflective efficiency. Many diffraction gratings are available to optimize for your application.
UV-Vis and Fluorescence Spectrophotometers Now Offered
Through Eastern Applied Research Inc.
Buffalo, NY – Eastern Applied Research Inc is pleased to be a distributor of UV/Vis and Fluorescence Spectrophotometers from Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation. The complete line of Hitachi Spectrophotometers, with capabilities fit for teaching environments to research grade requirements, will be available throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
McPherson Appoints Titan Electro-Optics Exclusive Agent in P.R. China and Hong-Kong
McPherson, the leading manufacturer and fabricator of research grade spectrometers, has appointed Titan Electro-Optics Co., Ltd. as Exclusive Agent in P.R. China and Hong-Kong. Customers in these areas can expect an improved buying experience and simpler product selection/specification and importation. Bringing years of experience to the table, Titan EO has well organized, wide spread sales and support teams.
Titan EO’s respected Advanced Photonics team provides expert local service and assistance to customers in education and fundamental research, (clean) energy, efficient lighting and more. The Titan team will introduce new clients to McPherson’s spectroscopy equipment as well as service existing accounts. McPherson sales and engineering teams’ support the Titan agents in the field. During the remainder of 2018, several joint activities are planned. They include spectroscopy technique and instrumentation seminar(s) and support trips by McPherson sales and engineering groups to P.R. China.
Bobcat 640 cameras and Cheetah TE3 camera – from the SWIR to the LWIR realm
Xenics, Europe’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the SWIR to the LWIR realm, is pleased to announce a significant improvement in the quality of its detectors and resulting cameras.
With the goal of better serving its customers, Xenics has recently increased production capabilities, added extra clean room space, reviewed processing techniques and modernized equipment. First evidence of this improved and upgraded manufacturing process is the significant reduction of dark current in our standard InGaAs SWIR detectors.
The detectors with improved dark current performance will first be introduced in the Bobcat 640 cameras and Cheetah TE3 camera. Later on these detectors will find their way into all InGaAs SWIR cameras, including the vSWIR (visible enhanced short-wave infrared) models with extended response into the visible range.

PicoQuant together with two Nobel prize laureates and 230 scientists celebrate 25 years of single molecule science

From September 3 to 6, 2019, over 230 scientists from all over the world joined PicoQuant to celebrate the Workshop’s 25th anniversary in Berlin. The attendees, ranging from famous, well-established researchers to young, upcoming enthusiastic scientists, gathered to report on and discuss the latest developments in the field of Single Molecule Detection (SMD) and advanced microscopy techniques.
Among this year’s scientific highlights were the talks by Nobel prize laureates Stefan Hell and W.E. Moerner, which gave an in-depth review of the development of optical super-resolution microscopy in the last 30 years and where the field might be heading next. In his closing remarks, W.E: Moerner thanked attendees and organizers alike: “Thank you, Rainer and our friends at PicoQuant, for nurturing and enabling so much of this important field of science!”

3-gratings for an optical spectrum from 8 to 2000 eV
Shallow 1.5 degree grazing incidence angle improves efficiency for high energy photons, wavelengths below 5 nanometers. Instrument now optimal for energies low as 8 eV (150 nanometers wavelength) and high as 2000 eV (0.6 nanometers).
High energy optical spectroscopy has a new “power tool.” For water window imaging, HHG laser spectroscopy, x-ray plasma diagnostics, extreme ultraviolet lithography, optical characterization, metrology and calibration the McPherson Model 251MX delivers uncompromising performance. The Model 251MX is easy to use and delivers results over the wide 0.5 to 150 nanometer range simply by indexing diffraction gratings. See detailed specifications on the data sheet.
The McPherson Model 251MX is optimized for high energy photons including soft x-ray and extreme UV (EUVL). The Model 251MX does not scan with point detectors, it works exclusively with microchannel plate intensifiers (MCP) and/or direct detection CCD array detectors. Regardless of type, the detector is located on a flat focal plane. The aberration correction provides flat field and straight spectral lines ideal for planar detectors and good spectral resolution. “We see many different types of applications” states Erik Schoeffel, Sales Coordinator at McPherson. “Whether you have photoemission microscopy with light, low energy elements, a ultrafast high harmonic laser, a pulse probe experiment or need to diagnose a free electron laser or hot plasma, the aberration corrected 251MX quickly collect broad swaths of extreme ultraviolet.”
Taiko PDL M1 – Your Rhythm. Our Light.
Take full control over your pulsed picosecond light sources with PicoQuant recently released Taiko PDL M1 smart laser driver. This laser driver is tailor-made for the most demanding applications in life and material science, semiconductor diagnostic as well as laser-ranging.
The Taiko PDL M1 is able to monitor and control most laser head parameters such as optical output power or laser head temperature. It offers unmatched operational flexibility, including a wide range of repetition rates, burst patterns, continuous wave operation, and external triggering. Featuring both an intuitive local one button control scheme and a versatile remote user interface, operating a laser has never been more easy and enjoyable. The two interfaces are fully synchronized and can be used simultaneously.
Triform to Manufacture Fluid Cell Sheet Hydroforming Press for Aerospace Supplier H&R Parts Company
St. Louis, MO – Beckwood Press Company, a leading manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses and automation systems and the Triform line of precision forming equipment, has been awarded a contract by H&R Parts Company to manufacture a Triform model 24-5BD fluid cell sheet hydroforming press. With a 24”-diameter forming area and 5,000 PSI, the new Triform will support H&R’s aluminum aerospace part production.
During the fluid cell process, a pressurized rubber diaphragm filled with hydraulic oil shapes sheet material against a single tool. This evenly-distributed pressure results in net shape part production, virtually eliminating the need for hand-finishing. Due to the universal nature of the Triform diaphragm, which conforms to any shape within the forming chamber, the need for expensive mated male/female dies is eliminated. Additionally, multiple parts can be formed in a single cycle, as long as the tools and blanks fit within the forming area.
Beckwood Engineers Two 13-ton Servo-Driven Electro-Mechanical Presses
Beckwood Press Company, a leading manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses and automation systems and the Triform line of precision forming equipment, has been awarded a contract to manufacture two 13-ton servo-driven electro-mechanical presses for use by a leading footwear manufacturer in a trimming application.
Scheduled for delivery in February 2018, the twin 40” x 50” x 158” presses feature a monolithic frame, quick die clamps, 13” of stroke, and a knockout cylinder mounted inside the ram weldment to strip the part after it is trimmed. Using a Parker XFC electro-mechanical actuator to drive the main ram and a load cell to monitor force feedback, cycle times on these machines will average 2.5 seconds or less.
FocalSpec and Digital Surf team up to launch new FocalSpec Map software
Oulu, Finland & Besançon, France: Finnish high-tech company FocalSpec, specialized in devices for fast surface measurement and on-line testing of challenging materials and shapes, and Digital Surf, global provider of Mountains® surface analysis software solutions, have teamed up to release FocalSpec Map, a cutting-edge software package bringing a whole new set of tools to users of the Finnish company’s innovative Line Confocal Imaging (LCI) technology.
Customers in a wide range of industries (consumer and mobile electronics, plastics and medical devices to name but a few) now have the ability to visualize, analyze and report on measured surface data in greater depth than ever before.
Enhanced Specifications for the PT410
Cryomech is constantly working to improve the products they offer to you. They strive to innovate to meet customers’ needs and provide unique solutions for their specific applications. With that said, we are pleased to announce enhanced specifications for the PT410 Pulse Tube Cryorefrigerators.
Short video on the HyperFlux™ PRO Plus spectrometer
To demonstrate the sensitivity of the PRO Plus for making real-time process measurements or for reaction monitoring, we’ve performed a simple experiment where we add small quantities of propylene glycol to water and then monitor the mixture with a PRO Plus analyzer and MarqMetrix immersion probe.

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