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Oxford Photonics Day next week: Elliot Scientific exhibiting

QuAMP 2011 takes place at the University of Oxford in September

Next week, Elliot Scientific will be exhibiting at the Oxford Photonics Day. This free (registration required) event – with lunch and refreshments – is being held on Tuesday,October 8th in the University’s Department of Engineering Science.

The programme will include a broad range of presentations from researchers at the University of Oxford, and elsewhere, on subjects such as:

  • Adaptive optics for super-resolution imaging
  • Quantum tomography
  • Shaping light for imaging and manipulation
  • Plasmonic resonant holograms

We look forward to seeing you there.

QuAMP 2011 takes place at the University of Oxford in September





Countdown to Photonex 2014 – only 4 weeks to go!


Photonex2013_1Next month sees the opening of Photonex 2014 – the showcase light and imaging exhibition and conference. Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena is once again the venue, and Elliot Scientific will be there on Stand B10.

We will be displaying the Mad City Labs nanopositioning range, our own portfolio of Elliot|Martock micropositioning systems and accessories, and other piezo-driven systems from mechOnics.

Lasers from IPG Photonics, Integrated Optics, and FEMTOLASERS will be on show, along with Honeywell Sperian and NoIR Laser protective eyewear. In addition, the latest version of the popular laser-driven plasma light source from Energetiq will be demonstrated alongside Spatial Light Modulators and diffractive optics from Holoeye.

We look forward to welcoming you to our stand on October 15th or 16th, where you will also discover an exciting new range of products we are introducing.

For information about the Show, visit the Photonex website.

Next week: Photon 14 at Imperial College


Next week Elliot Scientific will be exhibiting at Photon 14, the largest optics and photonics conference in the UK and the seventh in the series of these biennial events.

This year Photon14 will be held at Imperial College London, and includes Optics and Photonics 2014 and QEP-21 conferences.

Imperial College

Photo courtesy of Amanda Slater

Topics covered at the conference will include:

  • Active and adaptive optics
  • Advances in imaging and displays
  • Advances in lasers
  • Advances in THz technology
  • Biophotonics
  • Computational photonics
  • Fibre optic sensors
  • Fibre optics and waveguides
  • Lighting design
  • Manufacturing of optics
  • Metamaterials
  • Nanophotonics and plasmonics
  • Nonlinear photonics
  • Optical and quantum metrology
  • Optical diagnostic in engineering
  • Optical environmental sensing
  • Optical vortices, polarization, coherence and non-Gaussian beams
  • Photonic energy harvesting
  • Photonic systems
  • Quantum coherent control
  • Quantum dots, nanocrystals, and low dimensional materials
  • Quantum information
  • Quantum optics
  • Silicon and carbon photonics
  • Structured optical materials and biomimetics
  • Trapping and manipulation
  • Ultrafast and attosecond optics

Elliot Scientific can be found on Stand 10 from September 1st to 4th.

Photon 14: 1st – 4th September, Imperial College, London








August 2014 Newsletter Out Now


August 2014 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific August newsletter is now available. In this issue Vescent’s videos show lock robustness, Mad City Labs aid microscopists along with Optical Tweezers from Elliot Scientific, and Lake Shore still has some Option Cards for its Model 340. Plus a whole lot more.

To view it in a browser, click here.

To read it magazine-style online, click here.

To download it as a PDF, click here.

Next week: Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI in San Diego


Next week, SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego will be hosting a conference stream entitled Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XI  that runs from Sunday August 17th until the 21st.

There will be twenty sessions in total, chaired by two of the leading researchers in the field and both champions of  Optical Tweezers: Kishan Dholakia of the University of St. Andrews, and Gabriel C. Spalding from the Illinois Wesleyan University. Topics covered will include:

  • Toward (Or In) the Quantum Limit of Opto-Mechanics
  • Beam Shaping and Aberration/Wavefront Correction
  • Helicity and Optical Angular Momentum
  • Optically Driven Microrheology and Mechanical Properties
  • Using the Photonic Toolbox to Study Cells and Their Organelles
  • Enhanced Sensitivity and Resolution of Optical Force Actuators
  • Single-Molecule Manipulation and Study
  • Photonic Devices for Optically Induced Forces
  • Near-Field Micromanipulation, Plasmonic, and Nanoparticle Trapping
  • Studies of Active Swimmers/Hydrodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics of Small Systems
  • Optical Manipulation of Matter through Gaseous Media
  • Optical Sorting, Optical Lab-on-a-Chip, and Microfluidics
  • Optically Bound Matter
  • Optofluidics and Optically Shaped Structures
  • Optically Manipulated Robotics and Novel Samples

Although Elliot Scientific will not be exhibiting at this event, we would still like to wish all conference attendees a good week.




ICE Box™: Integrated Control Electronics from Vescent Photonics


ICE_Angle_1-371x264Vescent Photonics has introduced ICE, a compact suite of digitally controlled electronics that will precisely drive and stabilise a broad range of semiconductor lasers and associated photonics tools.

The ICE system is based on the same high-performance D2 Series electronics that have established Vescent Photonics as the leader in laser control and stabilisation. It is fully compatible with all Vescent D2 modules and can be used to drive and control a complete stabilised-laser system; overseeing frequency and temperature, offset lock DBR, DFB, or External Cavity lasers.

Each ICE control board is commanded via a USB Virtual Communication Port programmed in a language such as LabVIEW™, MATLAB™, Python, Java, et al. An intuitive GUI can also be used to issue commands and control the experiment or, if installed in the ‘ICE Box’- a chassis that provides power and interface connections – a front-panel control is included.

For more information about this new product, or any other from Vescent Photonics, please contact us.

Elliot Scientific in San Jose next week for CLEO:Expo

Elliot Scientific at CLEO

From June 10th, Elliot Scientific will be showcasing our latest products and solutions at CLEO: Expo in San Jose, California.

Billed as the world’s most prestigious technical conference in the photonics industry, CLEO has over 300 companies from around the globe showing new products and demonstrating cutting-edge innovations. Elliot Scientific will be among them, promoting our ranges of precision positioning systems and optical trapping equipment.

The event will also feature:

  • Technology Playground
  • Market Focus
  • Technology Transfer
  • Power Lunch

Exposition: 10-12 June 2014 – we look forward to meeting you there on Booth 2120.