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New fibre-optic Test and Measurement equipment from EXFO

FTB-5235 Optical Spectrum Analyser
EXFO LogoThe new FTB-5235 Optical Spectrum Analyser from EXFO is a compact, entry-level optical spectrum analyser (OSA) ideal for a variety of field applications, including DWDM and CWDM network commissioning and troubleshooting.

With the largest screen in the industry, and an intuitive user interface, the FTB-5235 offers power and wavelength measurements, has a WDM and drift mode, is capable of OSNR testing (IEC 61280-2-9) and also offline post-processing.

PPM-350D PON Power Meter
EXFO’s new PPM-350D has been designed to fulfil the field technicians need to know what’s what. As communications service providers (CSPs) deploy next-gen technologies onto legacy passive optical networks (PON), by overlaying new wavelengths on existing lines, it is necessary to quickly determine what’s being squirted down a fibre. The PPM-350D PON Power Meter automatically detects the PON technology in use and adapts its test parameters to match.

The PPM-350D is compatible with GPON and EPON, can handle single- and multi-layer PON, has a pass-through mode for ONT/ONU verification, and supports 10G. It also comes with a smart App, Bluetooth and USB.

OSICS Multifunction Test Platform
EXFO has rebadged OSICS multifunction modular platform following its recent acquisition of Yenista Optics. The instrument has the widest selection of plug-in modules, making it the most flexible platform for DWDM (Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing) system evaluation and fibre optic component testing.

Up to 8 modules can be mixed and matched in a single OSICS mainframe. The range includes: compact tuneable lasers, a compact transmission laser, broadband light sources, and passive optical functions such as high-power optical attenuators and variable back reflectors.

Please contact us for more information about these or other test and measurement instruments from EXFO.

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The Model 155 MeasureReady™ power source offers unprecedented simplicity and intuitive operation as video shows

Lake Shore’s new Model 155 MeasureReady™ precision I/V source is ideal for demanding scientific applications requiring a precise low-noise supply of current or voltage, for example electronic material characterisation. Supplying 1 W maximum from DC to 100 kHz over a broad output range, these power supplies deliver a solid foundation for I/V curve, Hall effect, and other fundamental measurements.

The clutter-free touch display with a unique TiltView™ screen presents a natural and engaging user interface. No confusing buttons or long learning curves make the Model 155 as easy to use as a smartphone. With similar connectivity – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, plus LAN – it offers convenient remote operation via LabVIEW™, a custom PC interface, or mobile app.

Features

  • Bipolar, 4-quadrant I/V source
  • DC and AC modes supported up to 100 kHz
  • Full scale ranges from 10 mV to 100 V (1 µA to 100 mA)
  • 0.001% programming resolution
  • Low peak to peak noise: from 1 µV at 10 mV full scale
  • Manual and autorange function
  • Smartphone-based touchscreen user interface

Please contact us for more information.


February 2018 Newsletter Out Now

September 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific February newsletter is now available. In this issue we welcome Accurion and their Halcyonics range of vibration isolation systems, take a look at Siskiyou’s probe manipulators for the life scientist interested in electrophysiology, survey the temperature measurement and control equipment from Lake Shore Cryotronics, and announce two new handheld instruments from EXFO for analysing optical powers and frequencies in fibre networks.

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Halcyonics range of active vibration isolation systems by Accurion now available through Elliot Scientific

For over 20 years the Halcyonics brand name has been associated with market-leading Active Vibration Isolation solutions.

Designed and manufactured by Accurion, the company’s portfolio of platforms, workstations and modular support units can be found in labs throughout Europe and beyond. Now, Elliot Scientific brings this popular anti-vibration product range to the fore in the UK and Ireland.

Applications that can benefit from a Halcyonics system include: scanning probe microscopy, inverted optical microscopy, confocal microscopy, profilometry, nanoindentation, patch-clamp setups, laser experiments, ultra-precise weighing, micromanipulation such as IVF, Hi-Fi turntables and many more.

Accurion offer Benchtop, Workstation, and Heavy-duty Halcyonics systems to provide active electronic vibration isolation for sensitive equipment. This can range from a small instrument to a large apparatus that might weigh hundreds of kilos.

For more information and a video demo visit our Accurion pages, or contact us.


January 2018 Newsletter Out Now

September 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific January newsletter is now available. In this issue we introduce Siskiyou and their IXF range of flexure mirror mounts, reveal CRAIC Technologies has new UV laser sources for their microspectrophotometers, get focus on the Nano-ZL high speed stage from Mad City Labs, and applaud Lake Shore Cryotronics on winning an R&D 100 award for their Model 8600 series Vibrating Sample Magnetometer. Plus Photonics West and more…

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The NOMAD-Touch temperature measurement system is a hot performer from Neoptix

NOMAD-Touch: A single-channel fibre-optic thermometer offers impressive versatility from a rechargeable touchscreen device. This single-channel fibre-optic thermometer allows you to freely move from one area to another to measure temperatures at various critical sensing points in medical, microwave, radio frequency, high voltage, aerospace and military applications.

NOMAD-Touch™ is perfect wherever you need immunity to electromagnetic fields, where conventional metallic sensors cannot be used. Please contact us for more information.

 


December 2017 Newsletter Out Now

December 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific December 2017 newsletter is now available: In this issue we examine the economic’s of laser trapping with Elliot Scientific Optical Tweezers, look at a hot performer from Neoptix – The NOMAD-Touch fibre-optic thermometer, see a video of how the DEMCON|kryoz CryoLab can measure Seebeck coefficients, and get the measure of the superior pitch adjuster screw sets from Kozak Micro

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New UV laser source for CRAIC Technologies’ 20/30 PV™ Microspectrophotometer

The introduction of new UV laser sources will dramatically enhance the capabilities of the 20/30 PV™ microspectrophotometer from CRAIC Technologies in terms of both fluorescence and photoluminescence microspectroscopy.

The major application will be to serve as an intense excitation source for fluorescence and photoluminescence (PL) microspectroscopy. This will broaden the range of materials that can be caused to emit photons via a luminescent process.

The 20/30 PV™ microspectrophotometer combines the latest technologies to allow the user to see and measure UV-visible-NIR range transmission, absorbance, reflectance, emission and fluorescence spectra of sample areas smaller than a micron across. Thin film thickness and colour spaces can also be determined.

Scientists in the UK and Ireland involved in forensics, geology, gemology, biochemistry and spectroscopy among others, contact us now to discuss specifications and pricing.


November 2017 Newsletter Out Now

November 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific November newsletter is now available. In this issue this issue we reveal that: HOLOEYE has made their new driver standard across the PLUTO range of SLMs, EXFO has announced a new batch of test and measurement (T&M) instruments for the optical communications laboratory, OZ Optics is a great choice for economical high-quality fibre optic components, and Gamma Scientific has a new video demonstrating the capabilities of their SpectralLED light source.

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New benchtop T&M instruments from EXFO

EXFO offer a comprehensive range of benchtop and portable test instruments, delivering top performance and pinpoint accuracy for the optical communications laboratory. The range has recently been expanded with the addition of several new instruments:

 OSA High Performance Optical Spectrum Analyser
  • Wavelength range of 1250-1700 nm
  • Resolution: 20 pm (native) & adjustable over 50-2000 pm
  • Sweep speed up to 2000 nm/s
  • Accuracy: ±10 pm over 1500-1640 nm & ±25 pm over 1250-1700 nm
  • Power level accuracy of ±0.4 dB
  • Built-in calibration source
  • Intuitive user interface with 12″ touchscreen
  • 8 application-oriented analysis modes and a full suite of analysis tools

EXFO OSA High Performance Optical Spectrum Analyser

OSA

 XT Series Automatic/Manual Tuneable Filters with Fixed or Adjustable Bandwidth
XTA-50 Automatic Tuneable Filter with Adjustable Bandwidth

XTA-50 / XFA

  • Adjustable bandwidth flat-top filter
  • Ultra-sharp filter edges
  • High isolation
  • 200 nm wavelength range
  • High accuracy and repeatability
  • Narrowest filter – highest selectivity
  • Three models: Standard, Ultrafine & Wide
  • Manual (XTM-50) & Fixed Bandwidth (XFA) versions also available
 T100S-HP High Power Tuneable Laser Source
  • Power > +10 dBm for Essential & > +8 dBm for Extended Range models
  • Dynamic range of 100 dB & tuning range of up to 200 nm
  • 6 models cover 1240 to 1680 nm
  • Wavelength accuracy < ± 20 pm
  • Sweeping & Stepping operations
EXFO T100S-HP High Power Tuneable Laser Source

T100S-HP

For more information about these or other EXFO products we offer, please contact us.


Enhanced SLM driver now standard from HOLOEYE Photonics

HOLOEYE‘s new enhanced electronics driver module is now being supplied with all PLUTO Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) panels, and other models such as LETO.

PLUTO-2
version
Wavelength
(nm)
Refl. (%) Phase Shift
(Max @ nm)
Notes
 -UV-043 350-420 90 2.8p @ 355 Dielectric Mirror
 -VIS-014 420-650 65 3.9p @ 530 Fast Response
 -VIS-016 420-650 67 6.7p @ 530 HR/Low Phase Flicker
 -VIS-020 530-640 75-80 8.2p @ 530 High Phase Shift
 -VIS-056 450-650 93-95 2.5p @ 530 Dielectric Mirror
 -NIR-011 420-1100 65-75 4.5p @ 530 Broadband/Fast Response
 -NIR-015 650-1100 65-73 4.4p @ 850 HR/Low Phase Flicker
 -NIR-002 1000-1100 62 2p @ 1064  
 -NIR-049 1000-1100 93 2p @ 1064 Dielectric Mirror
 -NIRO-023 1000-1400 74 4.1p @ 1400  
 -TELCO-013 1400-1700 80 3.5p @ 1550  

The PLUTO-2 is equipped with a dual-core processor, on-chip memory and features an HDMI interface for addressing phase functions, a USB connection for advanced calibrations, and a trigger sync output for synchronising with external devices – such as colour-switchable lasers. The driver’s faster addressing speed allows for a colour-field-sequential (CFS) mode at 180 Hz input frame rate with the matching new PLUTO-2 SLMs and, as a bonus, also offers a more stable phase response.

For more info regarding PLUTO-2 or other systems from HOLOEYE, please contact us.


5 electronic measurement pitfalls you’ve probably forgotten about…

Kevin Carmichael, of Lake Shore Cryotronics, has authored a paper outlining common errors that can be made during precision electronic measurements. Whether you are new to electronic device measurements or a pro, you’ll want to avoid these pitfalls to prevent:

  • Voltage errors
  • Current leakage
  • Ground loops
  • Field-induced interference
  • Source-related noise

To read more about how to do this, download 5 Electronic Measurement Pitfalls You Learned About in School But Probably Forgot.

About the Author

Kevin Carmichael is Senior Marketing Product Manager for Lake Shore Cryotronics responsible for material characterisation systems and instrumentation. This includes the company’s new line of high-performance, simple-to-use MeasureReady™ I/V sources for engineers and scientists requiring a very precise, low-noise source of current or voltage in the lab.