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March 2018 Newsletter Out Now

March 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific March newsletter is now available. In this issue we introduce the Hyperchromator from Mountain Photonics as an efficient tuneable broadband light source, Siskiyou Go Large with bigger IXF mounts in a choice of materials, Gamma Scientific push into the near infra-red with their latest RS-7 SpectralLED light source, and EXFO expand their range of benchtop test and measurement equipment. Plus Magnetism 2018 and Photonex London

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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.

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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We’re @PhotonicsWest in San Francisco from tomorrow: Visit Elliot Scientific in Booth 4953

16022016241Tomorrow, Elliot Scientific will be exhibiting in Booth 4953 at Photonics West ( #spiephotonicswest ) where we will be demonstrating our renowned range of XYZ flexure stages and precision micro- and nano-positioning slides, our fully automated DAli 3 alignment system, and our optical trapping laser tweezer add-ons and upgrades for professional microscopes.

San Francisco’s Moscone Center is once again be the venue for this show and conference series organised by SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics.

The exhibition runs from January 30th to February 1st and more information can be found on the dedicated Photonics West 2018  website

Tweet a picture of our booth to @elliotsci and we’ll send the best photographer, as chosen by our panel of experts, an Elliot Scientific tee-shirt!

@elliotsci @PhotonicsWest #spiephotonicswest



@SiskiyouCorp products for Life Science & Photonics now available through Elliot Scientific

Elliot Scientific is now offering products from the Siskiyou range of micromanipulators, microscope sample positioners, and modular opto-mechanical building blocks to researchers in the British Isles.

Established in 1972, Oregon-based Siskiyou Corporation presently manufacture nearly 2500 products of their own design for the life science and photonics industries.

Products include highly precise micromanipulators, stages, optical mounts, adjusting screws, clamps, rods, and much more.

Siskiyou products are Modular by Design™, which makes it easy to sub­stitute interchangeable parts or to exchange and add modular units. This ability provides an unlimited array of functional tools that can be adapted to most any requirement.

For more information, please contact us, or visit our growing Siskiyou products page.

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


 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


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

Photonex opens tomorrow: Visit us on Stand B10

We are exhibiting at Photonex – the UK’s premier annual event dedicated to the science of light – from tomorrow.

On Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday the 12th, members of our team of engineers and scientists will be on hand to discuss Elliot Scientific’s Solution Science capabilities. We will also be demonstrating our world-famous Elliot|Martock  XYZ Flexure Stages and smooth backlash-free miniature slides, and you can also experience some of the many products we offer manufactured by the North American and European companies we represent.

So visit Stand B10 at Photonex in Coventry this week and discover how the equipment, systems and instruments we offer support the UK and Ireland’s scientific, research and industrial communities.

If you cannot make it to the show, have a look at our latest newsletter instead…

October 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific October newsletter is now available. In this issue we feature a number of products that we will be exhibiting at Photonex. Elliot|Martock flexure and miniature stages take pride of place alongside equipment from Energetiq Technologies, HOLOEYE Photonics, Mad City Labs, Vescent Photonics and many more…

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More modules for EXFO’s LTB-8 Test Platform

EXFO has expanded the number of plug-in modules for their next-generation test platform, the LTB-8. This compact unit, equipped with an ultra-powerful processor and highly intuitive interface, gives the lab user an optimised instrument to run dedicated test applications simply and efficiently for technologies such as Ethernet, OTN, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH and more.

The current module range comprises:

  • FTBx-1750 Power Meter Module
  • FTBx-5245 Optical Spectrum Analyser
  • FTBx-88×0 10G Multiservice module
  • FTBx-88200 100G Multiservice module
  • FTBx-9150 Optical Switch
  • FTBx-9160 MEMS Optical Switch
  • FTBx-9600 Utility Module

An upgrade path for existing users of the IQS-600 modular test platform, enabling migration from the old to the new, has been mapped out by EXFO so please contact us for details and trade-in offers.

September 2017 Newsletter Out Now

September 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific September newsletter is now available. In this issue we looked forward to seeing Gamma Scientific’s tunable LED light source in a webinar demo, go through Andeen-Hagerling’s list of applications where capacitance measurement enables precision metrology, announce that Lake Shore’s temperature sensor data is now online, and see how diffraction limited circular beams are a Micro Laser Systems’ priority, plus Photonics Ireland, Photonex and more…

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Tomorrow, we’re at Photonics Ireland 2017 in Galway

Photonics Ireland is a biennial conference that this year is being held from tomorrow (13th September) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.

Elliot Scientific is exhibiting at this premier event for Photonics research in Ireland, and we will be demonstrating a broad range of products; both our own and from companies we represent – some exclusively – in the British Isles.

High profile national and international speakers will showcase some of their latest research and achievements in Photonics. Topics will include:

  • Biophotonics and Optical Sensing
  • Imaging
  • Laser-Materials and Laser-Plasma Interactions
  • Nanophotonics and Plasmonics
  • Optical Communications and Networks
  • Photonic Integration and Packaging
  • Photonic Devices and Photonic Materials
  • Quantum Optics and Technologies


August 2017 Newsletter Out Now

August 2017 NewsletterThe Elliot Scientific August newsletter is now available. In this issue we cover a new high incident power handling NIR PLUTO SLM panel from HOLOEYE and new Probe Station option kits from Lake Shore Cryotronics, reveal additional plug-in modules for EXFO’s latest LTB-8 fibre network test instrument and have a quick look at Kinetic Systems‘ anti-vibration equipment, plus QuAMP, Photonics Ireland, and more…

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