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Lasers & Light Sources
  February 2013 - Welcome to this edition of our eNews

We wish everyone a belated Seasons Greetings, and a wonderful New Year, somehow between an insanely busy end-of-year, combined with being stuck in a Hurricane in the US, the end of year just got away from us, and all of those December newsletter plans fell in a hole. We have many great new things happening at NewSpec, a few of the highlights are:

– Avantes appoint NewSpec as their new Australasian Distributor (for anyone looking for a really serious alternative to Ocean Optics).

– NewSpec's Laser Safety Officer Andrew Gibson-White offers an overview on Laser Safety eyewear Standards in Australia. NewSpec now offer lab fit outs and advice utilising products from Kentek, Univet, nmlaser and Newport.

– NewSpec now has for hire a fantastic Table Hoist and Transport system for the installation of new optical tables.

– Training continued with Andrew Gibson-White travelling to Hitachi for his first official service training, and Graeme Jones, Michael Ventura and Inderpreet Gill travelling to the US for Hitachi and Spectra Physics training.
New from NewSpec GradBox
NewSpec appointed Australasian Distributor for Avantes
In January NewSpec signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Avantes, and we will now be supporting Avantes' comprehensive range of spectroscopy solutions to complement our existing solutions from Newport (Oriel).

Avantes is a leading manufacturer of fibre optic spectroscopy instruments and systems with almost two decades of experience developing standard and custom spectrometer configurations. Avantes spectroscopy solutions facilitate measurements in the ultra-violet, visible and near-infrared wavelengths with applications ranging from chemical composition and quantification to colour measurement and radiometry. With an installed base of over 10,000 systems throughout the world and 15 years of experience in fibre optic spectroscopy, Avantes is equipped to meet the challenges presented by applications facing our customers. Avantes spectrometers, light sources and fibre optic sampling accessories provide the enabling technology for spectroscopy and material characterisations in these and many other industries:

Food and Beverage, Pharmaceuticals/Chemicals, Petroleum, Lighting, Biomedical Technologies, Metallurgy, Vacuum/Coating, Semiconductor and Gemology.

For more details or to request an Avantes catalogue, please contact Andrew Gibson-White in our office.
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Update on Laser safety NewSpec's Laser Safety Officer
In December 2011 new Australian and New Zealand standards were released relating to lasers and broadband sources (AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2011, AS/NZS IEC 60825.14:2011).

While most laser users have been well aware of the changes to the standards what I've found while providing laser safety equipment to the Australian and New Zealand communities is that the standards relating to the requirements for laser safety eyewear have been largely overlooked by laser users – lots of users are under the misconception that when determining laser safety eyewear you simply have to determine if the filter had an appropriate optical density (OD) to reduce the laser radiation below the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) level for the wavelength of the laser being used.

However, this approach does not take into account the damage threshold of the filter material and frame. I believe some reasons for this misconception are;
- Many people incorrectly refer to the standards in the USA which only require determination of OD ratings.
- The old AS/NZS 2211.1:2004 standard only mentions calculating OD of eyewear even though an Australian standard (1337.4:2004) existed that actually required the power/energy density of the laser radiation and the damage threshold of the material to be taken into account.

The new AS/NZS IEC 60825.14:2011 in section now points people in the direction of EN207 and EN208 which is what our 1337.4:2011 and 1337.5:2011 are derived from.

The new 1337.4:2011 and 1337.5:2011 have slightly different scale numbers than the 2004 standard, so the ratings are now given as "LB " ratings rather than "L" ratings. The new standards also have different correction values for glass and plastic eyewear meaning that the required ratings for a given situation can be different depending on if you are using glass or polycarbonate laser safety eyewear.

At NewSpec we are committed to ensuring our customers have the most appropriate eyewear that is compliant with the current Australian and New Zealand standards.

We provide laser safety eyewear from leading manufacturers (Newport / Univet) and are always happy to discuss your specific needs to help you determine the correct required ratings for your laser safety eyewear. We can also assist with your other laser safety equipment needs such as laser viewing aids, interlock systems and laser blocking curtains.

We look forward to working with you to provide you with all your laser and laser safety equipment needs.

Andrew Gibson-White
NewSpec Service Co-ordinator/Laser Safety Officer
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NEW Optical Table Hoist and Transport System
NewSpec can now provide an Optical Table Hoist and Transport system that is quick and easy to use and is a lot safer than using the normal collection of standard hoists, gantries, and dollies that are required to install large optical tables.

The table hoist and transport system sandwiches the optical table in holding brackets that also allows for safe rotation of the optical table top thru 90 degrees to allow it to fit through tight spaces such as doorways and narrow corridors.

The system can be used with optical tables up to a maximum width of 1.5 m x 4.8 m length with thickness up to 60 cm. It also has a manual winch to lift the optical table to the desired height making lowering onto table legs or lifting off table legs a breeze.

Please contact us if you would like to hire this equipment for your next table installation or move.
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IXL Lightwave 3232  
Conferences and Events GradBox
NewSpec is supporting the upcoming events listed below…
we hope to see you there!
12th Biennial Australian Microbeam Analysis Society Symposium AMAS XII
Date 4-8 Feb 2013. Venue University of Technology, Sydney Australia

Sixth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Date 11-13 Feb 2013. Venue The University of Auckland Business School

26th New Zealand Conference on Microscopy
Date 12-15 Feb 2013. Venue University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
NewSpec supported these recent events, thank you to those people who came and said hello!
20th Australian Institute of Physics Congress
Date 9-13 Dec 2012. Venue University of New South Wales, Australia

Corrosion & Prevention 2012
Date 11-14 Nov 2012. Venue Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

– AFM Applications Workshop, Deakin University
Latest Installs GradBox
Bruker MM8
Bruker MM8 MultiMode AFM at Swinburne University
Bruker MM8 MultiMode AFM for Dr Shannon Notley at Swinburne University.

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Hitachi TM3000
Hitachi TM3000 installed at NIWA in Wellington

Hitachi TM3000 installed for Dr Daniel Leduc at NIWA in Wellington.

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SPL Mai Tai eHP
Spectra Physics Mai Tai eHP DeepSee at QBI, The University of Queensland
Spectra Physics Mai Tai eHP DeepSee for Prof Stephen Williams at QBI, The University of Queensland.
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Upcoming Installs GradBox
With an exciting run of orders we are looking forward to installing:
- SPL Millennia Pro 10 for Swinburne University.
- SPL Mai Tai eHP DeepSee + InSight DeepSee for Melbourne University.
- Newport 24 Optical tables for new IPAS building at Adelaide University.
- SPL InSight DeepSee for University of New South Wales.
- SPL Mai Tai eHP DeepSee for CSIRO.
- Dektak Stylus Profiler for the University of South Australia.
- SPL Millennia PRO 15 for University of New South Wales.
- Hitachi TM3000 Desktop TEM for University of Newcastle.
- Hitachi TM3000 Desktop TEM for CCC.
- Hitachi IM4000 Ion Milling machine for UNSW.
- XEI Plasma Cleaner for CSIRO.
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New Products from Newport GradBox
HXP50 Small Hexapod
The HXP50-MECA 6-Axis Hexapod is a parallel kinematic motion device that provides six degrees of freedom: X, Y, Z, pitch, roll, and yaw. The HXP50 has a 5 kg centred load capacity and is a cost-effective solution to complex motion applications that demand repeatability and accuracy in up to six independent axes. Contrary to the image of hexapods being complex and highly priced, the HXP50 hexapod is not only affordable but extremely easy to use.
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Open-Loop Picomotor Controller / Driver
The model 8742 is a 4-axis open-loop intelligent motion controller/driver that provides a compact and low cost solution for driving New Focus open-loop Picomotor products.
It is a single-box solution that can be computer controlled via USB and Ethernet communication interfaces using Newport Motion Control Language (NMCL) command set. Both interfaces are well supported via Windows™ DLL, sample LabVIEW™ VIs, and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) Windows™ application with device auto-discovery feature.
Each model 8742 controller/driver can control one of four 4-pin RJ-22 single output ports for use with any single-channel Picomotor actuator at any given time. The model 8725 multi-axis adapter can be used to connect the 4-pin RJ-22 output ports on the drivers to New Focus Picomotor products with 6-pin RJ-11 connectors.
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254-TPI Adjustment Screws
The AJS254-0.5H-NL Adjustment Screw has precision cut threads for exceptionally smooth adjustment and higher sensitivity than standard micrometers. The AJS254-0.5H-NL offers 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) precision travel obtained with hex-head adjustment, ideal for use with Newport optical mounts, stages, and most micrometer-compatible components. With sub-micron sensitivity, they are a cost-effective alternative to micrometers where position readout is not required. High-precision 254-TPI, cut stainless steel threads are mated with the collet and a proprietary lubricant which reduces the elastic effect allowing exceptionally accurate movement. The standard 0.375 in. (9.5 mm) diameter collet is threaded with a nut for mounting to optical mounts and stages. KD.37 and KD.75 stainless steel knobs are available as an accessory.
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8081-UHV Ultra High Vacuum Motorised 5-Axis kinematic Stage
Our popular 8081 XYZΘxΘy Motorized Five-Axis Tilt Aligner which increases the utility of our popular kinematic stages by motorising each of the axes can now be used in UHV environments (10-9 Torr) as well as for VUV/EUV applications. The Picomotor™ actuators on each axis allows better than <30 nm high-resolution adjustment of various combinations of X, Y, Z, Θx, and Θy. With its minimal backlash, it is excellent for long term stability and high stiffness. The 8081-UHV has been tested and measured to outgas levels less than 5 ppm of volatile mass at 85 °C over three hours. Mass Spectrograms detailing the exact outgassing compounds are available upon request. The stage has two 8-32 and seven ¼-20 tapped holes shown here
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Variable Attenuators
Newport's VA-CB series of variable beam splitters provide continuous splitting at specific wavelengths or broad wavelength ranges. The VA-CB series is designed to provide continuous splitting of linearly polarised light for many CW or pulsed lasers. The VA-CB series is available in manual or motorised versions. The motorised versions can be used in open- or closed-loop operation.

Newport have many other options, for any of your variable beam splitting or attenuation needs, please contact David Gibson, Michael Ventura or Andrew Gibson-White.
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Newport VACB  
Optical Delay Line Mirror Mount
The 9848 Optical Delay Line Mirror Mount is an easy-to-use, versatile fixture for creating an optical delay line. It has two orthogonal surfaces for mounting standard mirrors, allowing an input optical beam to be reflected back, parallel to itself. This low-cost mount simplifies the assembly of an optical delay line by virtually eliminating the time-consuming task of mirror alignment, owing to the precision orthogonal surfaces (30 arc sec., identifiable by the hatched pattern). Notwithstanding, the 9848 is a significantly less expensive alternative to the wavelength-bound retro reflector. It is versatile because it holds various sizes, shapes and thicknesses of mirrors and allows variable spacing between the input and output beams up to 2 in. (50 mm). Guide lines set at 0.5 in. (12.7 mm) increments are provided to assist in setting beam spacing. The 9848 can be mounted directly to a translation stage via a centralised hole counterbored for 1/4-20 (M6) cap head screws or pedestal-post mounted on a SR- or PS-series post.
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9848 Optical Mount  
New Products from Bruker GradBox
TERS Probes
The Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) community has long recognised probe reliability and uniformity as the biggest barrier to the technique's wider adoption. Bruker has spent considerable resources overcoming this barrier, and has developed the world's first high-performance TERS probes for Innova-IRIS AFM systems. The combination of the Innova-IRIS AFM with the new IRIS TERS probes provides the most complete TERS solution available today.

Bruker IRIS-TERS Probes feature:
– STM gold wire probes
– 633 nm or 785 nm excitation
– > 10X enhancement ; tip in, tip out on test sample
– Each probe pack includes 10 probes and 2 malachite green reference samples
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TERS Probes  
Nano Indenter
Bruker's Apex series instrument provides ultimate flexibility in indentation and scratch testing at the nano and micro scale. The system utilises six interchangeable mechanical heads that allows easy conversion from indenter to scratch tester, and between micro and nanoscale capabilities. The modular elements of the Apex also include a high-magnification microscope and imaging modules (AFM and 3D stylus profiler). This unique design enables the Apex to tackle thin film nano-indenting and nano-scratching with the same superior performance that it handles micro-mechanical testing of coatings and bulk materials, and it can quickly switch between these tasks in less than 10 minutes.
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New Products from Hitachi GradBox
Ultra-high Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope SU8000 Family
Hitachi High-Tech has newly developed the SU8000 Series to fulfil tomorrow's market needs. The new SU8000 Series has excellent imaging performance, and offers a variety of stages, chambers and signal detection systems to meet the wide variety of customer-specific needs for ultra-high resolution microscopy.

– Ultra-high resolution imaging at ultra-low accelerating voltage (SE resolution 1.3 nm at landing voltage 1.0 kV)
– A wide range of signal detection systems; Lower, Upper and Top detectors, STEM
– User-friendly GUI and wide monitor for comfortable operation
– Wide range of optional accessories to meet customer-specific needs
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Hitachi SU8000  
Air Protection Holder for IM4000 Ion Milling System
Hitachi has released a full "air protection" solution for all current generation Hitachi ion beam mills, FIB, FESEM and TEM equipment.

Samples can be mounted in an encapsulated sample holder in a glove box. Each Hitachi ion beam milling, FIB and FESEM instrument offers optional load lock chambers equipped with manipulators which allow the operator to open the sample capsule under vacuum directly before transfer to the Stage, and to enclose them again after processing / observation prior to leaking air to the exchange chamber.
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New Products from Avantes GradBox
AvaSpec-RS Replaceable-Slit Spectrometer
For most customers the choice between throughput and resolution is not an easy one. Avantes now offers the possibility for end-users to easily replace a slit through the introduction of our replaceable-slit feature. The replaceable slit option is only available on ULS Ultra-low Stray-light AvaSpecs and the NIR256-1.7 spectrometer. The slit sets contain 25, 50, 100 and 200 μm slits along with a screwdriver tool to facilitate the change. Slit kits are available with SMA-905 connector, as well as FC/PC connectors. Slit sets can be ordered separately for the -RS spectrometer.
No recalibration of the spectrometer is needed when changing slit because of the high-precision slit positioning.
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avantes Ava-spec-RS  
Broadband Fibres
For the first time fibre optic cables can be used from 250 to 2500 nm. Available directly, this gives users the broad range of two fibres combined into one, without any loss of signal. Until now, users of fibre optic cables had to choose between a fibre for lower wavelength ranges and those for the higher ranges. Now, Avantes introduces the broadband fibre immediately eliminating this difficult choice and keeping the number or required fibres minimized.
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Australian Stock on SALE and ready for delivery GradBox
Now in Stock: Optical Tables 4'x5', 4'x6', 4'x8' & 4'x10'
Call Graeme, Neil or Dave for further details of Optical Tables you can have tomorrow! Also available, workstations and breadboards of various sizes.

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NewSpec are the Australasian distributors for GradBox
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For all of your enquiries please contact Graeme, Neil, Andrew or Gill in our Adelaide office on (08) 8463 1967 or email:
sales@newspec.com.au. NewSpec Pty. Ltd. ABN 82 882 831 899.
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