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Lasers & Light Sources   March 2013 - special edition of our eNews featuring new releases from Photonics West 2013.

Phontics West 2013 saw the release of some exciting products from our suppliers including the industry leading UV and Green Quasar systems as well as a doubling of the output power from Spirit high repetition rate ultrafast laser.

Michael Ventura and Andrew Gibson-White attended supplier meetings and carried out training at this years Photonics West.
NEW release from Spectra-Physics at Photonics West GradBox
Breakthrough Quasar® high power hybrid fibre laser
Spectra-Physics' Quasar presents a breakthrough in hybrid fibre laser technology delivers an industry leading >40 W of UV power or >70 W of green. Quasar is the only laser in its class to feature the novel TimeShift™ technology for programmable pulse profiles for ultimate precision in processing speed, flexibility and control.

Quasar is an OEM laser combining advanced fibre laser, power amplifier and patented harmonics technologies. Quasar with TimeShift technology enables pulse energy programmability in the time domain by controlling pulse width and shape and repetition rate material micromachining processing can be optimised thereby increasing processing speed and quality. Unlike conventional Q-switched lasers, Quasar's TimeShift technology maintains constant pulse width over a wide range of repetition frequencies ranging from 1-500 kHz.
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New high power femtosecond laser delivering > 8 W
Released this year at Photonics West by Spectra-Physics High Q the new industrial-grade high Spirit 1040-8 amplifier delivers >8 W of average power with shorter 400 fs pulses for fast, flexible femtosecond micromachining without unwanted heat damage to the processed material.

For the most demanding cold-machining applications from high resolution organic LED displays to catheters and biodegradable stents Spirit 8 W provides the ideal cold-machining tool. Furthermore its high repletion rate (> 100 KHz) and short pulse width enables fast data acquisition while maintain time resolution for high speed time-resolved spectroscopy applications.

The laser delivers greater than 8 W of infrared laser light at 1040 nm with a second harmonic option for generating green femtosecond pulses. Ultrashort 400 fs pulse widths with high pulse energies > 40 µJ is adjustable via a computer over a wide range of repetition rates from single shot up to 1 MHz. The Spirit 8 W is fully automated delivering excellent beam characteristics (M2 < 1.2) with TEM00 mode.
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Spectra-Physics Solstice Amplifier now capable of < 50 fs
In response from customer feedback indicating a need for a one-box amplifier platform that could deliver shorter pulses with low maintenance Spectra-Physics has taken on the challenge and succeeded with the release of the new Solstice at Photonics West. The new Solstice continues the Spectra-Physics tradition of providing one-box ultrafast laser solutions setting the industry standard for femtosecond amplifier stability and reliability.
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NEW release from Newport at Photonics West GradBox
Newport's Burst Picker solution
The Burst Picker when used in conjunction with a CW mode-locked laser, such as Spectra-Physics® Mai-Tai® DeepSee™, the Burst Picker excites samples via a "burst" mode. In this mode, only a user-defined number of laser pulses are selected and employed in the excitation of the specimen. In addition, the burst repetition rate can be tuned within a wide range of values accommodating the needs of many experimental conditions.
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New Advanced UV optics
Newport continues to produce UV optics with outstanding performance. One of the new UV optics Newport has introduced is the long-lived deep ultraviolet excimer laser mirrors with projected lifetimes greater than 30 billion pulses. The advanced new mirrors feature all dielectric high reflector coatings to minimise absorption and maximise reflected energy at 193 nm.

Newport's new laser mirrors offer exceptionally high laser damage resistance. The exceptionally long lived mirrors come in special Pet-G and metal foil packaging to ensure that the parts are delivered clean and protected from any environmental photocontamination.
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XM Series Ultra-Precision Linear Motor Stages (MIM down to 1 nm)
The XM ultra-precision linear stages provide high sensitivity and outstanding trajectory accuracy in a compact, robust and cost effective package. They are an excellent, ultra high-performance solution for applications such as semiconductor wafer inspection, sensor test and calibration, laser machining and ultra-precision assembly.

The XM Series Ultra-Precision linear motor stages have Ultra-high performance with MIM down to 1 nm.

Unlike screw driven stages, the XM employs a centre-driven, ironless linear motor as the driving element. Since the linear motor is a frictionless direct drive device, there is no backlash or hysteresis, wind-up or stiction limiting the motion performance. The linear motor drive also offers the advantage of higher speed, acceleration and system responsiveness with no wear to motor brushes or drive screws. The extra-large, ironless motor coil ensures zero cogging for ultra-smooth velocity control and provides higher efficiency compared to alternative stage designs. This results in significantly less heat generation, which is generally the main limit for ultra-precision motion applications. To further improve thermal management and its effect on stage performance, the XM also has the benefit of a sophisticated length decoupling of the magnetic track from the stage carriage.
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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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New From Avantes GradBox
Looking for a very small spectrometer with a resolution of up to 0.2 nm? Then the AvaSpec-Mini is an ideal choice. It's only the size of a deck of cards, yet delivers a dynamic range of 2000:1, stray-light levels lower than 0.17% and weighs only 155 grams. Easy to take anywhere you like. The AvaSpec-Mini finds its way into many areas of research, such as light analysis, chemical research and Raman spectroscopy. Or use it as a tiny OEM-spectrometer in your application. The possibilities are endless.

Of course, the AvaSpec-Mini works seamlessly with Avantes spectroscopy software and the Windows and Linux libraries.
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NEW release from NKT GradBox
aeroGAIN-ROD Double-Clad Rod Fibres with Extra Large Mode Area
The aeroGAIN-ROD is a new generation of ytterbium gain fibres designed specifically for the ultra-fast fibre laser market.

The output power of ultra-fast fibre lasers has typically been limited to a few Watts due to nonlinear effects. Bigger cores and shorter fibre are traditionally the go-to solutions but often with compromises in mode quality and stability to follow. Not anymore.

Now, rod fibres bridges and overlaps the fibre world with the DPSS crystalline rod based world without the need for in-house fibre handling skills. The non-coilable rod waveguides represent the ultimate performance with a range of unique features:
– Diffraction limited beam quality
– MW peak power handling
– High single pass gain
– Guidance of signal and pump
– Excellent beam pointing
– Polarisation maintaining
– High efficiency (> 60%)
– High pump acceptance angle (NA > 0.5)
– Polarisation independent pump absorption

The aeroGAIN-ROD is typically used as the output amplifier stage in ultra-fast pulsed fibre lasers, where it replaces the traditional Nd:YAG, Nd:YLF and Nd:YVO4 laser crystals
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NEW release from Kentek GradBox
MultiWave eyewear with very broad coverage
The MultiWave Laser Protective Eyewear model C115C from Kentek has been specially designed to provide high attenuation across a broad range of wavelengths making it idea of multi laser laboratory environments while also featuring a scratch resistant lens (9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness)

The eyewear is for UV, Excimer, Diode, CO2, KTP, Alexandrite, Nd:YAG, IR, Holmium and Er:YAG applications.

The C115C has a visible light transmission value of 70% and is designed for over Rx glasses. The high visibility through the eyewear combined with its comfortable fitting frame helps ensure users can wear the eye protection for long periods of time without discomfort.
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Updated Entry-Guard SIS control panel
Kentek has released an updated version of their Entry-Guard SIS control panel. The new compact laser interlock system has all the features expected from their popular control panel but in a smaller package. If you are setting up a new laser lab or need to improve your laser safety system please contact the NewSpec team about the Entry-Guard SIS.

Kentek's Entry-Guard Safety Interlock System (SIS) provides a complete fail-safe Access Control System (ACS).Its primary function is to ensure that unauthorised personnel are prohibited from areas where laser radiation may be present. When the power to the controller is interrupted, critical outputs, such as door magnetic locks and laser interlocks, revert to a safe state: magnetic locks off and interlocks open.

The Entry-Guard system consolidates all controls onto a single control panel and external accessories can easily be integrated for different applications.The Entry-Guard SIS is a premade off the shelf system that is easily configurable to match the requirements of different situations. Examples of components that can be integrated into a solution include;
- Illuminated warning signs
- Audible signals
- Interlock
- Magnetic locks/latches
- Keypads
- Start/Exit switches
- Emergency stop switches
- Laser shutters
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NEW release from Oclaro GradBox
The Smallest and Most Lightweight 4 and 8 Beam Red Laser Diodes
Oclaro have announced significant advancements in its red laser diodes that has enabled them to reduce the size of 4 beam red laser diodes by 75% (from TO9.0 mm to TO5.6 mm) and 8 beam red laser diodes by 80% (from TO16.0 to TO9.0 mm.) These significant reductions will enable customers designing laser beam printers (LBPs) and multi-function printers (MFPs) to design smaller and more compact printers or to utilise the extra space for adding more features and functionality. In addition, Oclaro has significantly improved the printing quality of its red laser diodes by modifying their structure to produce the smallest and most precise laser beam available from any red laser diode in the industry.
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25 W Uncooled Multimode Laser Diode Module
Oclaro's new 25 W multimode single emitter based laser diode module BMU25-9xx-01/02-R has been designed to provide an increased power output enabling fibre laser and direct system manufacturers to generate higher powers with fewer modules, allowing for more compact pump configurations, greater pump block efficiency and simplification of packaging. Its compact design reduces the footprint of fibre laser pump stages.

The module includes multimode laser diodes with E2 front mirror passivation that prevents Catastrophic Optical Damage (COD) to the laser diode facet even at very high power levels. The laser diodes are connected in series to allow for fast current switching. The module includes a feedback protection filter that protects the laser diodes from harmful fibre laser wavelength feedback light.
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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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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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