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BioPhotonics: August 2015

Lasers Make Their Marks on Skin and Tissue Procedures
Light-based aesthetic procedures are advancing from well-established spa-based procedures to trickier problems, such as resistant tattoo removal and treatments for wounds, scars and skin diseases. Laser hair removal was the number one laser-based nonsurgical procedure for American men and women in 2014 – more than 1.1 million procedures took place. According to an annual report by the...
Valerie C. Coffey, Contributing Editor,
Optimizing Experimental Conditions for STED and g-STED Microscopy
The advent of superresolution microscopy has been groundbreaking in its ability to image biological samples, allowing researchers to study previously inaccessible details within cellular processes....
Karl Beeson, Mary J. Potasek and Evgueni Parilov, Simphotek Inc.
SBF Imaging – Using SEM and LM to Create High-Resolution 3-D Reconstructions
In recent years, there have been considerable advancements in EM-based methods for 3-D reconstructions of large tissue volumes. In this article, we describe a new approach that combines in situ...
Emine Korkmaz, FEI

Advancements Come from Many Directions
The Sourcebook sections that debuted this year within the pages of BioPhotonics have been very well received. Each Sourcebook is a guide to resources focused on a specific core technology including new product information, a manufacturer and distributor directory, and archival resources and events listings. In this issue, we’re pleased to present our latest Sourcebook, which focuses on...

Liquid Crystal Compound Lens Eyed for 3-D Imaging
Liquid crystal can be controllably formed into compound lenses similar to those found in insects, a team from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has demonstrated. These lenses produce sets...
New Smartphone Device Analyzes Blood, Aims to Eradicate Diseases in Africa
A research team led by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley has developed a new mobile phone microscope capable of analyzing blood. Its primary purpose is to automatically detect and...
Fiber Tests Show Rod Cells' Uneven Responses to Light
To study the response of retinal cells to light, a team of researchers has developed a new technique involving tapered optical fibers that could also have applications in optogenetics. Led by...
Silver and Synthetic DNA Used to Create Fluorescent Arrays
A research team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has discovered how to create a programmed, tunable fluorescent array by cradling silver nanoclusters inside synthetic DNA. Led by...
New Method Combines ODT and Holography, Enhances Optical Tweezer Capabilities
A new optical diffraction tomography (ODT) technique can measure the positions of optically trapped particles in three dimensions at high speed. The method provides a more streamlined and...
Optical Processor System Boosts Speed, Reduces Energy Demands for Genomic Research
A prototype optical processor with a scalable, lensless design can crunch data faster than existing computers, according to its developer, Optalysys Ltd. With a processing speed equivalent to...
Raman Imaging Breakthrough to Advance Cancer Detection
A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that captures images of living cells could become an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. The...
Fluorescent Ink Proposed as Anticounterfeiting Tool
Fluorescent inks could one day be used in multicolored barcodes to authenticate frequently counterfeited products. Developed by researchers at Northwestern University, the inks are invisible...
Solar Nanowire-Bacteria Array Converts CO2 into Useful Chemicals
A new artificial photosynthesis process could be used to capture carbon dioxide emissions and convert them into plastics, drugs and fuels with help from sunlight. Scientists with the U.S....
VA Researching LED Treatments to Battle Gulf War Illness
Following promising findings obtained from a pilot program, researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System are testing the effects of light therapy on brain function in veterans suffering from Gulf...

LumiThera Wins $500K Grant for PBM Devices
LumiThera Inc. has received a $500,000 matching grant from the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) to commercialize devices for noninvasive photobiomodulation (PBM) treatment of dry...
European Projects to Develop Next-Generation CMOS Imagers
Multiple European companies and institutions are taking part in two new projects aimed at developing the next generation of CMOS image sensors. Both projects involve, from the Netherlands,...
UbiQD Secures QDs IP Licenses
Quantum dots (QDs) manufacturer UbiQD LLC has secured two intellectual property licenses: one exclusive license from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one nonexclusive license from Los...
Mitutoyo Opens Mass.-Based Facility
Mitutoyo America Corp. has opened a new M3 Solution Center in Marlborough, Mass. The new 7600-square-foot facility is designed for metrology product demonstrations and customer assistance, as...
Alphanov, Leukos Signed Technology Transfer Agreement
Leukos SARL plans to produce a pump system for its supercontinuum light sources based on a new picosecond laser module developed by Alphanov of Talence, France. The two companies have signed a...
SPIE, OSA Call for Comments on Proposed ITAR Changes
The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are calling on members to make their voices heard as the U.S. government weighs new export regulations. ...

A Glowing Way to Monitor Forest Health
A faint glow emitted from plants during photosynthesis could be key to measuring the health of large areas of forests and croplands in real time. The glow can be detected by spectrometers aboard orbiting satellites. Currently, the standard technique for measuring photosynthesis, called eddy covariance, relies on ground-based, tower-mounted detectors that monitor only smaller tracts of vegetation....

Varifocal Lenses
Computer-controlled varifocal lenses by Tag Optics Inc. offer Z-direction tunability and are available for several imaging modalities, including biological microscopy. The lenses utilize dynamic...
TAG Optics Inc.
EMCCD Camera
Princeton Instruments Inc. has introduced a new high-speed electron-multiplying CCD (EMCCD) camera for low-light imaging and spectroscopy. The ProEM-HS:1024BX3 is a 1024 × 1024-pixel...
Princeton Instruments
Positioning Systems
BiSlide stages from Velmex Inc. feature a modular design that allows users to create multi-axis positioning systems for optical, medical, industrial, scientific inspection and scanning applications....
Velmex, Inc.
Measuring Microscopes
Titan Tool Supply Inc. has announced two high-magnification measuring microscopes with vernier micrometer heads for inspection of electronic and semiconductor components, metallurgical parts, plastic...
Titan Tool Supply, Inc.
Digital Light-Sheet Module
The Leica TCS SP8 DLS, a digital light-sheet microscope from Leica Microsystems GmbH, can be fully integrated into the TCS SP8 confocal microscope for the observation of developmental processes in...
Leica Microsystems GmbH
Tip- and Tilting Piezostage
Using a laser beam for cell stimulation within biological applications is a delicate science. An important requirement is to hold the beam onto the cell but due to external vibrations and thermal...
piezosystem jena GmbH
Microscope Camera
Jenoptik Optical Systems GmbH has launched the Progres Gryphax Subra, a microscope camera for applications in quality assurance and control. The Subra represents the first model in a new...
JENOPTIK Optical Systems GmbH, Optics Business Unit
Global-Shutter CMOS Camera
The new LightWise Allegro camera from Imaging Solutions Group of New York Inc. features the Sony IMX250 Pregius global-shutter CMOS sensor. Available in color or monochrome versions, the camera...
Imaging Solutions Group of NY, Inc.
Imaging and Spectroscopy Software
Princeton Instruments Inc. has released an update of its imaging and spectroscopy software. LightField 5.0 incorporates an all-new ‘math engine’ for analyzing 64-bit data in real...
Princeton Instruments
Digital Pathology Research Scanner
Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH offers a combination digital pathology research scanner for brightfield, fluorescence and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) imaging. The Aperio Versa...
Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
Multilabel Reader
The TriStar2 S LB 942 multilabel reader from Berthold Technologies GmbH & Co. KG now supports time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) and homogenous time-resolved...
Berthold Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
Light Engine
Omicron-Laserage Laserprodukte GmbH offers a new adaptable light source for microscopy, flourescence analysis and multispectral forensics. The LedHub LED Light Engine can be equipped with one...
Omicron-Laserage Laserprodukte GmbH
The DS-11 FX+, an all-in-one spectrophotometer and fluorometer system from DeNovix Inc., is designed for the quantification of nucleic acids and proteins over seven orders of magnitude. The...
DeNovix Inc.
Endoscope Imaging System
Eliminating the need for an external video processor, a new endoscope imaging system from ThinkTank Technologies LLC allows medical doctors to use their own rigid and fiber optic endoscopes to...
Educational Microscope
Olympus Corp. has announced the new CX23 microscope for laboratory, classroom and training facilities. The microscope features infinity-corrected optics for bright, clear and crisp images. The...
Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas
Laser Safety Eyewear
P07 laser safety eyewear from Laservision USA provides protection for patients during laser procedures in surgery, dermatology and dentistry. The eyewear’s exchangeable silicone eye caps...
Laservision USA
Thermal Analysis System
A new thermal analysis system from Linkam Scientific Instruments Ltd. offers as visualization-through-software approach. Vista combines the characterization power of thermal analysis with the...
Linkam Scientific Instruments Ltd.
Fiber-Coupled Pump Module
Dilas Diode Laser Inc. has announced a fiber-coupled diode laser pump module, developed for fiber laser pumping with kilohertz modulation capabilities. The module is based on a single-emitter...
DILAS Diode Laser, Inc.
CCD Camera for Long-Exposure Imaging
Eagle V - 4MP ultimate sensitivity vacuum cooling CCD for long exposure imaging! Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras has launched...
Raptor Photonics Ltd.
Slide Scanner
The latest versions of Olympus’ VS120 virtual slide scanning system provide whole-slide scanning at high resolution using a new scanning stage and scientific CMOS camera. The system can...
Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, Medical Systems & Micro-Imaging Solutions Group
Microscope Cameras
New tablet camera systems from Motic provide a dynamic imaging station that will preview, acquire, store, measure and communicate microscope images. Built on Android technology, the new line...
Motic Instruments Inc.
Featuring two workstations and producing both 312-nm UV and white light, the Spectroline Bi-O-Vision transilluminators from Spectronics Corp. enable life sciences researchers to select...
Spectronics Corp.
Multiphoton Laser-Scanning Microscopes
Two new configurations of the FluoView FVMPE-RS series of multiphoton laser-scanning microscopes from Olympus can obtain vivid images 8 mm below the tissue surface, allowing observation of ultrafast...
Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, Medical Systems & Micro-Imaging Solutions Group
Optical-Compatible AFM
A new atomic force microscope (AFM) from Bruker Corp. can be integrated with optical microscopy for biological research into cells, tissues and molecules. The BioScope Resolve provides...
Bruker Optics Inc.

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