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BioPhotonics: June 2015

Femtosecond Pulses: Control Is Key to New Discoveries
From microscopy to micromanipulation, femtosecond pulses are broadening their reach throughout the photonics research world. To fully realize their potential, precise pulse control is critical. ...
Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor,
Nanodiamonds Shine New Light on Bio Applications
Defect complexes in nanodiamond particles, which consist of vacancies trapped by nitrogen atoms, form different color centers depending on the nitrogen state present in the diamond. New research into...
Dr. Olga Shenderova, Adámas Nanotechnologies, Inc.
Spectroscopy Aids Disease Detection, Faces Obstacles
Spectroscopy advances are steadily reducing disease-detection time frames. These new methods also hone the accuracy of disease identification and provide for more timely treatment protocols. As with...
Rodd M. Pedrotti, BioPhotonics Editor,
Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy with sCMOS Cameras
EMCCD-based cameras with high quantum efficiencies and low readout noise characteristics traditionally have been the preferred technology for SMLM superresolution imaging. However, with tailored...
Ruisheng Lin, Alex Clowsley, Isuru Jayasinghe and Christian Soeller, Biomedical Physics, University of Exeter

New Digital Conference Explores Biophotonics Imaging
Photonics Media has been producing its successful webinar series for more than four years, and our editors are always looking for exciting speakers to present new topics and interesting research. I am pleased to announce the latest addition to the series; it comes with a format twist I think you’ll like. Biophotonic Imaging for Medicine: A Digital Conference, will be presented from 1...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Fluorescent Probe Shows Promise in Osteoarthritis Treatment
A near-infrared fluorescent probe may make it easier to diagnose and monitor osteoarthritis. Tested in mice, the probe detected the activity leading to cartilage loss in joints. As the...
Modified Genes Triggered by Blue Light
Crossing a bacterium’s viral defense system with a flower’s response to the sun yields a light-based trigger for genes. This type of control could enable deeper study of specific...
Chalcogenide Fibers Mimic Brain Functions
Chalcogenide microfibers could be used to replicate the workings of the human brain, enabling optical computers capable of learning and evolving. A variety of broadband photoinduced effects...
Photothermal Nanoparticles Extend Range of Optogenetics
Targeted gold nanoparticles allow light to activate neurons, a finding that could enable the use of optogenetic techniques without genetic manipulation. “This is effectively optogenetics...
Laser Glasses Aim to Counteract Low Vision
A new type of smart glasses that shine laser light directly onto the retinas could be a boon to people with poor eyesight. QD Laser Inc. is developing the device in collaboration with the...
Photoelectric Dye May Restore Some Sight to the Blind
Photoelectric dyes may be used to send images to the brains of the blind, potentially presenting a simpler alternative to artificial eyes based on image sensors. Blind patients with hereditary...
Higher-Order Modes Speed Up Fiber Conveyor Belt (with video)
Evanescent waves bleeding out of optical fibers can be used to trap and move microparticles like a conveyor belt, a phenomenon that could be useful in drug delivery, cell research and even quantum...
Optogenetics Could Counteract Erectile Dysfunction
A gene construct that reacts to blue light could offer a drug-free remedy for men with erectile dysfunction. Researchers at ETH Zurich’s Department of Biosystems in Basel have tested the...
Squid Skin Inspires IR Camouflage Tape (with video)
A protein derived from squid skin could be adapted into a kind of IR camouflage for soldiers. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have developed an adhesive film that, when...
Camera-Based Monitoring of Vital Signs Improved
Refined signal processing allows video cameras to monitor vital signs regardless of ambient lighting and the subject’s skin color. A new algorithm developed by researchers at Rice...

Edmund, Luxexcel Partner on 3-D Printed Optics
Edmund Optics has partnered with Luxexcel Group BV of the Netherlands to develop 3-D-printed plastic optical components. Luxexcel’s patented Printoptical technology uses additive manufacturing techniques to create smooth, transparent optical components including microstructures, arrays, prisms and freeform lenses. The components are suited for illumination, photovoltaics and...
Biolase CEO Optimistic After Tumultuous Year
The head of Biolase Inc. said he is confident the dental laser firm will grow in the new year after enduring a tumultuous 2014. “The latter half of 2014 marked the beginning of the...
OLED Microdisplay Contracts Buoyed eMagin Revenues in 2014
Organic LED microdisplays firm eMagin Corp. decreased its losses in 2014 as it forged ahead with new products and contracts. The company reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.22 per...
LPKF Announces New Initiatives after Disappointing 2014
Closing the books on a disappointing 2014, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has set its sights on new laser machining processes and new markets. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) fell 45...
Headwall Partners with Ocean Spray on Spectral Imaging for Agriculture
Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. will try to improve the quality and yield of its cranberries using spectral imaging systems from Headwall Photonics Inc. The two companies will cooperate to test a...
Hamilton Thorne Acquires Reproductive Imaging Product Line
Hamilton Thorne Ltd. has acquired the Oosight product line from Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. (CRi) of Hopkinton, a subsidiary of PerkinElmer Inc. Financial terms of the transaction...
First Light Imaging Wins EC Grant to Develop IR Camera
First Light Imaging SAS will use a grant from the European Commission to finalize development of an ultrafast, low-noise IR camera for use in astronomy, medical imagery, industry and defense. ...

Lighting Stunts Aphids’ Edibles
A long-term, ongoing study reveals that artificial nighttime light sources ¬– such as street ¬lamps – can have an impact on the natural environment in ways that are complicated and difficult to predict. Researchers at the University of Exeter’s Environmental and Sustainability Institute (ESI) in Penryn, England, published their work in the journal Philosophical...

Cryogenic Optical Measurement
The updated Cryostation C2 from Montana Instruments Corp. is an optical measurement platform that operates at 3.2 to 350 K. A redesigned sample-support structure improves stiffness for better positional stability and increased thermal performance. The system has evolved to ensure low vibration (<5 nm) across various experimental setups and in demanding applications. Other design...
Montana Instruments
Microscopy Camera
A new digital color CCD camera from Leica Microsystems is suited to fluorescence and brightfield microscopy applications. The DFC7000 T has a highly sensitive quad-tab sensor and is...
Leica Microsystems GmbH
OCT Fiber Probes
OFS has announced new optical fiber assembly capabilities to build high-quality probes with flexible tip lensing designs for optical coherence tomography (OCT) applications. The technology...
Tunable UV Raman Filter
McPherson’s compact double monochromator Model 275D is suited for deployment in UV Raman spectroscopy systems for detecting chemical, biological and explosive activity. It works as a...
Biomechanical Camera System
A portable four-camera high-speed recording system from NorPix Inc. is suited for biomechanical applications. Based on the company’s StreamPix software, the recording system can record...
NorPix, Inc.
Portable Raman Microscopes
BioTools’ new family of portable Raman microscopes bridges the gap between microscopy and spectroscopy. The Mobile μRaman (pictured) is designed for examining particles, liquids,...
BioTools, Inc.
Linear Focus Actuator
For optical applications requiring both high precision and high speed positioning over a short to medium stroke, Equipment Solutions Inc. provides the LFA-2010 linear focus actuator. This...
Equipment Solutions Inc.
Dynamic-Focus Lenses
The new Dynamic Focus VZM Lenses from Edmund Optics use an internal liquid lens to seamlessly adjust focus over a 7× range, from 0.65× to 4.6×. At the same time, the lens...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
Microscope Illuminator
The Lumen 100-LED from Prior Scientific provides illumination for a range of fluorescence microscopy applications with no vibration and minimal heat production. The system covers wavelengths...
Prior Scientific, Inc.
Fluorescence Spectrometer
Edinburgh Instruments has combined its FS5 single-photon-counting spectrofluorometer with a liquid nitrogen cryostat. This enables users to measure the spectral properties of a sample from 77...
Edinburgh Instruments Ltd., Photonics
Intravascular Imaging System
A new intravascular imaging system from Infraredx Inc. allows in vivo chemical analysis to help manage coronary artery disease. The Advanced TVC Imaging System combines near-infrared...
Visual Field Analyzer
Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc. has introduced a new version of its Humphrey Field Analyzer, the HFA3, for glaucoma diagnostics. In perimetry, a trial lens provides the refractive correction needed so...
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
Intelligent Piezo Controllers
ASI and ASC are new functions for automatic sensor identification and system calibration, respectively, for piezoelectric nanopositioning controllers from Piezosystem Jena. The functions...
piezosystem jena GmbH
FLIM Attachment
A new fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) system from Lambert Instruments BV is compatible with any wide-field fluorescence microscope. The LIFA-TD (Lambert Instruments FLIM...
Lambert Instruments BV
Digital Videoscope
The minnieScope-XS from Enable Inc. is the world’s smallest 400 × 400-pixel videoscope and is designed to provide embedded, real-time optical imaging for medical devices. It has an...
Enable, Inc.

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