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Agilent designs laser combiner for microscopy apps

Posted: 16 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:laser combine multi-wavelength? microscopy? tools?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a multi-wavelength laser combiner for microscopy applications. Developed to work with laser-based tools, the laser combiner is fit for applications including epifluorescence, laser scanning confocal and flow cytometry. The new combiner provides 19 wavelength options that can be used in three-channel to eight-channel configurations. As research needs change, new laser wavelength channels can be added, or laser lines can be changed within channel.

According to Agilent, the laser combiner offers options to various applications for fluorescence microscopy including FRET, TIRF, FLIM, FRAP and FISH. The laser combiner is based on Agilent's complex monolithic optic (CMO) design, which incorporates many individual optical components into one monolithic structure. CMO architectures provide a highly flexible platform and are customizable to meet specific system requirements, says Agilent. The laser combiner is the first implementation of a CMO design for microscopy applications, according to the company.

Agilent also claims that the CMO design offers superior alignment throughout a product's lifetime because the optics are bonded into a single pre-aligned optical structure.

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