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High-resolution immunofluorescence confocal microscopy images
The Phasefocus Optical Profiling system in use at Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney, Australia
  • LEDs offer many advantages over classical lighting sources

    Advanced Applications with LEDs

    If we take a look at the different lighting technologies used during history, we see that most of them addressed not just the lighting aspects but had additional benefits. In the very early history of mankind, fire was not just used for lighting...
  • Automating the packaging, inspection and grading of food packages is the key goal of the pan-European PicknPack project

    Automating the Picking and Packing of Food Produce

    Automated robotic systems have been widely deployed in the automotive industry to perform many kinds of assembly tasks. As a result, manufacturers have been able to increase the versatility and efficiency of their production lines, allowing them to...
  • Head region and the majority of the brain of a zebrafish larvae, as recorded and reconstructed using the light-field deconvolution microscope Parts of the brain showing pronounced neuronal activity are artificially colored in magenta to white, proportiona

    Brain Imaging with Microscopy

    Numerous techniques are currently used to enable researchers to non-invasively capture spatial maps of the brain and observe processes occurring within it. These include computerised tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission...
  • Autocollimator by Duma

    Laser Autocollimator and Bore Sighting

    Modern technologies are characterized by extreme complexity, and by the fact that one system is built by fusing several technologies together. A typical system could involve such technologies as accurate mechanics, lasers, vision systems,...
  • Optical grade CVD diamond manufactured by Element Six

    Diamond and Lasers: A powerful combination

    As photonics markets drive the development of ever higher powers for a range of laser systems, traditional laser materials are increasingly challenged in dealing with the high optical power densities and large amounts of waste heat. Novel solutions...
  • Laser tattoo removal Photo courtesy of Laser Centers of North Dallas

    High Power Lasers in Medical Applications

    Advances in laser technology have had a tremendous impact on the medical industry, especially medical devices, which have allowed us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Various wavelengths of light can be used in different ways in medical...
  • Simple trigonometry enables laser triangulation measurements to convert shift in a line image into vertical displacement measurements

    Laser Triangulation Meets the Growing Need for 3D Inspection

    Applications for quantitative, three-dimensional (3D) machine vision/inspection are currently growing at a very healthy pace, with laser triangulation often the preferred choice of technology to quickly verify fit, form and function in a...

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