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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Multi-wavelength Laser Combiner

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the availability of a Multi-wavelength Laser Combiner for microscopy applications. Developed to work with laser-based tools in the rapidly expanding microscopy market, the laser combiner is ideal 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 the needs of research change, new laser wavelength channels can be added, or laser lines can be changed within a channel.

The Multi-wavelength Laser Combiner gives new options to a wide variety of OEM and end-user applications for fluorescence microscopy including FRET, TIRF, FLIM, FRAP and FISH. It's complex monolithic optic (CMO) design incorporates many individual optical components into one monolithic structure. CMO architectures provide a highly flexible platform and are customizable to meet specific system requirements.

The CMO design also offers superior alignment throughout a product's lifetime because the optics are bonded into a single pre-aligned optical structure. As a result, they do not drift out of alignment due to vibration or fluctuations in ambient temperature. This is a key factor in maintaining stable light. In addition, fewer exposed optical surfaces decrease environmental contamination, reducing cleaning and maintenance time.