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Featured inquiry:

Actively stabilized, single frequency ring dye laser with wavelength readout

Must furnish all optical and mechanical elements for pumping by a vertically polarized Millenia Pro 5S DPSS laser (532 nm, 5W)
Output power 800 mW or better at R6G maximum
Optics set to cover wavelength range 550-650 nm
Line width of 500 kHz rms/100 ms (or better)
Mode-hop free scan range of 40 GHz or greater
Wavelength measurement range at least 400-800 nm with absolute accuracy 60 MHz
Software for wavelength readout ( for Windows XP PC)
Must provide electronic handshaking signals or software (for Windows XP PC) for laser scan control

Near Field Scanning Optical Microscope NSOM Godwit - best spatial optical resolution using the near field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) principle
Near field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) modes of operation
NSOM images with laser and lamp illumination
Commerciaand custom NSOM probes
Near field optica and luminescence images in photon counting mode
NSOM images in collection and illumination modes
Transmission and reflection NSOM configurations
20 nm optical resolution (Raleigh criteria for spatial resolution)
State-of-the-art optical microscope console: simultaneous sample and tip observation with long working distance objectives
Femtosecond and UV excitation
True single molecule detection
High-resolution AFM imaging of DNA
Godwit-uScope data acquisition and Godwit-FemtoScan image processing software
Ambient light protection with light-tight box


New laser spectrometer OB' for research studies demanding fine resolution and high spectral density of radiation within UV-VIS-NIR spectral domains New laser spectrometer T&D-scan for research  that demands high resolution and high spectral density in UV-VIS-NIR spectral domains - now available with new pump option!
The T&D-scan includes a CW ultra-wide-tunable narrow-line laser, high-precision wavelength meter, an electronic control unit driven through USB interface as well as a software package. Novel advanced design of the fundamental laser component implements efficient intra-cavity frequency doubling as well as provides a state-of-the-art combined ultra-wide-tunable Ti:Sapphire & Dye laser capable of covering together a super-broad spectral range between 275 and 1100 nm. Wavelength selection components as well as the position of the non-linear crystal are precisely tuned by a closed-loop control system, which incorporates highly accurate wavelength meter.

Reserve a spot in our CW lasers training workshop in San Diego, California. Come to learn how to build a CW Ti:Sapphire laser from a kit


Frequency-stabilized CW single-frequency ring Dye laser DYE-SF-077 pumped by DPSS DMPLH laser installed in the brand new group of Dr. Dajun Wang at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
DYE-SF-077 features exceptionally narrow generation line width, which amounts to less than 100 kHz. DYE-SF-077 sets new standard for generation line width of commercial lasers. Prior to this model, the narrowest line-width of commercial dye lasers was as broad as 500 kHz - 1 MHz. It is necessary to note that the 100-kHz line-width is achieved in DYE-SF-077 without the use of an acousto-optical modulator, which, as a rule, complicates the design and introduces additional losses. A specially designed ultra-fast PZT is used for efficient suppression of radiation frequency fluctuations in a broad frequency range. DYE-SF-077 will be used in resaerch of Ultracold polar molecules, Bose-Einstein condensate and quantum degenerate Fermi gas and High resolution spectroscopy



Located at the crossroads of biophysical chemistry, optics, nanoengineering, and ultrasensitive biomedical analysis, research in the Woehl Lab is interdiscplinary by nature. It focuses on the optical spectroscopy and imaging of single molecules and their controlled manipulation using a novel device pioneered in our research group: the corral trap. The particular aim of our research is to better understand how molecules use their innate electric fields to communicate with each other, and how, in turn, we can make use of electric fields to trap and manipulate single molecules.

1. In many cases, biological molecules carry out their tasks by making use of molecular electric fields (such as in photosynthesis, enzymatic activity, electrostatic steering of ligands to active sites, and protein folding and assembly). In a collaborative effort with the Geissinger group, we employ single molecules as nanoscale reporters of molecular electric fields at the active sites of the oxygen carriers myoglobin (see image to the right) and hemoglobin, where molecular fields may play an important role for the proteins' biological function. The spectroscopic measurements are carried out at cryogenic temperatures by applying an external electric field, which shifts the single molecule absorption or emission line shifts (Stark shift). We have developed two novel methods of analysis based on quantum chemical calculations that allow for the determination of internal electric fields (magnitude and orientation) from the experimental data.

2. All known physical and chemical properties of a molecular species are the direct result of quasi-electrostatic interactions, and it appears sensible to focus on electrostatic forces as the most efficient means of exercising control over single molecules. Based on this idea, we have conceived and developed a new approach for the trapping and manipulation of single nanoparticles (including single molecules): the corral trap. Corral trapping of single molecules opens up new possibilities for the planned (as opposed to purely heuristic) assembly of molecular-scale devices, detection of single base substitutions (single nucleotide polymorphisms, SNPs) in the human genome at the single molecule level, and may lead to new approaches for water purification.

A common component of all our experiments is the ability to image single molecules with high spatial resolution, and the development and improvement of instrumentation and theoretical tools for optical microscopy is therefore at the core of our efforts. In order to spatially localize and select a given molecule, we utilize widefield microscopy, confocal scanning laser microscopy, or near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM). In aperture-type NSOM, a tapered optical fiber serves as a nanoscale light source, and we have developed new NSOM tips on the basis of photonic crystal fibers (see SEM image to the right) with improved imaging capabilities. We have also mapped the three-dimensional point spread function (PSF) of a confocal microscope at high spatial resolution and developed an rigorous theoretical model based on a vectorial approach that has resulted in PSF Lab, a software package for calculating PSFs that is currently used by research groups from more than 50 countries worldwide.

Students in my group gain a broad experience in physical chemistry and acquire specialized skills in a variety of fields such as single molecule imaging, nanophotonics, laser spectroscopy, thin-film deposition, cryogenic techniques, metal evaporation, and scanning probe microscopies. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to participate in any of these research projects.

We are looking forward to hear from you and help you with your optical and crystal components requirements. Need time to think about it? Drop us a line and we'll send you beautiful Del Mar Photonics mug (or two) so you can have a tea party with your colleagues and discuss your potential needs.


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