Nikon and Agilent enter laser-based biomedical technology distribution agreement

Nikon Instruments Inc. and Agilent Technologies announced an agreement for Nikon to distribute Agilent's MLC400 monolithic laser combiner systems, which will be integrated into laser systems designed for Nikon's Ti-E PFS inverted research microscope.

Integrating this laser technology with the Ti-E PFS microscope, which is capable of multi-day live-cell imaging experiments, will allow researchers to maximize productivity and minimize system down time. Incorporated into the Ti-E PFS system and under the control of NIS-Elements AR, it can be run at camera frame rate or faster.

Agilent's monolithic laser combiner technology will achieve high optical efficiency on the microscopes by eliminating the need for multiple mechanical mounts on fixtures, as well as the number of exposed optical faces and air gaps. The MLC400 design is alignment-free, and never requires maintenance or re-alignment.

Nikon and Agilent will initially begin integrating MLC400/Ti-E imaging systems for total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF), photobleaching/photo-activation and field scanning confocal systems.

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Posted by Lee Mather

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