The new A1 series of confocal laser point scanning systems from Nikon Instruments (Mellville, NY) seamlessly integrates with the new Ti-E research inverted microscope. The fully-automated confocal imaging system literally brings biological imaging to life, capturing high-quality confocal images of cells and molecular events at high speed and enhanced sensitivity.
Two models are available: the A1 and the A1R. The fully-automated A1 offers standard paired galvanometers with high resolution scanning at up to 4096 X 4096 pixels, with a standard speed of two frames per second (fps) for 512 x 512 pixels. The A1R model incorporates a unique hybrid scanner system of paired galvanometers coupled to a high speed resonant galvanometer. An exclusive low-angle incidence dichroic mirror realizes 30% increase of fluorescence efficiency. Additionally, brighter images are obtained with the industry's first continuously variable hexagonal pinhole, which replaces the standard four-sided aperture. With the hexagonal pinhole, maximum confocality is maintained while achieving higher brightness equivalent to that of an ideal circular pinhole.