Scientifica partnership

Chromacity has announced a product partnership with Scientifica, a leading supplier of laboratory equipment. The agreement means that Chromacity’s lasers are now offered as a light source option in Scientifica’s range of microscopy solutions. With operations in the UK and the USA, Scientifica designs, manufactures and supplies microscopes to the research community worldwide. The company now offers its customers the option to use a Chromacity laser, particularly for multiphoton microscopy – a powerful technique used to image structures deep within thick samples, making it perfect for in vitro and in vivo imaging. Christian Wilms, R&D Manager at Scientifica, said: “Life scientists using multiphoton microscopy in their research are always striving to look deeper into living tissue. The recent introduction of longer wavelength fluorescent markers has paved the way towards such deeper imaging, by allowing researchers to use longer wavelength excitation lasers which penetrate deeper into biological tissue without causing damage to those...

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Chromacity has recruited two new team members, as the ultrafast laser specialist responds to increasing operational demand and accelerated growth. We’re delighted to welcome Melissa Crahan and Michael Dalgleish to the management team. Melissa, who was appointed as the Finance & Office Manager in July, has hit the ground running and is already making a significant contribution towards our continued operational excellence as we scale-up. Michael joined Chromacity as Marketing & Communications Manager earlier this month and brings 15 years' experience within biotechnology and oil & gas. His role in nurturing our brand identity will support our plans for global business expansion. Our new recruits enjoy staying active and socialising in their spare time. They are both avid pet lovers - Melissa is the proud owner of two gorgeous cockapoo dogs, Elfie and Galinda, and Michael is currently chasing after two maine coon kittens....

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OSA Laser Congress

Ultrafast laser manufacturer Chromacity and microscope provider Scientifica join Heriot-Watt University’s Deep Tissue project A highly-specialist laser capable of analysing potentially deadly diseases as never before is under development at Heriot-Watt University. The Deep Tissue project is a new, state-of-the-art laser that aims to enable greater analysis of biological tissue including skin, bone and even plant life. Deep Tissue is a collaborative project between ultrafast laser specialist Chromacity, the microscope manufacturer Scientifica, and the University. The three-year project builds upon research carried out by Professor Derryck Reid from the university’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPAQS), to create a laser capable of gathering tissue data to a depth more than double what is presently available on the market, and at around a third of the cost. Dr Richard McCracken, a Research Fellow from IPAQS and project lead, said: “This is a hugely exciting project to be involved with and it could significantly help open...

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The August 2019 edition of Photonics Spectra features an article co-authored by Chromacity's Christopher Leburn and members of the Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics (UNO) and Extreme Light groups at the University of Glasgow. The article details recent collaborative work to generate visible entangled photons from one of our ultrafast laser sources. The use of entangled photons in the visible spectrum is attractive because it requires a relatively small investment for detectors. We have been exploring the development of entangled photon sources at shorter wavelengths in the visible region. To accelerate this development, we partnered with academics at the University of Glasgow, where there is a strong drive to push quantum technologies at the fundamental research level. The Photonics Spectra article highlights the results of that collaboration. Read the full article here. ...

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Company unveils new 520nm laser source and announces commercial availability of low cost near-IR OPO product Chromacity, a provider of ultrafast laser systems, today announced the introduction of the Chromacity 520, a 520nm addition to its family of air-cooled ytterbium fibre-based lasers that combine high power with ultrashort pulse durations. The company also announced the commercial availability of the Chromacity OPO, a low-cost, near-infrared optical parametric oscillator (OPO). Chromacity 520 The Chromacity 520 provides a fixed 520nm output at a power of 500mW – 1W and is essentially a frequency-doubled version of the company’s flagship 1040nm laser, the Chromacity 1040.  The Chromacity 520 also provides the option to deliver dual output at 520/1040nm from a single unit. Like the 1040 product, the Chromacity 520 is more compact, easier to use and provides better reliability than legacy laser technologies. With applications in life sciences, materials science, fundamental research and beyond, the Chromacity 520 is suitable...

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Our co-founder, Prof. Derryck Reid has created a new way of identifying suspicious powders without touching them. The technique makes use of the Chromacity OPO and can instantly tell the difference between dangerous and harmless white powders. This exciting piece of research was recently published by us in Optics Express - Vol. 26, No. 19, Page 25364, Sep 2018 - and has recently been featured by the BBC - Laser technique can identify suspicious white powders.  ...

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Chromacity CEO, Shahida Imani along-with Mark Goossens and Christopher Leburn will be attending SPIE Security+Defence and SPIE Remote Sensing in Berlin from the 10th – 13th September. Chromacity manufactures OPOs for chemical imaging, FTIR, quantum research, stand-off sensing and mid-IR spectro-microscopy. We will be glad to hear your challenges and to discuss your needs. See you in Berlin!...

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Co-founder of Chromacity, Professor Derryck T. Reid has been awarded the rank of Fellow Member by the Optical Society of America (OSA). The OSA new Fellow Members for 2018 will be recognised at conferences throughout 2018. The distinction has being awarded to 101 OSA members for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics. Among them is Prof. Derryck T. Reid co-founder of Chromacity who was awarded the distinction for the invention of two-photon autocorrelation using photodiodes and the development of frequency combs based on ultrafast optical parametric oscillators. Prof. Reid will be recognised at the CLEO conference. This year CLEO is in the San Jose Convention Center from 13th - 18th May....

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The Chromacity Spark 1040 femtosecond laser system was used recently by Dr Clare Hoskins, at the University of Keele, to demonstrate that the Spark 1040 was better suited for targetted drug delivery then currently used 1064nm lasers. The Spark 1040 demonstrated faster heating with  lower concentrations of nanoparticles leading to lowered toxicity concerns and more cost-effective drug doses. For more details the report can be accessed here....

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Chromacity Spark FIR image

Chromacity will be at Analytica in Munich between 10th - 13th April. We will be on Mountain Photonics booth, which is booth #283 in Hall 2. We have a suite of products suitable for high-end spectroscopy; turnkey ultrafast lasers and OPOs covering the 1 - 12 micron wavelength range. Come and find out what our OPO sources can do for your infrared needs!...

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