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Foster B.,Microscopy and Imaging Place Inc.
American Laboratory | Year: 2015

The new family of mobile microRaman microscopes offers "Raman microscopy on-the-go." Their portable design enhances speed and sensitivity while economizing on laser power. Incorporating multiple sample modalities, they are an easy-to-use, cost-effective alternative to multiple instruments normally required for these analyses. Moving from the lab to the pilot plant, from the clinic to the classroom, or from the local lake to the crime scene, they promise to significantly expand Raman's analytical capabilities. Source

Foster B.,Microscopy and Imaging Place Inc.
American Laboratory | Year: 2012

From research stand to student "shoe box," the microscopy/spectroscopy chasm is definitely shrinking as micro Raman becomes part of the analytical mainstream in both the materials and life sciences Optical micro Raman has become a mainstay and is now an important correlative technique to AFM-Raman, giving "eyes to chemistry" from the nano scale to the micro scale. Source

Foster B.,Microscopy and Imaging Place Inc. | Foster B.,American Laboratory Labcompare
American Laboratory | Year: 2012

The BioScope Catalyst opens new vistas for life science research. Its ScanAsyst and Peak Force QNM modes offer a gentler, more controlled, and directly quantitative solution especially well-suited for molecular biology, biophysics, and true nanomechanical studies. The powerful MIRO software precisely overlays nanoscale AFM imaging and measurements with light, confocal, and the various fluorescence modalities, providing new insights into cell dynamics and nano-mechanics. This new approach produces high-resolution images at all size domains, from single molecules to biomolecular aggregates such as membranes, then on to cells and tissue. ScanAsyst and Peak Force QNM promise to be exciting new tools for a wide range of applications, from the pathology of cancer, infectious diseases, and neurodegenerative disorders to proactive, commercialized technology in tissue engineering, biomemetics, and biosensors. Source

Foster B.,Microscopy and Imaging Place Inc.
American Laboratory | Year: 2011

X-Cite® XLED1 from Lumen Dynamics Group (LDGI), Mississauga, Canada, is an instrument that can surpass existing LED performance in the study of biological fluorescence performance. The product can be used for regular florescence microscopy as well as conventional and spinning disk confocal, multiphoton, structured illumination, and super-resolution systems. To avoid user error, the LED uses intelligent software and feedback to recognize immediately which module is in which location. In addition to receiving signals, the X-Cite XLED's sync-out can send signals to other peripherals such as a camera or microscope stage. The light is more controlled and more consistent and the LED system produce flat, evenly illuminated fields, without flicker and with excellent signal-to-noise ratios that allow the biology to shine through against a rich black background. Source

Foster B.,Microscopy and Imaging Place Inc.
Biophotonics International | Year: 2011

A significant increase in quantitative fluorescence and live-cell work is driving a need for microscopists to understand, control, and calibrate their instrumentation. NIC researchers and students have tried to answer these questions using standard handheld laser power meters. A potential new source of inconsistency has entered the optical train, as fluorescence illumination has evolved from tungsten filament to arc sources to metal halide systems. This potential new source of inconsistency involves failure in the liquid lightguide (LLG) that connects the lamp to the stand. LLG connecting the lamp to the stand adds a new dimension to more traditional problems, such as delamination shields, or burned areas in filters or heat shields, and foreign objects stuck at unwanted places. Work at The BioImaging Group in the Life Sciences Division Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) focuses on correlative microscopies to address these challenges. Source

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