Lighting used for fluorescence applications (e.g., microscopy) must be impressive down to the finest detail. Clinics and research laboratories want to get more work done in less time. For them intensity is essential in the most demanding applications. High power light sources covering a broad, continuous spectrum from the near-UV to the far-red perfectly meet these requirements.
Fluorescence microscopy and other visual inspection applications are extremely light-hungry. In a typical research-grade microscope, throughput loss of the illumination system often exceeds much more than 80% of the provided input power, depending on the number of filters, mirrors, prisms and lenses in the optical path.
Historically, mercury arc discharge lamps offered the best performance for fluorescence applications. It is only logical, that fluorophores have been developed, matching the spectral peaks of those lamps in an ideal way. However, the introduction of green fluorescent proteins revolutionized the life sciences industry, because of it’s substantial benefit in live-cell imaging. This smoothed the way for broad acceptance of off-peak excitation and fiber coupled metal halide light sources were very well received in the market, as excitation intensity could significantly be improved for dyes that have absorption bands falling in the spectral regions between the mercury lines.
Primelite LED Light Engines comply in an outstanding way with the above mentioned desire for more optical power, distributed over a broad, continuous spectrum from near-UV to the far-red. Like most metal halide lamps, Primelite’s solid-sate solution for life sciences and visual inspection is designed as fiber coupled subsystem for maximum compatibility with existing research and testing equipment.
Highlights – why ALE/1 for Life Sciences Applications
- Less maintenance for improved cost of ownership
- Excellent output stability based on optical feedback control and high resolution intensity adjustment
- High power to suit even most demanding applications
- Continuous, flexible spectrum from near UV to far red
- Fibre-coupled light source for easy integration in existing setups
More information on our Life Sciences Solutions will be available soon.
For more information on the product properties, technical concept and specifications of our systems please see The ALE/1 Platform.