Flow Cytometry Part 3: Improving Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Flow Cytometer Optics
Improving Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Flow Cytometer Optics

Key Takeaways: Flow cytometry is a method for studying cells using fluorescent tagging and optical analysis as they flow past a laser. Improving the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is essential in flow cytometry for reducing background noise and enhancing relevant cell signals, achieved through optimizing optical components. Laser performance directly affects SNR, with stable output power […]

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Understanding Spherical Mirrors: Deep Guide
spherical mirrors

Key Takeaways: Spherical mirrors come in two types – concave and convex, with distinct curvatures that affect how light rays behave. Understanding terms like center of curvature, pole, and focal length is crucial for grasping the behavior of spherical mirrors.  The mirror equation simplifies how images are formed, making it easier to understand and apply […]

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Optical ICs and how they work: Understanding the photonic integrated circuit
photonic integrated circuit, optical ic

Key Takeaways: Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) use photons instead of electrons for faster and more efficient data processing.   PICs find applications in various fields including communication, biosensing, and quantum computing, promising significant advancements in these areas. While PICs offer advantages, challenges like higher costs and limited availability still exist, yet ongoing development could lead to […]

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Understanding Key Optical Techniques: Fluorescence-Lifetime Imaging
fluorescence-lifetime imaging

Key Takeaways FLIM Advances Diagnostics: FLIM offers precise views of living cells and proteins, aiding diagnoses and enhancing understanding of diseases like cancer. TCSPC Measures Fluorescence Lifetimes: TCSPC captures differences in fluorescence lifetime, enabling picosecond-level measurements crucial for medical imaging. FRET Enhances Protein Studies: FRET microscopy, combined with FLIM, provides detailed insights into protein interactions, […]

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Merits and Demerits of Achromatic Lenses
Merits and Demerits of Achromatic Lenses

       Key Takeaways Achromatic lenses, or achromats, correct chromatic aberration in optical systems by aligning specific wavelengths. Comprising two or more elements, typically red and blue, these lenses improve image quality in applications like cameras and microscopes. While effective, achromatic lenses may have limitations, such as residual chromatic aberration and complex manufacturing processes, […]

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Case Study – Microlens Arrays for UV, VIS, and NIR video imaging cameras
Microlens Arrays

     Key Takeaways The project focuses on microlens arrays, which arrange multiple lenses on a substrate for precise light control in applications like lighting, imaging, and photonics.  The substrate’s material flexibility and strategic lens arrangement enable versatility. This initiative targets UV, VIS, and NIR video imaging cameras with broad wavelength coverage.  Avantier excels in […]

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Replacing Spherical Lens with Aspheric Lens
Replacing Spherical Lens with Aspheric Lens

       Key Takeaways Aspheric lenses possess a variable radius of curvature, allowing for a gradual change in shape that corrects optical aberrations effectively.  Aspheric lenses provide superior aberration control, enabling optical designers to use fewer elements, simplifying assembly and reducing system size and weight. Recent advancements in grinding and polishing techniques, particularly for […]

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Understanding Concave and Convex Mirrors: A Simple Guide
Concave and Convex Mirrors

Understanding Concave and Convex Mirrors: A Simple Guide Mirrors can either have a plane surface or a curved surface. These two surfaces correspond with two types of mirrors, respectively: a plane mirror or a spherical mirror. Plane mirrors have a flat reflective surface and reflect light without distorting the image. It follows the law of […]

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Case Study: Objective Lens: Small diameter and short overall length in the optical system
Mini objective lens: Supper small diameter lens and short overall length of optical system

Case Study: Objective Lens: Small diameter and short overall length in the optical system Avantier’s small objective lens revolutionizes medical optical systems, particularly in dental health applications.  This project focuses on utilizing a higher-resolution lens while reducing the overall optical system volume. This carefully balanced approach involves advanced optical design, material selection, and component layout […]

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Case Study: High and Low Temperature Resistant 25X Objective Lens: High Imaging Quality & High-Resolution Performance
High and Low Temperature Resistant 25X Objective Lens

        Key Takeaways Avantier’s project introduces a custom-designed 25X objective lens for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer systems, specifically tailored for researching isotopes. Operating on the principle of charged particles deflected in an electromagnetic field, the lens facilitates precise substance separation and detection based on mass differences, enabling detailed composition analysis. Ensuring high […]

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