ALCOR

Ultra-compact femtosecond laser for biophotonics

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ALCOR is the most advanced femtosecond fiber laser emitting at 920 nm or 1064 nm specifically designed for Multiphoton microscopy with direct injection within any microscope for large span of applications.

ALCOR series are ideal for two-photon imaging of green fluorophores (GFP) and calcium indicators such as GCaMP (at 920 nm) while being the perfect fit for all red-shifted indicators such as RCaMP, dtTomato, MCherry for two-photon excitation microscopy (at 1 µm).

SPARK LASERS is leading the market since ALCOR offers single or dual wavelengths, advanced features (power modulation, pulse delivery), maintenance-free and best-in-class per its cost of ownership/performance report.

 

Core specifications:

  • High repition rate: 80 MHz
  • High power: from 1W, 2W, or 4W
  • 100 fs (standard)

Usability:

  • Ultra-compact, robust & air cooled fiber laser
  • Plug’n play: < 5 min set up, sync. out
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Additional wavelength in option

 

SPECIFICATIONS AT 920 NM AND/OR 1064 NM

SPECIFICATIONS ALCOR ALCOR XSight ALCOR FLeXSight
POLARIZATION Linear Linear Linear
POWER STABILITY & RMS NOISE < 1% RMS < 1% < 1% RMS < 1% < 1% RMS < 1%
POWER OUTPUT FREE SPACE FREE SPACE 2 M LONG FIBER DELIVERY - COLLIMATED BEAM
WARM-UP TIME < 5 min < 5 min < 5 min
POWER ADJUSTMENT Alignment mode or Full power 0 to 100 % 0 to 100 %
ELLIPTICITY > 0.9 > 0.9 > 0.9
MODULATION N/A TTL & ANALOG TTL & ANALOG
OUTPUT BEAM DIAMETER 1 mm (+/- 0.2) 1 mm (+/- 0.2) 1.3, 2.4 or 4 mm
<1.2 <1.2 <1.3
REPETITION RATE Fixed 80 MHz (OTHER OPTIONAL) Fixed 80 MHz (OTHER OPTIONAL)  
GROUP DELAY DISPERSION PRECOMPENSATION Electronically tunable from 0 down ti - 60 000 fs² (OTHER OPTIONAL) Electronically tunable from 0 down ti - 60 000 fs² (OTHER OPTIONAL) Electronically tunable from 0 down ti - 60 000 fs² (OTHER OPTIONAL)
PULSE DURATION 100 fs 100 fs 100 fs
AVERAGE POWER 1W OR 2W 0.75W OR 1.5W 0.4W OR 0.8W
WAVELENGHT 920 nm OR 1064 NM - (1040 nm OPTIONAL) 920 nm OR 1064 NM - (1040 nm OPTIONAL) 920 nm OR 1064 NM - (1040 nm OPTIONAL)
ELECTRICAL
EXTERNAL INTERFACES High speed external synchronisation (Synch. Out.), communication through USB, RS232, TCP/IP with remote control for fast intervention High speed external synchronisation (Synch. Out.), communication through USB, RS232, TCP/IP with remote control for fast intervention High speed external synchronisation (Synch. Out.), communication through USB, RS232, TCP/IP with remote control for fast intervention
SOFTWARE INTERFACES Intuitive GUI, Serial communication protocol Intuitive GUI, Serial communication protocol Intuitive GUI, Serial communication protocol
POWER CONSUMPTION 100 to 240 VAC, < 150 W 100 to 240 VAC, < 150 W 100 to 240 VAC, < 150 W
MECHANICAL
LASER HEAD DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT 252 x 151 x 91 mm3 – < 5 kg (with collimated beam) 387 x 151 x 91 mm3 – < 7 kg (with collimated beam) 387 x 151 x 91 mm3 – < 7 kg (with collimated beam)
LASER CONTROLLER DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT 19''/3U rack - 7,5 kg 19''/3U rack - 7,5 kg 19''/3U rack - 7,5 kg
STANDARD UMBILICAL LENGTH 3 m 3 m 3 m
COOLING Air cooled Air cooled Air cooled
OPTIONS
GDD Group Delay Dispersion pe-compensation (variable down to -90 000 fs²) Group Delay Dispersion pe-compensation (variable down to -90 000 fs²) Group Delay Dispersion pe-compensation (variable down to -90 000 fs²)
CUSTOM PULSE REPETITION FREQUENCY 40 MHz 40 MHz 40 MHz
DUAL HEAD Available at 920 nm + 1064 nm (or 1040 nm upon request) with 1 and only rack controller Available at 920 nm + 1064 nm (or 1040 nm upon request) with 1 and only rack controller Available at 920 nm + 1064 nm (or 1040 nm upon request) with 1 and only rack controller

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS ALCOR 4W

 

SPECIFICATION ALCOR ALCOR XSight
POLARIZATION Linear, >100:1 Linear, >100:1
POWER STABILITY & RMS NOISE < 1% RMS < 1% < 1% RMS < 1%
POWER OUTPUT FREE SPACE FREE SPACE
WARM-UP TIME < 5 min < 5 min
POWER ADJUSTMENT Alignment mode or Full power 0 to 100 %
ELLIPTICITY > 0.9 > 0.9
MODULATION N/A TTL & ANALOG
OUTPUT BEAM DIAMETER 1 mm 1 mm
<1.3 <1.3
REPETITION RATE Fixed 80 MHz (OTHER OPTIONAL) Fixed 80 MHz (OTHER OPTIONAL)
PULSE DURATION <140 fs (with standard GDD precompensation from 0 down to - 30 000 fs² (OTHERS OPTIONAL) <140 fs (with standard GDD precompensation from 0 down to - 30 000 fs² (OTHERS OPTIONAL)
AVERAGE POWER 4W 3W
WAVELENGHT 920 nm 920 nm
ELECTRICAL
EXTERNAL INTERFACES High speed external synchronisation (Synch. Out.), communication through USB, RS 232, TCP/IP with remote control for fast intervention High speed external synchronisation (Synch. Out.), communication through USB, RS 232, TCP/IP with remote control for fast intervention
SOFTWARE INTERFACES Intuitive GUI, Serial communication protocol Intuitive GUI, Serial communication protocol
POWER CONSUMPTION 100 to 240 VAC, < 150 W 100 to 240 VAC, < 150 W
MECHANICAL
LASER HEAD DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT 252 x 151 x 91 mm3 – < 5 kg (with collimated beam) 387 x 151 x 91 mm3 – < 7 kg (with collimated beam)
LASER CONTROLLER DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT 19''/3U rack - 7,5 kg 19''/3U rack - 7,5 kg
STANDARD UMBILICAL LENGTH 2 m 2 m
COOLING Air Cooled Air Cooled
OPTIONS
CUSTOM PULSE REPETITION FREQUENCY 40 MHz 40 MHz
CUSTOM PULSE DURATION Any other pulse duration available upon request Any other pulse duration available upon request

 

Application Images

Recordings of temporal changes of neuronal activity in the neonatal mouse cerebral
cortex using GCaMP6s and ALCOR 920 2W

Courtesy of Mizuno et al., Kumamoto University, Japan

 

Images of neurons in slices of mouse cortex expressing the fluorescent protein mCherry (obtained at 1040 nm)

Courtesy of Boston University, USA