iChrome CLE

Efficient and compact Four-Color Laser Combiner

  • Four colors in one compact box
  • 405, 488, 561, 640 nm with > 20 mW each
  • COOLAC automatic alignment
  • Unique modulation capabilities
  • Complete off on all wavelength

TOPTICA's iChrome CLE is a compact laser engine that combines four laser lines in one box. All integrated colors are provided via one polarization-maintaining single-mode fiber. It is available with 405, 488, 561 and 640 nm and up to 20 mW guaranteed output power after the fiber for each laser line. The system guarantees a plug & play installation since it includes TOPTICA's proprietary COOLAC automatic alignment technology.

  • iChrome CLE
  • iChrome CLE, four colors

This way the laser combiner system is ready-to-use after one simple click of a button. 561 nm laser light is generated by TOPTICA´s proprietary FDDL (Frequency Doubled Diode Laser) technology. Each laser line, including the 561nm FDDL, can be directly modulated up to a frequency of 1 MHz and TOPTICA's "Complete OFF" mechanism guarantees zero photons in the "off"-state.

The iChrome CLE is designed and optimized for confocal scanning microscopy or other microscopy techniques requiring laser modulation. Modulation behavior is thoroughly tested at TOPTICA, to guarantee best performance at the customer’s site. Of course the unit is equally suited for other imaging techniques, which do not require modulation, but do work with the specified power levels.

  • Specification

    Wavelength 405 nm 488 nm 561 nm 640 nm
    Center Wavelength Range ± 4 nm ± 4 nm ± 2 nm +3 / -5 nm
    Fiber Coupled cw Output Power 20 mW 20 mW 20 mW 20 mW

    Optical CleanUp: Transmission / Bandwidth (typ.) >90 % / 10 nm >90 % / 6 nm  -- >90 % / 8 nm
    Power Stability (drift over  8h @ room temperature +/- 3 °C) < 2 %
    RMS Noise (10 Hz - 10 MHz) < 0.5 %
    < 1.1   
    Ellipticity < 10 %
    Polarization linear   
    Polarization Ratio (typ.) > 100:1   
    Polarization Orientation Tolerance (referred to index key) linear, ± 3° (slow axis aligned to index key)   
    Fiber Specification     
    Fiber Output Connector FC/AFC (8° angled) as standard, others like FC/PC, FC/APC,
    FCP8 or SC on request   
    Fiber Cable Length (max.) 2 m
    Fiber Cable Type 3 mm Stainless Steel reinforced
    Fiber Minimum Bend Radius 50 mm
    Fiber Type Single-mode, Polarization Maintaining   
    Fiber Numerical Aperture (5%) (typ.) 0.080 0.076 0.071 0.066
    Mode-field diameter (typ.) 3.9 µm 5.0 µm 6.2 µm 7.5 µm
    Electronic Specification      
    Digital Modulation      
    Supported Digital Signal Levels TTL   
    Max. Digital Modulation Frequency 1000 kHz
    Rise/Fall Time (10% - 90 %) < 0.2 µs
    Trigger to light (typ.) < 1 µs
    Digital Modulation Extinction Ratio inf.
    Analog Modulation     
    Max. Modulation Frequency (depending on modulation depth) 1000 kHz
    Analog Trigger to Light (typ.) < 1 µs
    General  and Environmental Specification     
    Certification CE compliance / RoHS compliance / CDRH   
    Laser class 3b   
    Digital Communication Interface RS 232 (≤ 115.200 baud), Ethernet   
    Operating Ambient Temperature Range 15 .. 35 °C
    Storage Temperature Range -10 .. 60 °C
    Operating Relative Humidity < 90 %, non condensing
    Dimensions Laser Head 248 x 201 x 110 mm3 (L x W x H)

                                       

  • Additional Information
  • Options

    Standard Features:

    • COOLAC: Constant Optical Output Level by push-button auto-recalibration. This feature ensures full drop-shipment capability and best stability even under heavily changing ambient conditions
    • FINE: Feedback Induced Noise Eraser for laser diode based wavelengths. Immunization to optical feedback, ideal for fiber coupling and reflective surfaces

     Optional Features:

    • FiberOut: Fiber collimator for FC/APC and FC/PC fibers

  • Applications

    • Flow cytometry
    • Confocal microscopy
    • Live-cell imaging
    • TIRF
    • FRAP
    • High throughput screening 
    • Genome analyzers
    • Optogenetics

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