Novanta Photonics


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Tailored laser sources and beam delivery solutions for OEMs

125 Middlesex Turnpike,
MA 01730,
United States of America

Novanta designs and manufactures precise, reliable laser sources and beam delivery solutions to meet the highest OEM standards for medical equipment. Faced with complex challenges to achieve delicate applications, Novanta laser sources and beam delivery solutions offer precision with absolute control and high resolution for medical applications.

Novanta’s Laser Quantum brand solid state continuous wave lasers, ultrafast lasers, and Synrad brand CO2 lasers deliver precise beam characteristics with years-long reliable operation. Our broad range of laser sources are used for a multitude of precision based medical applications, including DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, cell sorting, fractional skin resurfacing, microscopy, ophthalmology, optogenetics, and biomedical imaging.

Precise control with the highest level of accuracy for laser beam delivery promotes confidence in every procedure undertaken. Novanta’s Cambridge Technology brand laser beam delivery systems include industry leading galvanometers, high-precision mirrors, XY modules, 2 and 3-axis scanning heads, and laser system controller/software packages are delivered as components or integrated sub-systems to medical equipment OEMs.

As a designer, manufacturer, and developer of laser sources, beam delivery components, and laser system controller/software packages Novanta holds a unique position in the photonics industry. For OEMs and equipment designers, Novanta can design and manufacture unique laser sub-systems with seamless integration between laser source and beam delivery system and include the controller and software package to enable ease of use. For new processes  Novanta offers proof-of-concept application and material testing though Novanta’s network of testing centers that utilize the latest Novanta laser sources, beam delivery systems, controllers, and software. Staffed with experienced Novanta Application Engineers, the testing centers will determine the best components for your laser processing needs.

Novanta offers unique OEM solutions for a wide range of medical equipment:

Solve complex Microscopy and Cellular Imaging challenges with improved resolution and faster testing times. Resolution, sample damage, and fluorophore-specific wavelengths are critical as is speed and accuracy for laser beam steering components. OEMs and end-users of their equipment need can optimize their systems to ensure that complex beam shaping can be achieved without the loss of power with Novanta solid state continuous wave lasers. Designed as compact platforms for easy integration, Novanta solid state continuous wave lasers are analysis solutions for high-throughput, complex cell-based imaging systems. Integrating a light solution adds value to an OEM system by improving flexibility and delivering higher system throughput.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is growing in the medical industry. OEMs developing PDT systems require light sources with demanding specifications to deliver solutions that are medically graded safe. Collaborating with engineers, we can help develop those specific light sources to specific wavelengths and specifications. As more benefits of PDT become known, Novanta’s Laser Quantum solid state continuous wave laser sources offer a safer and lower cost way to deliver precision results.

Alongside the growth of DNA sequencing, Optogenetics is growing complementary to this. Laser light is being used to the target cells within the body that have been genetically altered to react and cause neuron excitation or inhibition. Using this combination of neuron targeting, protein selection, genetic modification, and selective highly focused light, great benefits over previous neuron manipulation techniques, which relied on electrical stimulation, can be achieved. This technique of optogenetics is a growing area of scientific research that controls and studies the behavior of neurons by the illumination with light. To provide illumination, the use of lasers has several benefits including relatively high power to enable beam splitting to form arrays, offering control over the illumination in the living brain; wavelength specific lasers to be paired with individual proteins; beam delivery can be controlled through fibers to deliver excitation to the desired area; capable of modulation to enhance fluorescence microscope performance.

Beam steering components have been a crucial part of Ophthalmology equipment for many years. New laser technology and modern beam delivery solutions with adaptive-optics and controllable actuators enable higher resolution images and complex beam shapes, advancing retinal fluorescence and disease diagnosis technology. Techniques such as this are moving from argon-ion lasers to continuous wave lasers with scanning heads to develop areas like early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eyesight stealing diseases.

For OEMs looking to build the next generation of compact laser systems for Dermatology or Plastic Surgery applications, Novanta offers high performance CO2 laser sources and high-precision galvanometers designed for compact machines and systems. Accuracy, speed, and reliability are the hallmarks of our high precision laser system components. As a single source supplier of mission critical laser components, Novanta offers distinct advantages over individual component manufacturers, including perfectly matched laser source and galvanometer; single source for technical and integration support; a broad selection of CO2 laser sources and galvanometers.

For soft tissue Dental procedures CO2 lasers offer numerous advantages, including minimized bleed, reduced risk of infection, shortened surgery time, and faster recovery. Novanta offers a range of Synrad brand CO2 laser sources to OEMs for next generation laser systems for dental applications. Technology innovators focused on CO2 lasers for their next generation equipment can count on Novanta delivering solutions that fit their precise needs with unmatched power stability for consistent, reliable results; minimal size and lightweight to fit compact systems; worldwide technical and integration support.

Precise Solid State Continuous Wave Lasers

Novanta’s Laser Quantum solid state continuous wave lasers are designed specifically for integration into OEM instrumentation, delivering reliable laser output from a compact platform. Available in 532 nm, 561, nm, 640 nm, 660 nm, 671 nm, and 1064 nm wavelength options, and multiple output power levels. These high precision solid state lasers are designed to meet specific performance characteristics for medical and scientific research applications.

Resonant Scanners for High-Speed Imaging Applications

Novanta’s Cambridge Technology CRS Series of novel resonant scanners are ideally suited for highspeed imaging in real time. The unique CRS scanner design oscillates at a fixed, resonant frequency with a sinusoidal waveform to enable a rapid scanning rate. The mirror is engineered out of lightweight beryllium, and broadband coatings reflect a wide range of laser wavelengths. When paired with a galvanometer, the CRS enables high-speed raster scanning over a two-dimensional field and is well-suited for microscopy and scanning laser ophthalmology applications.

Reliable 10-Watt, 30-Watt, and 60-Watt CO2 Lasers

Laser treatments for skin stimulate the skin’s healing process, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation. The long wavelength of Novanta’s Synrad CO2 lasers absorbs well at the surface due to high water content, triggering the body’s natural response to produce new collagen to rejuvenate the treated area. Reliable, RF driven CO2 lasers deliver stable output power for fractional skin resurfacing equipment.

Unique, Integrated Laser Sub-Systems

Novanta is in a unique position as a designer and manufacturer of laser sources, beam delivery components, enclosed laser scan heads, controllers, and software. All the components needed for a laser processing sub-system. As a service to our customers, Novanta can offer to test, configure, build, and deliver customized laser processing sub-systems matched specifically to meet the needs of our customers, and avoid the time and resources needed to self-configure a similar solution.

White Papers

  • Quantitative Laser Raman Spectroscopy of Gases

    Laser Raman spectroscopy is a powerful analytical technique that is used in a variety of applications for the compositional analysis of solid, liquid and gaseous samples. This whitepaper looks at some examples of how Raman systems can be used to quantitatively measure the composition of gas mixtures with high measurement precision, sensitivity and trueness.

  • The Benefits of Ultrashort Pulses in Two-Photon Microscopy

    The use of ultrashort laser pulses for two-photon microscopy (TPM) offers many benefits including; deeper imaging, higher excitation efficiency, reduced photo damage, simultaneous excitation of multiple fluorophores, with the promotion of auto-fluorescence.

  • Superresolution Microscopy Reaches 14 nm

    The past decade has seen a growing interest in nitrogen vacancy colour centres (NV-centres) in diamond as prominent candidates for solid state quantum bits, single photon sources and even ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors.

  • Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy

    Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy (LLSM) is a fluorescence imaging technique which enables visualization of cellular processes in living biological samples at high spatio-temporal resolution and rapid sampling rates.

  • Differential Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering

    In this white paper, we highlight how a team of scientists at Cardiff University1 used the unique broadband properties of the 5fs pulses generated by Laser Quantum’s venteon power to simultaneously undertake Differential Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (D-CARS), Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) and Two-Photon Fluorescence (TPF), to provide cell and tissue images with added chemical specificity.