Block's Quantum Cascade Laser modules are used by manufacturers of life science and biomedical instruments to power diagnosis, imaging, and analysis systems.
Infrared microscopes, infrared coupled atomic force microscopes (AFM), photoacoustic spectrometers (PAS), cavity ring-down spectrometers (CRDS), and other technologies are currently powered by Block's lasers.
The QCLs offered by Block are sufficiently powerful for standoff imaging, but do not damage tissue or tissue samples. Block's lasers allow for non-contact imaging and analysis across a wide range: 5.4 µm (1,850 cm-1) to 12.8 µm (780 cm-1 ) of the mid-infrared spectrum.
Block's ultra-compact and low cost IR lasers are enabling portable instrumentation for infectious disease rapid detection through breath analysis, cancer detection, monitoring of glucose and other blood chemistries, and analysis of protein structures. The extremely fast response rate of laser-based systems allow for nearly real-time results.
The following is a list of some of the life science instrumentation applications that can be powered by our quantum cascade lasers.
Analysis of biochemical liquids
Analysis of aerosols and gases
Cell, protein and tissue analysis