HORIBA Scientific Announces New Generation of Turnkey TCSPC Fluorescence Lifetime Systems

New Delta Series is Faster, Simpler and Most Affordable on Market



February 6th, 2013

EDISON, NJ February 6th, 2013. HORIBA Scientific (HORIBA), the global leader in fluorescence spectroscopy systems, announces the Delta Series, their newest generation of time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) fluorescence lifetime systems. They are designed to be faster, simpler, and more affordable than any other lifetime solution on the market.

The Delta series features the most advanced TCSPC system controller, the widest array of sources (up to 100 MHz operation), the widest lifetime ranges (ps to sec); virtually unlimited configurability with our new F-Link plug-and-play architecture; and the industry’s most advanced lifetime modelling software. The lowest deadtime of any TCSPC system makes the Delta series the fastest lifetime system on the market, with nearly lossless counting at up to 100 MHz and total lifetime measurement times as short as 1 ms.

The Delta series includes DeltaPro, an affordable and simplest to use filter-based lifetime system with performance that rivals most high-end systems. DeltaFlex, a fully modular system, seamlessly integrates excitation and emission monochromators, the widest array of sources (diodes, laser diodes, supercontinuum lasers) and detectors (including NIR), for flexibility and upgradability.

DeltaPro has simplified the complexity of time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) so any lab can take advantage of the power of fluorescence dynamics using TCSPC, at a starting price of $30k USD. The DeltaPro takes advantage of interchangeable pulsed laser-diode and LED light-sources. The NanoLED and DeltaDiode range of sources cover discrete emission wavelengths from 250 nm to the near-IR and enables measurement of lifetimes from ps to µs. By simply adding a SpectraLED source to the system, phosphorescence lifetimes of µs to 1 second can also be measured.


DeltaFlex offers complete flexibility. The system is designed to measure luminescence lifetimes ranging over 11 orders of magnitude, without the need to change cables or cards. Comprised of our high repetition rate sources, high speed detectors and ultra-low deadtime electronics, the DeltaFlex enables fast and efficient acquisition of lifetime data. Its new F-Link bus brings simplicity to modularity, allowing users to simply add any component to the instrument as required by the experiment. The system automatically detects the new addition and makes it accessible from the software. Finally, applications such as biological probes and photovoltaics moving further into the NIR, capability for time-resolved measurements in this range is very important. The DeltaFlex can couple with a range of NIR detectors to offer a solution.

The DeltaFlex system uses our interchangeable range of DeltaDiode excitation sources or NKT Extreme supercontinuum lasers, DeltaHub timing electronics and PPD picosecond detection modules. Add excitation and/or emission monochromators for wavelength selection and complete spectral collection such as TRES. Our TDM-800 monochromator is specifically designed to give low temporal dispersion.

“With the Delta series, we have utilized our over 40 years of lifetime experience to create a family of systems that maintain the sensitivity of TCSPC, but add unparalleled speed, simplicity and affordability with a starting price of $30K USD,” said Ishai Nir, Director of Fluorescence for HORIBA Scientific. “These new systems will make the power of fluorescence lifetime available to any lab while addressing the needs of even hard-core users.”

For more information, please go to: deltatcspc.com

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