|Wavelength (Nominal)||365 nm||405 nm||470 nm|
|Max Current||700 mA||1000 mA||1000 mA|
|LED Current||0 – 1000 mA|
|10 – 100 MHz|
|0 – 100 kHz, Sine Wave|
- Very Stable, Non-Switching, LED Driver
- Designed for FLIM in the Frequency Domain
- Compact and Easy to Use
- Head Mount Compatible with Our SM2 Lens Tubes
- Optional Adapters for Microscopes:
Olympus BX and IX, Leica DMI, Nikon Eclipse (Bayonet-Mount),
- USB 2.0 Interface for Remote Control
- Compatible with µManager Automation Suite
Thorlabs' DC3100 Series of Modulated LED Sources is designed for frequency domain Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) and other microscopy applications that require advanced modulated high brightness LED sources. This compact LED source is comprised of a high current and high power driver and a LED head with modulating electronics which is designed for high brightness LEDs with high thermal dissipation losses. The LED is included in the head. There are four standard wavelengths available: 365 nm, 405 nm, 470 nm and 630 nm (other wavelengths on request). Collimated Mounting Adapters for the Microscopes Olympus BX and IX, Leica DMI, Nikon Eclipse (Bayonet-Mount) and Zeiss Axioskop are available as optional accessories (see below). The head mount on these LED sources is also compatible with our SM2 (2.035"-40) Lens Tubes.
This LED driver can be remotely operated using the USB 2.0 connector and the included software package with an intuitive GUI and an extensive driver set. The GUI software, µManager, is a versatile, open source, software platform for automated microscopy. A plugin allows the user to control the LED driver right out of the box.
3 Modes of Operation
- Internal Modulation:
Modulated FLIM Mode (Sine Wave), Adjustable LED Brightness, Modulation Frequency in 0.1 MHz Steps and Modulation Depth in Percent
- External Control:
Customizable External Trigger Mode for non FLIM Applications, Adjustable Modulation Frequency up to 100 kHz, Input Voltage 0 to 10 V (1 V corresponds to 100 mA LED Current)
- Constant Current:
For Visual Inspection, Adjustable LED Current: 0 to 1 A in 1 mA Steps
The driver offers three operation modes for great flexibility in usage and applications. The internal modulation mode is the standard mode for typical frequency modulated FLIM applications. Here the LED's modulation frequency can be set from 10 to 100 MHz in 0.1 MHz steps (depending on the connected LED) together with brightness adjustments and setting the percentual modulation depth via the front panel. An additional external trigger mode offers LED control via an external voltage. Here the modulation is adjustable up to 100 kHz by an input voltage of 0 to 10 V (1 V corresponds to 100 mA LED current). This mode is generally used for non FLIM applications.
For easy visual inspection of the microscopy samples the constant current mode allows to control the brightness of the LED by a non modulating LED current from 0 to 1 A.
The COP series adapters are designed to collimate the light emitted by the LED and mate the LED mounting head directly to the illumination ports on Olympus IX/BX (COP1), Leica DMI (COP2), Zeiss Axioskop (COP4), or Nikon Eclipse (COP5) microscopes. These adapters are available with one of two AR coatings: -A for 350 nm - 700 nm, and -B for 650 - 1050 nm.
The rear of the collimator accepts any of the modulated LED sources described above. To switch between LED sources, simply unscrew the LED housing and replace it with an alternative housing.
If the wavelengths of the standard DC3100 LED head do not match your requirements, we also offer the wavlengths listed in the table below and other custom wavelengths. Please contact your local tech support team for help ordering these specials.
|Color||UV||UV||UV||Royal Blue||Blue||Cyan||Green||Amber||Red||Deep Red||IR|
|365 nm||385 nm||405 nm||455 nm||470 nm||505 nm||530 nm||594 nm||627 nm||660 nm||850 nm|
Note: The DC3100 driver sold with the kits on this page is intended only for use with the LEDs also sold on this page. It is not compatible with the other LEDs manufactured or sold by Thorlabs.