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Confocal Microscopy, Imaging
Revolution DSD white light confocal microscopy system
Andor Technology's Revolution DSD white light confocal spinning disk is based on ‘aperture correlation’.
Andor Technology's Revolution DSD white light confocal spinning disk is based on ‘aperture correlation’. Using white light, as opposed to lasers, significantly cuts the cost and brings this powerful form of microscopy within the budget of far more potential users, according to the company. One of the keys to the outstanding performance of the new system is its use of active background subtraction. This has the ability to deliver purely confocal or wide field images. As a result, switching between techniques is unusually simple for a confocal system, and it simplifies binding and accurate focusing of the specimen. The patented spinning disk can be selected: one provides 50% transmission; the other 25%, making it ideal for sectioning thicker specimens. Although this system does not yet match the performance of laser spinning disk-based alternatives, it is ideal for applications where moderate frame rates per second and where low magnification renders other instruments less useful.
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Andor Technology plc. (Andor) is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and operates at the high-value end of the global scientific digital camera market. Andor was setup in 1989 out of Queen's University in Belfast, and now employs over 200 people in 15 offices worldwide and distributes its products to 10,000 customers in 55 countries.

As portrayed in our mission statement, the principal business of Andor is the development and manufacture of high performance digital cameras. Further, we look to share our expertise to develop the best solutions for your light measuring problems, distributing our products to a customer base encompassing both the scientific research & industrial communities.

The founders of Andor, working in the Physics department of Queen's University, Belfast, found that the cameras then available were inadequate for their demanding applications, so developed their own. After using them in various imaging and spectroscopic applications they found they were being requested by researchers in other departments in Queen's and other universities. Andor was formed in 1989 to take advantage of these requirements.

The company has grown organically and is today the fastest growing company manufacturing high performance digital cameras. Along the way we have pioneered the development of high performance cameras.

Andor Technology PLC was admitted to AIM on Friday 3rd December 2004 (the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market a global market for smaller, growing companies) and has commenced dealings in its Ordinary Shares.