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New Olympus SUPER 20x UIS2 Microscope Objective Offers Brighter, Sharper Images, Easier Patch Clamping

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., October 20, 2009 – Olympus has introduced a new UIS2 version of its popular SUPER 20x water immersion microscope objective. The objective delivers even higher overall performance with enhanced, brighter fluorescence signal collection, higher resolution and easier specimen access for a wide variety of research applications.  Its numerical aperture (NA) has been increased to 1.0 for optimal resolution and light gathering ability, while maintaining 2.0mm of working distance for imaging deep into tissue. Designed for use with electrophysiology and specialized fluorescence applications, the objective has an insulative tip design, improved micromanipulator access (from 31 to 38 degrees) and improved light transmission characteristics, especially in the near infrared (IR) region of the spectrum. The SUPER 20x is designed to look through specimens that are prepared without a coverslip.

The new objective builds on the success of the first SUPER 20x objective, which was introduced seven years ago and has set standards for low magnification, high numerical aperture and long working distance imaging applications. Proprietary Olympus UIS2 glass formulations and the latest Olympus Ultra Wide coating technologies have increased the objective’s transmission characteristics by as much as 8-10 percent in the near IR range. The access angle has been improved by more than 22 percent for easier patch clamping and micromanipulation.

 “Scientists have selected the SUPER 20x series of objectives to help them answer their research questions for years, and the new UIS2 version delivers several exciting new enhancements,” said Nicolas George, M.Sc., Group Marketing Manager - Light Microscopes for Olympus America Inc.

Like all Olympus UIS2 optics, the objective is constructed using the company’s proprietary lead-free ECO glass materials as part of the Olympus worldwide commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and products.

For more information on the Olympus Super 20x UIS2 microscope objective, contact Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley PA 18034-0610; phone 1-800-446-5967; visit www.olympusamerica.com/super20X or email nicolas.george@olympus.com.

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Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

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