Assess Cell Cultures with Axio Vert.A1 from Carl Zeiss
All contrasting techniques with total flexibility
Jena, 12 December 2011
The Axio Vert.A1 is an inverted microscope from Carl Zeiss with extensive performance capabilities. For the first time, a compact cell culture microscope combines all standard contrasting techniques in a single stand.
In transmitted light, the Axio Vert.A1 offers brightfield, phase contrast, polarization contrast, PlasDIC, VAREL and improved Hoffmann modulation contrast (iHMC). The microscope is the only system in its class to also offer differential interference contrast (DIC). This makes it possible to record very fine structures in cells, enabling users to better assess cell cultures. The Axio Vert.A1 is excellently suited for use in reproductive medicine, particularly in in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The iHMC, PlasDIC and DIC contrasting techniques are integrated to allow observation of egg cells and sperm without any need to reconfigure the system. This protects the specimens and saves both time and effort.
In fluorescence applications, the Axio Vert.A1 uses long-life LED illumination. The entire image field is illuminated homogeneously; no alignment is necessary. As LED excitation light does not contain any undesired UV components, cell survival rate increases significantly.
Axio Vert.A1 by Carl Zeiss is helping to ease routine workflows in laboratories
The Axio Vert.A1 has been specially designed so that it can be positioned directly beside the incubator or the sterile bench. Adapters allow comfortable, upright work in either a seated or standing position. Due to the ergo tube, the eyepieces can be tilted to allow comfortable and convenient microscopy. This facilitates routine tasks and supports workflows in cases where urgency is of the essence.
The Carl Zeiss Group is a leading group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industries. Carl Zeiss offers innovative solutions for the future-oriented markets of Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Eye Care and Lifestyle Products. During fiscal year 2009/10 the group of companies generated revenues of around EUR 2.98 billion. From fiscal year 2010/11 onward, eyeglass lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss Vision will be integrated as an autonomous business group (revenues of EUR 880 million in fiscal year 2009/10). The Carl Zeiss Group now has approximately 24,000 employees, including more than 10,000 in Germany. The Carl Zeiss business groups hold leading positions in their markets. Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen, is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).
Carl Zeiss Microscopy
The Carl Zeiss Microscopy business group is part of the Carl Zeiss Group. Carl Zeiss Microscopy is the world’s only one-stop supplier of light and electron microscopy systems. It has a comprehensive product portfolio which supports research and routine applications in life sciences. Materials research in industry and academia is another key area. The product range includes light microscopy, 3D microscope systems and spectrometers – each with its own software solutions. The wide range of particle beam systems ranges from scanning electron microscopes to innovative helium ion microscopes. In their use, customers are supported by an extensive global support and service network. Carl Zeiss Microscopy is headquartered in Jena, Germany. Other production and development sites are located in Oberkochen, Göttingen and Munich as well as in the UK and the USA. The joint business group has a global workforce of 2,500 employees.
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