What is the lifespan of the laser in our microplate readers?

June 18, 2012

BMG LABTECH has three different types of LASERs that can be used in a microplate reader:

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Dr EJ Dell
PhD, Sales Manager Northwest
  • The NEPHELOstar Plus uses a red diode laser that emits at 635 nm. This is a solid-state laser and never needs to be replaced.
  • The PHERAstar FS has two different lasers:
    • For AlphaScreen® measurements, a red diode laser that emits at 688 nm is used. This is a solid-state laser that never has to be replaced.
    • For TR-FRET or TRF measurements such as HTRF®, a nitrogen-pulsed laser is used that emits at 337 nm. This laser has a sealed chamber with nitrogen gas which depletes over time. It has a lifespan of 3-5 years.

 If you think your laser is not performing properly and needs to be serviced, please contact your local BMG LABTECH representative.

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