PlexBright Light Measurement Kit for Optogenetic Stimulation
November 14, 2013

DALLAS, TX — (November 14, 2013) – Plexon Inc, the leader in advanced hardware and software solutions for neuroscience and behavioral research, announces the release of the PlexBright Light Measurement Kit enabling the accurate measurement of high intensity LED light output across the range of PlexBright Optogenetic Stimulation System products.

As research utilizing optogenetics continues to grow exponentially, many more labs are exploring different optogenetic stimulation products with the same critical endpoint in mind – achieving the highest power output at the tissue interface for a targeted wavelength. Thus, it is paramount that output intensities are known, verified and confirmed.

To provide absolute certainty regarding optogenetic stimulation at any and all points throughout the stimulation pathway, Plexon has partnered with ThorLabs to develop a customized Light Measurement Kit designed to accurately measure the output from any PlexBright LED Module, Optical Patch Cable or Fiber Stub Implant. The kit combines a specific power meter, photodetector and custom developed photodetector adaptors to properly connect and position PlexBright components for accurate measurement. The PlexBright Light Measurement Kit is an essential part of any PlexBright Optogenetic Stimulation System permitting the verification of expected output, as well as enabling dependable troubleshooting.

Further, with the removal of the PlexBright Photodetector Adaptors, the photodetector may be used with an unlimited number of third party products – thus, providing an excellent tool to truly compare one system’s output to another. Unlike Plexon, many companies tend to report the output emanating directly from the LED rather than following drops in intensity due to connections such as when attaching optical patch cables and/or fiber stubs. Having the tools to directly measure output from a full set-up with all connections in place eliminates the need to dissect the details regarding what is or is not incorporated in reported intensities. Use of the PlexBright Light Measurement Kit empowers researchers to know exactly what stimulation the tissue experienced – with confidence.

The PlexBright Light Measurement Kit is available as a complete package, or for those already utilizing the ThorLabs S140C integrating sphere photodetector, the PlexBright Photodetector Adaptors may be purchased separately.

About Plexon Inc
Plexon is a pioneer and leading innovator of custom, high performance data acquisition, behavior and analysis solutions specifically designed for scientific research. We collaborate with and supply thousands of customers including the most prestigious neuroscience laboratories around the globe driving new frontiers in areas including basic science, brain-machine interfaces (BMI), neurodegenerative diseases, addictive behaviors and neuroprosthetics. Plexon offers integrated solutions for in vivo neurophysiology, optogenetics and behavioral research — backed by its industry-leading commitment to quality and customer support.