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Upcoming Live Webinars

Thorlabs’ Digital Webinars connect customers to our diverse and expanding portfolio of products while sharing knowledge related to photonics and life
sciences. Each webinar is presented by a Thorlabs expert or external researcher from a variety of fields and institutions. Covering a variety of topics,
each with a dedicated live Q&A session, our webinars have a common goal of providing educational, engaging, and valuable content.

We invite you to join us for discussion at our next webinar or to browse the content from prior ones on the Recorded Webinars tab.

Up Next! Scientific Cameras: Technology and Selection Criteria

This webinar will cover scientific camera technology, such as the differences between and limitations of CCD and CMOS sensors, as well as the important criteria to consider when selecting a camera for your application. 

Presented by Martin Parker, Director of Engineering at Thorlabs Scientific Imaging, Austin, Texas

Coming Soon! How to Build a Microscope: Widefield Microscopy

This webinar will describe the different configurations and optical paths in a widefield system. It will feature a review of Kohler Illumination and the practical application of contrast methods used in widefield microscopy, including Brightfield, Darkfield,
Phase, and DIC.

Presented by Henry Haeberle and Melissa Eberle, Thorlabs Imaging Systems, Sterling, Virginia

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Previously Recorded Webinars

Thorlabs’ Digital Webinar series began in mid-2020. Each webinar and Q&A session is recorded and added to the archive on this page. To see what is coming
next, please see the Upcoming Webinars tab.

Mid-IR White-Light Laser: Design and Applications

Join us for a discussion about the essential building blocks of a mid-infrared white-light laser, a.k.a. supercontinuum, and the key applications that it enables. Within the talk, we’ll discuss the system architecture and design, including a femtosecond-pulse pump laser and a special soft-glass fiber designed and manufactured by Thorlabs for MIR supercontinuum generation.
Recorded November 18, 2020

Presented by Reza Salem, Fiber Laser Division Manager, Jessup, Maryland

Optical Fiber 101: Translating Theory to Practice

Join us for a review of the core concepts and technology behind optical fiber and how to apply them in your fiber-based applications. See how Thorlabs manufactures (or draws) our optical fiber and learn some tips and tricks for handling and using various optical fiber types in the field or lab. 
Recorded October 14, 2020

Presented by David Gardner, Senior Process Engineer for Optical Fiber at Thorlabs, Newton, New Jersey

How to Build a Microscope: An Introduction

Tune in for the kickoff of a multi-part webinar series covering how to build a microscope from the ground up. Our imaging team will provide an intro to microscopy system design that will serve as a foundation for coming webinars.
Recorded September 29, 2020

Presented by Craig Szymanski at Thorlabs Imaging Systems, Sterling, Virginia 

Thoughts About Scientific Thinking

Join us as Dr. Alger discusses his book, Defense of the Scientific Hypothesis: From Reproducibility Crisis to Big Data. This webinar is intended to review, fill in the gaps, and introduce some of the basic notions in scientific thinking.  
Recorded September 17, 2020

Presented by Dr. Bradley Alger, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

New Developments in QEPAS Sensing Real-World Applications

This webinar will describe Quartz-Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (QEPAS) and its various applications involving health and life sciences, environmental monitoring, security, and industrial process control. 
Recorded September 10, 2020

Presented by Dr. Vincenzo Spagnolo, Director of the PolySense Lab, Bari, Italy

Multiphoton Microscopy: Selecting the Right Ultrafast Laser and Optics

Join us in learning how to quantify, optimize, and select the best ultrafast laser source and optics for your 2P or 3P multiphoton microscope system. 
Recorded August 25, 2020

Presented by Scott Domingue, Engineering Manager at Thorlabs Laser Division, Boulder, Colorado

Choosing the Right Scientific Camera

This webinar provides an introduction to camera basics, including a comparison of CMOS and CCD sensors. A particular focus is placed on matching optical resolution with pixel size and on the effect of read noise on image quality. 
Recorded June 9, 2020

Presented by Martin Parker, Director of Engineering at Thorlabs Scientific Imaging, Austin, Texas

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Posted Comments:
Vishnu Raghu  (posted 2020-10-15 01:00:49.863)
Hi, I missed your webinar on Optical Fiber 101: Translating Theory to Practice. Can you please send me a recorded copy of the same. Tnamks Kind regards R.Vishnu Kumar
tcampbell  (posted 2020-10-15 10:22:58.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. This webinar has now been added to our Recorded Webinars section. We aim to have these webinars available within 24 hours of the live event.
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