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Instructional Webinars

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SPIE Education Services created the Instructional Webinar Series to provide an introduction to various optics and photonics topics while also offering a preview of some of our most popular courses.

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New recordings are added regularly. 

In our next webinar, Jessica DeGroote Nelson, director of technology and strategy at Optimax Systems Inc, will provide an introduction to her full SPIE course, Seeing, Analyzing and Controlling Mid-Spatial Frequency (MSF) and Surface Roughness Errors on Optical Surfaces (SC1171).

Take this course live at SPIE Optifab on Thursday, 21 October 2021.

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Upcoming webinar

Introduction to Mid-spatial Frequency (MSF) Errors

22 September 2021
9:00AM PT

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Optical Testing for Ground and Space Telescopes

Next generation astronomical telescopes enable new discoveries and deeper scientific understanding of our universe. This webinar discusses high dynamic range optical testing technologies to guide and evaluate precision optics manufacturing process.

With this webinar, Daewook Kim, assistant professor at the University of Arizona, provides an introduction to his full SPIE course, Introduction to Interferometric Optical Testing (SC213). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 27 July 2021.

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Introduction to Optical Alignment Techniques

This webinar introduces the equipment, techniques, tricks, and skills necessary to align optical systems and devices. You learn to identify errors in an optical system, and how to align lens systems.

Kenneth Castle, president of Ruda-Cardinal, Inc., provides an overview of his full SPIE online course, Introduction to Optical Alignment Techniques (SC010). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 18 May 2021.

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Designing and Specifying Digital Cameras

This webinar introduces concepts about how to design a digital camera from a systems perspective with emphasis on the optical specification and how that relates to the sensor.

Principal Engineer of Corporate Projects at Amazon.com Leo Baldwin gives a brief overview of his SPIE online course, Designing and Specifying Digital Cameras (SC1231). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 17 March 2021.

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Design Drivers for Autonomous Vehicle Lidar Systems

This is a high-level discussion of some parameters that drive the design of lidar systems used on autonomous vehicles.

In this webinar, Joseph Shaw gives a brief overview of his SPIE online course, Introduction to Lidar for Autonomous Vehicles (SC1232). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 15 October 2020.

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Optical Architectures and Technologies for Smart Glasses, AR, VR and MR Headsets

In this webinar, Bernard Kress, Principal Optical Architect at Microsoft, provides an overview of the current product offerings as well as the various optical architectures.

This webinar also serves as an introduction to his full SPIE online course, Optical Technologies and Architectures for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) (SC1218). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 12 January 2021.

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The Future of Diagnostic Braking Radiation

In this webinar, Rolf Behling, a veteran in the medical industry and founder of XtraininX – Behling Technical Consulting, discuss braking radiation, its future for diagnostic X-ray imaging, and alternatives.

This webinar also serves as an introduction to his full SPIE online course, Modern Diagnostic X-ray Sources (SC1183). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 9 February 2021.

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An Overview of Systems Engineering for Astronomy

Jon Arenberg of Northrop Grumman and Paul Lightsey of Ball Aerospace are both chief engineers at NASA's James Webb Telescope, and in this webinar they provide an overview of systems engineering for astronomical systems.

This webinar also serves as a brief overview of their full SPIE online course, Systems Engineering and Large Telescope Observatories (SC1139). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 3 December 2020.

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Stray Light Analysis and Control

Get the basic principles of designing, building, and testing optical systems whose stray light performance is adequate for their intended purpose.

In this webinar, Eric Fest gives a brief overview of his SPIE online course with the same name, Stray Light Analysis and Control (SC1199). Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 10 November 2020.

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Optomechanical Engineering: From Architecture to Final Assembly

Optomechanical engineering requires a range of skills for the delivery of working hardware.

In this webinar, Keith Kasunic gives a brief introduction to his SPIE short course, Mounting Optical Components (SC1019), that reviews these skills. Preview the content by watching the webinar below, recorded 9 September 2020.

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How to Make Cost-Effective Optical Components

In this webinar, Jessica DeGroote Nelson briefly reviews how lenses are made. She touches upon common optical drawing specifications and tolerances, and how they lead to making more cost effective optical components.

Watch the webinar below, recorded 18 August 2020, as an introduction to Jessica's online course, Optical Materials, Fabrication and Testing for the Optical Engineer (SC1086).

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