SPIE Short Course

Date: 24th(Tue) 13:00-17:00
Place: 316 Room

Shaping Light, with applications in Advanced Microscopy and Optical Manipulation

Shaping the transverse dimension of an optical field is an important topic in many areas. This course will cover: the basic Gaussian beam, the need for other beams such as: Hermite-Gaussian and Laguerre-Gaussian laser modes, Bessel beams, Airy beams, and other notable beams and how they may be generated. In addition, we will cover some approaches used for adaptive optics / wavefront correction, often termed complex photonics which aims to increase the depth penetration of optical fields. We will consider uses of Deformable Mirror Arrays, Spatial Light Modulators, Acousto-Optic Deflectors, etc. Applications include sub-diffraction imaging / super-resolution microscopy, OCT, optical manipulation, multi-photon microscopy, and light sheet imaging at a more intermediate/advanced level.


This course will enable you to:

  1. assess a variety of approaches to beam shaping and wavefront correction
  2. explain simple alignment protocols for optimizing some optical beam types of broad interest
  3. describe various aspects of data acquisition and analysis when using shaped light
  4. identify key options for enhanced degrees of beam control, resolution, and sensitivity for both imaging and manipulation


This material is appropriate to researchers who are considering work in a wide variety of areas where wavefront correction or generation of novel beams is of interest.


Intermediate to Advanced


Half-day; 3.5 hours


Kishan Dholakia is the 2016 winner of the OSA R. W. Woods Prize, the 2017 winner of the Institute of Physics Thomas Young Medal and Prize, a Professor of Physics at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and co-Chair of the Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation at the SPIE Optics and Photonics Meeting. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of OSA, and of SPIE.

SPIE Short course price

Early Registration Onsite Prices
SPIE Member +
OPIC attendee
¥35,000 ¥40,000
Non-SPIE member/OPIC attendee
or SPIE Member/Non-OPIC attendee
¥37,500 ¥42,500
Non-SPIE member/
Non-OPIC attendee
¥40,000 ¥45,000