Laser Beam Shaping


Laser Beam Shaping

Laser beam shaping is critical for redistributing laser irradiance to achieve a desired effect in laser systems. Understanding how to properly shape your laser beam can help you maximize performance whether your system is for laser materials processing, medical systems, laser communications, or other laser applications.

Join us for a two-part webinar series presented by Edmund Optics' experts and our technical partners in the industry.

Part 1 – Importance and Fundamentals of Laser Beam Shaping

Available On-Demand!

We invite you to attend this 60-minute webinar presented by Mary Turner, Technical Fellow at Edmund Optics® Tucson; Victoria Marcune, Product Support Engineer at Edmund Optics Tucson; and Sergey Antipov, Founder of Palm Scientific and Director of the Radiation Sources Department at Euclid Techlabs LLC.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will have a strong understanding of:

  • The importance of laser beam shaping
  • The fundamentals of different beam shapes
  • The basics of different beam shaping techniques
  • Design considerations and limitations of beam shaping
  • How beam shaping directly affects performance, as highlighted in a real-world application example
Dr. Mary Turner
Dr. Mary Turner

Dr. Mary Turner is a Technical Fellow in Optical Design for Edmund Optics. She has extensive design experience in a wide variety of optical systems including laser beam shaping, machine vision, spectrometers, telescopic systems, and projection systems. Mary received a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona and has past experience as a Senior Scientist for Zemax and Director of Training for the Breault Research Organization. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences where she teaches optical design theory, optical design tools, and polarization device modeling.

Victoria Marcune
Victoria Marcune

Victoria Marcune is a Product Support Engineer for Edmund Optics. She specializes in laser optics and creates technical trainings and marketing content on various laser optics topics. Victoria received a B.S. in Physics from Temple University and worked in their Molecular Quantum Optics Laboratory, where she studied the changes in angular momentum of diatomic molecules during elastic collisions. Her work involved using laser systems to investigate these changes through the use of double resonance spectroscopy with polarized light.

Sergey Antipov
Dr. Sergey Antipov

Dr. Sergey Antipov is the founder of PALM Scientific, a high-precision laser microfabrication company serving the scientific community. PALM operates femtosecond, picosecond, nanosecond and microsecond laser systems with wavelengths from 206 - 1064 nm furnished with motorized optics and sample positioning hardware for processing of virtually any material. Sergey received his PhD in 2007 from Illinois Institute of Technology and performed his thesis work at the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator Facility. Sergey was a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory from 2007 - 2009. From 2010 – 2021, he was the Director of Radiation Sources Department at Euclid Techlabs, a microwave engineering company, where he managed a portfolio of commercial and government-funded R&D projects. He has performed experimental work at Argonne, Brookhaven, and SLAC national laboratories.


Part 2 – Exploration of Different Laser Beam Shaping Techniques


We invite you to attend this 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 presented by various different companies who develop laser beam shaping technologies. Speakers will include representatives from Edmund Optics’ partners AdlOptica, Cailabs, and BEAM Co., among others.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will have a strong understanding of:

  • The different techniques for laser beam shaping
  • The key features, principles, benefits, and drawbacks of these different technologies
  • Key applications for different beam shaping technologies
Victoria Marcune
Victoria Marcune

Product Support Engineer

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Dr. Alexanader Laskin
Dr. Alexander Laskin

Project Manager at AdlOptica

Dr. Alexander Laskin, Project Manager at AdlOptica GmbH in Berlin, Germany, is responsible for the development of laser beam shaping optical assemblies. He was named SPIE Community Champion in both 2020 and 2019 and AdlOptica’s foXXus multifocus optics technology won the 2018 Prism Award. Laskin’s areas of interests include optical system design for laser beam shaping and other applications, developing optical instruments, and multi-focus / multi-spot optics. Laskin received a PhD and undergraduate degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

Patrice Genevet
Patrice Genevet

First Class Research Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research

Patrice Genevet obtained his PhD at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France on localized spatial solitons in semiconductor lasers and amplifiers. After his PhD, he did five years of postdoctorate fellowship (2009-2014) in the Capasso group (SEAS, Harvard University) in collaboration with Prof. Scully (Texas A&M University). In 2014, he obtained the position of senior research scientist at A*STAR, Singapore. In 2015, He joined CNRS as First Class Research Fellow. He is the recipient of the ERC starting Grant 2015 on Functional flat optical components and applications, the ERC Proof of Concept 2019 and the Aimé-Cotton Price 2017 from the French Optical Society. P. Genevet research activities concern the development of optical metasurfaces for sensing, imaging, and LiDAR applications. He authored 96 peer-review manuscripts and 6 international patents (H-factor 44, Citations ~20 000).

Gwenn Pallier
Gwenn Pallier

Product Line Manager at Cailabs

Product Line Manager for material processing applications, Gwenn Pallier holds a Masters’s degree in optical engineering from the Institute of Optics (Paris, France). As a project and product line manager at Cailabs, she brings her expertise to the development and commercialization of innovative optical solutions, that optimize the quality and performance of laser-based material processes.

Gwenn Pallier
Dr. Nelson Tabiryan


Dr. Nelson Tabiryan is the CEO of Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Corporation (BEAM Co.). Co-founded with Dr. Boris Zeldovich in 1996, the company pioneered development of the Fourth Generation Optics technology demonstrating first 4G planar lenses and other breakthrough optics and photonics components and devices. He received Ph.D. and D. Sc. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from top academic institutions in the USSR. Dr. Tabiryan is OSA Fellow, NIAC Fellow, recipient of the Frederiks Medal, and the American Chemical Society’s Cooperative Research Award (with T.J. Bunning and T.J. White); chairman/co-chairman, program committee member, keynote, plenary and invited speaker in numerous conferences with over 300 published papers and 50 issued patents.


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