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Maximize Your Camera Performance

February 21, 2012 – 1pm to 4pm
February 22, 2012 – 9am to 4pm
February 23, 2012 – 9am to 4pm
Marriott Residence Inn Tucson Airport, Tucson, Arizona


  • CCD Basics
    • Off to a great start with a quick fundamentals review
      Learn how to evaluate and optimize a camera like a professional. Modern cameras come in a variety of formats, with a bewildering array of options. This section demonstrates how you can get the maximum performance from ANY scientific camera. Included is instruction on important parameters such as:

      Dark Current
      Read Noise
      Signal to Noise Ratios
      Speed Optimization
      CCD Architectures

      And much, much more…
  • Practical CCD Evaluation Lab
    • Get the full story on Gain, Read Noise, Dark Current and Dynamic Range.
      The best way to learn is hands-on! After understanding the concepts, you will learn to practically evaluate key camera performance parameters. Camera gain, Read Noise, Dark Current and Dynamic Range will all be measured using state of the art equipment, including the latest microscopes from Olympus, as well as the latest camera technology from Photometrics and QImaging. Concepts will also be reviewed in ways applicable to get the most out of your laboratory’s existing imaging equipment.
  • EMCCD Workshop
    • You can quickly overcome read noise and low-light.
      EMCCD technology has revolutionized sensor technology, and allows for detection and quantification of signals an order of magnitude lower than previously possible. Despite the benefits of this technology, there are also some downsides. Additionally, there are important considerations in EM camera performance parameters. During this section, you will learn about how EM cameras perform the way that they do, how to maximize the performance of any EM camera (tailored to your samples) and have the ability to analyze the performance capabilities of a variety of these cameras.
  • Live Cell Imaging Lab
    • Amoebas! Generating the best movie ever!
      Fluorescent imaging of living samples can be a challenge to even the most experienced imaging veterans. In this laboratory, we will focus on balancing the characteristics which you will need to succeed in live cell imaging in your own labs. Using amoebas as a stand in, you will learn to maximize the speed and phototoxicity of the system, and which cameras parameters are important for these experiments.
  • Quantitative Imaging Workshop
    • Discover linearity, DNR and QuantView technology.
      A picture is worth a thousand words, but data tells the story. Many scientists assume that all cameras are quantitative, and repeatable. This is not necessarily true. In this workshop, students will learn how to evaluate the quantitative performance of any CCD camera. Additionally, this knowledge will then be used to quantify samples, and ensure repeatable results. Finally, students will put the principles which they have learned together using the latest advance in scientific imaging, such as QuantView.

All laboratory members who use CCD and EMCCD technologies or would like to know more about how these solutions can make a positive impact in their lab, and the many benefits to their research.

$750 per person and includes lunch.

For additional
information, email
Customer Service
call 604-530-5800.