Thorlabs Offers VEGA OCT Imaging Systems with User-Programmable Software Development Kit

Press Release Summary:

The VEGA™ OCT Imaging Systems include VEG210 (100 kHz) and VEG220 (200 kHz) models that are based on MEMS-VCSEL swept-wavelength laser source technology. The imaging systems are offered with swept source, scanning electronics and an interferometer with a balanced detector. The OCT systems are embedded with ThorImage® OCT 5.1 image acquisition software and user‐programmable Thorlabs OCT SDK. They allow users to access the raw data for custom data analysis.

Original Press Release:

Thorlabs Extends VEGA Swept Source OCT Offering

Newton, NJ – January 7, 2019 – Thorlabs announced today that it has added to its well‐established VEGA™ OCT line by releasing complete imaging systems, VEG210C1 and VEG220C1. Based on Thorlabs’ MEMS‐VCSEL swept‐wavelength laser source technology, these new systems are available in both 100 kHz (VEG210) and 200 kHz (VEG220) variants. Both offer the same low roll‐off and high sensitivity performance found in previous members of the VEGA OCT family.

The MEMS‐VCSEL swept source and the imaging module are both packaged into a single housing including the scanning electronics and an interferometer with a balanced detector. Several key hardware controls can be adjusted using the included ThorImage®OCT software, such as polarization controllers, sensor gain, as well as reference arm length and intensity.

“The VEGA series swept source OCT imaging systems have proven to be an excellent tool for a multitude of imaging applications. With this system series update, we aimed to increase the performance and ease of use for customers,” said Michael Leitner, OCT Product and Sales Manager at Thorlabs. “The OCT applications team is available to assist with sample test runs and would be pleased to discuss how our OCT systems can be adapted to meet your needs.”

Like all other Thorlabs OCT systems, the user can choose to purchase a complete, preconfigured system, which includes a scanner with dedicated imaging objective, scanner stand, and sample manipulation stage, or to opt for a user‐configurable solution where the customer chooses from a large selection of modular components.

All Thorlabs OCT systems are shipped with a high‐performance computer preinstalled with the new ThorImage®OCT 5.1 image acquisition software as well as a user‐programmable Thorlabs OCT software development kit (SDK). To allow for custom data analysis, the user also has access to the raw data. For more information on Thorlabs' new Swept Source OCT Imaging Systems, please visit

About Thorlabs: Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, was founded in 1989 to serve the laser and electro‐optics research market. As that market has spawned a multitude of technical innovations, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. The organization’s highly integrated and diverse manufacturing assets include semiconductor fabrication of laser diodes, optical amplifiers, lithium niobate modulators, quantum cascade/interband cascade lasers, and VCSEL lasers; fiber towers for drawing both silica and fluoride glass optical fibers; MBE/MOCVD epitaxial wafer growth reactors; extensive glass and metal fabrication facilities; advanced thin film deposition capabilities; and optomechanical and optoelectronic shops.


Laurie Morgus, Ph.D. Physics

Marketing & Ecommerce Sales Manager

Thorlabs, Inc.


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