SC21Adaptive optics in practice: from principle to applications

New training
Level: Basic/Advanced

Technicians, engineers, designers, end users, project managers


Some basic knowledge on coherent optical propagation would be preferable 

Language of the training: French
Maximum capacity: 12
Price: 1100 € HT -
Duration: 2 days - 14 h
  • Understand adaptive optics principle and dimensioning
  • Know the current applications and undestand their stakes
  • Appreciate effective and potential performance in different applicative fields
  • Be able to appreciate the relevance of adaptive optics for new applications
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Adaptive optics in practice: from principle to applications
Addressed topics

Propagation through turbulence

Wavefront sensing


  • Control loop, performance criterion

Performance indexes

  • MTF, Strehl ratio, flux coupled in a monomodal fiber…

Adaptive optics applications

  • High angular resolution in astronomie, eye imaging and surgery, optical links for telecommunications, beam shaping of power lasers
The program

Adaptive optics principle

  • Performance limitation due to aberrations
  • Real-time correction of aberrations with adaptive optics
  • Current applications

Analysis and wavefront correction

  • Shack-Hartmann or pyramid wavefront sensors...
  • Sensorless approaches
  • Deformable mirrors, spatial light modulators (SLM)
  • Servoing control

Specification and dimensioning of adaptative optics systems

Issues and applications

  • Astronomy, telecommunication
  • Eye imaging and surgery
  • ...
Methodology and assessment

Courses and exercises

Interactive experimental demonstrations

Practical hands-on on instruments

Next session: date to be defined

  • May 09, 2019 to May 10, 2019 SC21 | Adaptive optics in practice: from principle to applications Palaiseau
Pedagogical manager(s):
  • Jean-Marc Conan - Senior engineer at Onera
  • Caroline Kulcsár - Professor at Institut d'Optique

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