UC Santa Cruz

Dept of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astronomy 289, Winter 2016

Adaptive Optics and its Applications




January 12th 2016 through March 10th, 2016

Tu Th 10:00 - 11:45 AM
Center for Adaptive Optics
Conference Room (top floor)

UC Santa Cruz

Neptune with and without AO



Office: ISB 379
Phone: (831) 459-2991
email: max at ucolick.org

Tu Th noon - 1:00 PM

Either in CfAO Conference Room or in my office, Interdisciplinary Science Bldg 379




FINAL EXAM due 11:59pm Thursday March 17





Required Text:

Reader for this course is available at the Bay Tree Bookstore (Click on "Readers)


Syllabus: click here

Links to other lectures/tutorials on Adaptive Optics

General Adaptive Optics links

Links to information about Concept Maps




Reading Assignments

from Course Reader, available from slugstore.ucsc.edu



Reading 1 Thursday January 14th Introduction to AO
Reading 2 Tuesday January 19

Geometrical Optics readings

zip file (PW protected)

Reading 3 Tuesday Jan 26 and Thurs Jan 28 Reading on Optical Propagation Through Turbulence
Reading 4 Thurs Feb 4 Reader: Section 5 Wavefront Sensing (2 articles)
Reading 5 Tues Feb 9

Reader: Section 6 Wavefront Correction AND Section 7: Signal to Noise Ratio and Detectors

Reading 6 Thurs Feb 11 Reader: Section 9 - Laser Guide Stars, Physics of the Sodium Atom
Reading 7 Tues Feb 16 Reader: Section 9 - Laser Guide Stars, Laser Systems
Reading 8   Thurs Feb 18 Reader: Section 8 - Control Systems  
Reading 9   Thurs March 3 Reader: Sections 10 and 11 (Read to get the main points)  
Reading 10   Tues March 8 Reader: Section 12 - Extreme AO for Planet Detection (Read to get the main points)  
Reading 11    






Homework Assignments

    Due date   PDF Files

WORD Files

Homework 1: Tell me a bit about yourself   January 14  



Word2   n/a  
Homework 2: Optics   January 28   PDF        
Homework 3:   February 9   PDF        
Project Final Report Instructions   March 17, 11:59 pm   PDF        




Note: you are welcome to use slides and figures from these lectures in your own presentations, under the condition that you include the words ''Credit: Claire E. Max, UCSC'' somewhere on your slide


        Lecturer       PDF Files

PPT Files

    Other Files and notes

January 12

Lecture 1: Introduction to adaptive optics; Overview of course


Lecture 1 PDF

Lecture 1 PPT    




January 14

Lecture 2: Atmospheric Turbulence: Sources, Kolmogorov turbulence







Lecture 2 PDF

Lecture 2 PPT


Movie 1

Movie 2

Movie 3


January 19

Lecture 3: Geometrical Optics


Lecture 3 PDF

Lecture 3 PPT    

Movie 1

Movie 2

January 21

Lecture 4: Optics, continued: Geometrical and Physical


Lecture 4 PDF

Lecture 4 PPT


January 26

Lecture 5: Physical Optics, continued. Then Optical Propagation through Atmospheric Turbulence


Lecture 5 PDF

Lecture 5 PPT


Movie 1

Movie 2

Movie 3

Movie 4


January 28

Lecture 6: Error Budget Concepts. Start of class projects.


Lecture 6 PDF

Class Projects

Lecture 6 PPT

Class Projects PPT



February 2nd

Lecture 7: Wavefront Sensing


Lecture 7 PDF

Lecture 7 PPT



February 4th

Lecture 8: Deformable Mirrors; Class Projects Starters


Lecture 8 PDF

Project Starter PDF

Lecture 8 PPT

Project Starter PPT




February 9th

Lecture 9: Image motion, detectors, signal to noise ratio; Class Projects


Lecture 9 PDF

Project Discussion PDF

Lecture 9 PPT

Project Discussion PPT


February 11th

Lecture 10: Laser Guide Stars


Lectures 10 and 11 PDF

Lectures 10 and 11 PPT


February 16th

Lecture 11: Laser Guide Stars part 2

Class projects: Performance requirements first draft due


Lecture 11 PDF

Lecture 11 PPT



February 18th

Lecture 12: AO Control Systems


Lecture 12 PDF

Lecture 12 PPT



February 23

Lab: AO Demonstrator


February 25

Lecture 13: Wavefront Reconstruction: Reading Only

  Max (based on van Dam and Poyneer slides)   Lecture 13 PDF Lecture 13 PPT      

March 1st

Class Projects: Discuss Requirements

Lecture 14: AO Optimization, Signal to Noise Ratio

  Max   Lecture 14 PDF Lecture 14 PPT      

March 3rd

Lecture 15: LGS tomography, LTAO, MCAO, MOAO, GLAO


Lecture 15 PDF

Lecture 15 PPT



March 8th

Lecture 16: Extreme AO for Exoplanets; Expectations for class project presentations and written report




Lecture 16 PDF

Project Presentations PDF

Written Report Instructions PDF

Lecture 16 PPT    



March 10

Project Presentations - Mini conceptual design review and Project Synthesis.


March 14-17th

Exam period: there will be a take-home exam. Written project reports will be due at end of exam period.





This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.