UC Santa Cruz

Dept of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astronomy 289, Winter 2016

Adaptive Optics and its Applications

 

 

 

WHEN AND WHERE:
January 12th 2016 through March 10th, 2016

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

UC Santa Cruz

Neptune with and without AO

 

INSTRUCTOR: CLAIRE MAX


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

OFFICE HOURS :
Tu Th noon - 1:00 PM

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

 

 


 

Required Text:

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

You can pick it up in person, or order it

 

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

    Due  

 

   
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        
Reading 10        
Reading 11    

 

 

 

 


 

Homework Assignments

    Due date   PDF Files

WORD Files

  Solutions  
Homework 1: Tell me a bit about yourself   January 14  

PDF1

PDF2

Word2   n/a  
Homework 2: Optics   January 28   PDF        
Homework 3:   February 9   PDF        
Homework 4:                
Project Homework:                
Project Homework:                
Homework 5:                
                 
                 
                 

 

 


Lectures

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

  Max  

Lecture 1 PDF

Lecture 1 PPT    

openloop.speckle8.mpg

speckle8ao.mpg

ao.Lloyd.mpg


January 14

Lecture 2: Atmospheric Turbulence: Sources, Kolmogorov turbulence

 

 

Max

 

 

 

Lecture 2 PDF

Lecture 2 PPT

   

Movie 1

Movie 2

Movie 3

 


January 19

Lecture 3: Geometrical Optics

  Max  

Lecture 3 PDF

Lecture 3 PPT    

Movie 1

Movie 2


January 21

Lecture 4: Optics, continued: Geometrical and Physical

  Max  

Lecture 4 PDF

Lecture 4 PPT

     

January 26

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

  Max  

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.

  Max  

Lecture 6 PDF

Class Projects

Lecture 6 PPT

Class Projects PPT

   

Movie


February 2nd

Lecture 7: Wavefront Sensing

  Max  

Lecture 7 PDF

Lecture 7 PPT

    Movie

 

February 4th

Lecture 8: Deformable Mirrors; Class Projects Starters

  Max  

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

     

 

 

     

February 11th

Lecture 10: Laser Guide Stars

     

 

 

     

February 16th

Lecture 11: Laser Guide Stars part 2

Class projects: Performance requirements first draft due

     

 

 

   

 


February 18th

Lecture 12: AO Control Systems

     

 

 

   

 


February 23

Lab: AO Demonstrator

               

February 25

Lecture 14: Wavefront Reconstruction

               

March 1st

Class Projects: Focused Investigation

Extreme AO for detecting extra-solar planets

               

March 3rd

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

     

 

 

   

 


March 8th

Lecture 16: AO Optimization; How to be a savvy user and consumer of AO

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

March 10

Project Presentations - Mini conceptual design review and Project Synthesis.

               

March 14-17th

Exam period: there will be a take-home exam. Project reports will be due.

               

                 
 
                 
 

 

               
 



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.