© Laurie Hatch, image – Keck Observatory

Will be held at The University of California, Santa Cruz

August 14th – August 18th, 2023

Registration Deadline July 31st, 2023

You can now register here!

Held on the beautiful University of California, Santa Cruz campus, this workshop provides professional instruction in the field of Adaptive Optics by speakers renowned for their contributions to this interdisciplinary field. 

The summer school is appropriate for scientists, engineers, researchers, and technicians at the graduate level and above; this workshop combines lectures and hands-on, facilitated laboratory activities with working adaptive optics systems. Participants will also have an opportunity to give a poster presentation on their research. 

We look forward to meeting you in Santa Cruz, CA!

Accommodation Information

Lecture Topics

Introduction to Adaptive Optics

Geometric and Wave Optics

Atmospheric Turbulence

Adaptive Optics control theory

Wavefront sensing and reconstruction

Deformable mirror technology

Instrumentation for Adaptive Optics systems

Adaptive Optics system design

Adaptive Optics system simulation

Measuring AO system performance

Applications of AO, including biology and astronomy

Package Conference Registration Accommodation (Lodging and Meals)
Graduate Student $525 Doubles ($220/Night) or Singles ($240/Night)
Non-Student $1,700 Doubles ($220/Night) or Singles ($240/Night)
Professional or Faculty $2,900 Doubles ($220/Night) or Singles ($240/Night)
Package Registration Parking Campus Meal x2
Graduate Student $525 $55 $200
Non-Student $1,700 $55 $200
Professional or Faculty $2,900 $55 $200


All classes will take place at the in the Lewis Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) / Google Map


© Laurie Hatch, image and text Keck Observatory, LASER GUIDE STAR / ADAPTIVE OPTICS

Center for Adaptive Optics ~ University of California Observatories University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Center for Adaptive Optics

Science Lead: Philip Hinz

Science Lead: Rebecca Jensen-Clem

University of California Observatories

Program Lead: Graseilah Coolidge Tel: ‭(831) 316-3019‬