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Durham University

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Astrophotonics AO Summer Workshop 2015

Summer School on Astrophotonics and Adaptive Optics

21-25 September 2015

Durham University, UK

The summer school aims to bring together a wide range of astronomical technologies to address one of the main scientific questions of the day - the detection and characterisation of exo-planets. Its focus is on the training of the next generation of photonically-aware astronomers.

The school will include about 20 lectures by experts in three fields: Astrophotonics, Adaptive Optics and Precision spectroscopy. Young researchers (in spirit at least) are invited to apply. If successful, they will be required to present a poster for which they may be awarded a prize. We encourage the lecturers to stay for the full week to maximise the benefit to the students.

Please note that the deadline for registration has been extended to the 26th August 2015.

Lecturers include: James Graham, Christian Schwab, Richard Myers, Robert Thomson, Hugh Jones, Marco Riva, Sergio Leon-Saval, Roger Haynes, Lucas Labadie, Tim Morris, Jeremy Allington-Smith


  • Techology 1: Astrophotonics
    • Requirements and principles
    • Recent results and instruments
    • Enabling technology
    • Modelling systems
  • Technology 2: High Res Spectroscopy/Imaging
    • Requirements and principles
    • Recent results and instruments
    • Key issues: fibres and calibration
  • Technology 3: Adaptive Optics
    • Requirements and principles
    • Recent results and instruments (Canary)
    • Key issues - modelling etc.
  • Putting It All Together
    • Integrated photonic reformatting
    • Integrated wavefront sensing
    • Coupling starlight
    • Integrated dispersion
  • Other Techniques/Technologies
    • Interferometry
    • Entending the wavelength range

Logistical Information

The school will be accommodated in a conference centre within walking distance of the historic centre of Durham (a Unesco world-heritage site) and its university. In addition to the intensive programme of lectures there will be opportunities for relaxation during excursions. A small fixed-rate charge will be made to cover accommodation (with private bathroom) and most meals including the conference dinner. European applicants may be eligible for financial support for travel on application to OPTICON.


£200 to cover all accommodation (at conference centre), breakfasts, lunches, banquets and excursion(s).


Scientific - Jeremy Allington-Smith:

Logistical - Clare Whitehill:

Host organisation: Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, Durham University, Physics Department, Rochester Building, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK.

Accommodation: Holgate Centre, Grey College, South Road, Durham DH1 3LG.

Final Announcement