Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications (AO)


The Adaptive Optics (AO) meeting brings together technologies which have enabled significant performance improvements in different applications of adaptive optics such as astronomy, free space communications, optometry/ophthalmology, microscopy, laser microfabrication, lithography, laser fusion, fiber optics, solar, and x-ray optics. This meeting represents a forum in which many of the latest advances and challenges will be presented by well-known experts in this discipline. The topics to be presented include discussions of various systems that use adaptive optics techniques, control systems, wavefront sensing and correcting, system and component modeling, imaging techniques through distorting or scattering media, and achievable performance improvements.

The AO meeting will also include two special joint sessions with the Propagation Through and Characterization of Distributed Volume Turbulence (pcDVT)  meeting covering common topics.  Eleven invited speakers will present overview and technical talks on the application of complex Adaptive Optic systems across fields. Finally, a panel led discussion of leading Adaptive Optics experts will examine Adaptive Optics performance metrics.


Pablo Artal, Universidad de Murcia , Spain, Adaptive Optics for Ophthalmic Applications, Invited

Martin Booth, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Adaptive Optics for High-resolution Microscopy, Invited

R. Daniel Ferguson, Physical Sciences Inc., United States, Coherence-gated Wavefront Sensing, Invited

Mourad Idir, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States, E: X-ray Active Optics for Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser Applications: Why and How?, Invited

Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, United States, Pupil-segmentation-based Adaptive Optics for In-vivo Brain Imaging , Invited

Joel Kubby, University of California Santa Cruz, United States, Adaptive Optics for Biological Imaging using Direct Wavefront Sensing, Invited

Carl Paterson, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Information in Wavefront Sensing - Fundamental Limits to Wavefront Measurement, Invited

Jason Porter, University of Houston, United States, Wavefront Sensorless Adaptive Optics Imaging in the Living Eye, Invited

Lisa Poyneer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States, Adaptive x-ray Optics at Lawrence Livermore, Invited

Thomas Rimmele, National Solar Observatory, United States, Solar Adaptive Optics: Challenges and New Developments , Invited

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Julian Christou, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, United States

Program Committee

Martin Booth, Univ. of Oxford, UK
Christopher Dainty, National Univ. of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Alfredo Dubra, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
Enrique-Josua Fernandez, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Szymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer Institute IOSB, Germany
Robert Johnson, Starfire Optical Range, USA
Caroline Kulcsar, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France
Gordon Love, Univ. of Durham, UK
Lisa Poyneer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Thomas Rimmele, National Solar Observatory, USA
Allan Wirth, Xinetics Inc, USA
Robert Zawadzki, Univ. of California Davis, USA

AO & pcDVT Joint Sessions
Wednesday, 26 June, 8:00 – 13:00

AO Performance Metrics Discussion
Presider: Julian Christou, LBT Observatory, USA
Panel:Pablo Artal, Univ. of Murcia, Spain; Martin Booth, Univ. of Oxford, UK; Mourad Idir, Brookhaven National Lab., USA; Thomas Rimmele, National Solar Observatory, USA; Karin Stein, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany

AO has become increasingly commonplace across a diverse range of applications. Maturation of AO methods along with technology developments have pushed the performance limits of both laboratory based and commercial AO systems. With these developments there is increasing need for simple, yet effective metrics to assess AO performance. This is particular pressing for commercial applications, as for example in clinical
ophthalmology, where the systems are operated by non-technical personnel. While different applications
may require different AO metrics, use of the same AO fundamentals suggest there may also be much commonality. These issues will be explored in this session through a panel led discussion of leading AO experts. Please come with your own AO metric questions for the panel.