Course: Astronomical Optics

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Course title Astronomical Optics
Course code OPT/AO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Řeháček Jaroslav, prof. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Stoklasa Bohumil, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Basics of geometrical optics. Paraxial optics. Matrix optics. Ray tracing. 2. Optical aberations. Chromatic and monochromatic aberrations. 3. History of the telescope. 4. Refractor, achromat, apochromat. 5. Reflecting telescope - 1 mirror, conics, off-axis aberrations. 6. Reflecting telescope - 2 mirrors, mirror bending, Ritchey-Cretien telescope, segmented mirrors. 7. 3- and 4- mirror telescopes. 8. Schmidt a Maksutov cameras, correcting plates, meniscus correctors. Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes. 9.Accessories: eyepieces, mounts, focal correctors, Barlow lens, filters, atmospheric dispersion correctors. 10.Wave analysis of the telescope, resolving power, contrast, optical response and transfer functions, apodization. 11.Modern astronomy telescopes, cosmic telescopes, fighting atmosperic turbulences: speckle interferometry, adaptive optical systems. 12. Astrooptics in observational astronomy. Demonstration of astronomical telescopes and accessories.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Demonstration
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Basics of astrooptics.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to know and understand the syllabus topics and be able to use the acquired knowledge in solving problems. Emphasis will be on acquiring practical skills.
No prior requirements.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Dialog

Sufficient knowledge of the syllabus topics.
Recommended literature
  • Goodman, J. W. (2000). Statistical Optics. John Wiley & Sons Inc. New York.
  • Schroeder, D. J. (2000). Astronomical optics. San Diego: Academic Press.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Digital and Instrument Optics (1) Physics courses 3 Summer
Faculty of Science Applied Physics (1) Physics courses 3 Summer
Faculty of Science General Physics and Mathematical Physics (1) Physics courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Science Optometry (2014) Health service 3 Summer
Faculty of Science Optics and Optoelectronics (1) Physics courses 2 Summer