SMETHODS - Training domain 1: Optical Design for Imaging

Delft, Netherlands
16 April 2012 - 20 April 2012

SMETHODS is a FP7 funded support action which organises trainings in optical design. The participation in the training sessions is free for everybody – although priority is given to employees of small and medium sized European enterprises (SMEs). This recently started programme aims to strengthen Europe's optics and photonics industry by providing trainings and hands-on practice in optical design and simulation.

Training domain 1: Optical Design for Imaging: geometric optics, diffraction, aberration reduction.

Purpose: Hands-on training in design and optimisation of optical imaging systems supported by a theoretical introduction. At the end of the session, trainees will be able to specify an optical imaging system, propose the general layout, and understand the methods used to characterize its performance. On simple systems, they will be able to select a starting point, run the optimisation and estimate tolerances. On more complex cases, including for their own needs, they can interact efficiently with highly skilled experts.

Target Group: SME employees, employees of other companies who need capabilities in optical design for imaging systems.

Prerequisites: Final year bachelor physics or related field. Technically skilled personnel with a professional experience in a photonics and/or physical instrumentation context are also welcome to apply.

Training domain coordinator: Prof. P. Chavel (IOGS). Associate coordinators: Prof. I. Livshits (ITMO), Dr. F. Bociort (TUD).

Registration deadline: 7 March, 2012
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Domain 1: Imaging optics
Prof. Pierre Chavel (IOGS) 
phone: + 33 1 645  333 03 

Contacts & Support:
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Nathalie Debaes
phone: +32 2 629 10 18

Project coordinator:
Delft University of Technology
H.P. Urbach
fax: : +31-(0)15-27-88105