NARIT va français avec “NARIT – Institut d’Optique Graduate School Optical Design Summer School 2016.”

August 3rd, 2016

As August kicks in with the pouring rain in Chiang Mai, though it doesn’t relinquish young researchers, Master and PhD Students, and NARIT’s very own Public Outreach team in the total of 26 to embrace themselves joining this one-of-a-kind workshop. The main objectives revolve around an initiation of the optical design methods relating to imaging instruments as participants were introduced intimately to the exclusive ZEMAX software usage.


        The First of August also marks the beginning of a 6-day workshop at Eastin Tan Hotel located in the heart of Chiang Mai, walkable to NARIT current office. On top of a very warm welcome from the familiar faces of Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum – NARIT Executive Director and Dr. Saran Poshyachinda – NARIT Deputy Director as they extended to our participants, the heartfelt hospitality, they also touched upon NARIT technical facilities. Joined in was Prof. Thierry Lepine from the Institut d’Optique Graduate School – Laboratoire Hubert Curien in France and Dr. Christophe Buisset – NARIT’s very own researcher to get the participants familiarized with introductory optical design and instrumental optics fundamentals.

        It approaches through 5 separate domains including Definition of an optical system, Optical aberrations and image quality criteria, Optical design: classical on-axis and off-axis optical systems, Performance budget establishment (sensitivity and tolerant analyses), and Practical optical design sessions with ZEMAX software, respectively. On the 2nd of day of the workshop, attendees get down to business with the ZEMAX provided individually from the organizing committee and it was nowhere near disappointment as it wowed them via Achromatic doublet design and tolerance. Midway towards the end, the peers were transported to our signature 2.4-metre Telescope located on top of Doi Inthanon Peak.



        “I find it an ecstasy of technical opportunity which is not limited to just us astronomers, but the whole tentacles of science and technology are being fostered. We are extremely delighted to the return of Prof. Thierry Lepine once more, thus I encouraged our Public Outreach team to get involved with the school.” – uttered Dr. Saran Poshyachinda on the first day of workshop.




        The later days will also feature 2 sessions of telescope design, Cooke’s triplet design, Off-axis telescopes and TMA including Free-form optics, and ultimately the introduction to stray light analyses with ZEMAX.