The Return of NARIT – Institut d’Optique Graduate School “Optical Design Summer School 2017.”

31 July – 5 August 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Optical Design Summer School 2017 aka “ODSS 2017” returns to Chiang Mai for the second time. This is due to the collaboration between NARIT and Institut d’Optique – stressing close bilateral ties in the aspects of optical astronomy and astrophysics between France and Thailand.


        Given the fact that the state-of-the-art 2.4-metre telescope, housed by Thai National Observatory (TNO) as the largest in Southeast Asia, located atop Doi Inthanon Summit at the highest spot in Thailand is a full Optical operation. The necessity to enhance human capacity in this field is indeed vital. Leading to the annual ODSS 2017 for the second time in a row. The School includes intensive technical aspects of Optical Astronomy from;

- Introduction to Optical Design

- Instrumental Optics Fundamentals

- Achromatic Doublet Design and Tolerancing

- Telescope Design

- Cooke’s triplet Design

- Off-axis telescopes

- Introduction to stray light analyses with ZEMAX

Some of which have been exposed to participants from last year’s ODSS, although were reintroduced with updated and concentrated knowledge information to the participants of ODSS 2017.



        25 selected participants from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Thailand will be exposed to NARIT Optical Facilities at the brand new headquarters “Princess Sirindhorn AstroPark”, on the outskirt of Chiang Mai Valley, and the excursion to Thai National Observatory (TNO), atop Doi Inthanon Mountain. They will surely find many interesting first-hand experiences of the positive changes the facilities and NARIT technicians stationed on site have to offer.



        Considering the fourth return to Thailand of Institut d’Optique Graduate School’s professional – Prof. Thierry Lepine, whose devotion to the fast-paced development of Optical Instrumentation in Thailand at NARIT is crucial, ODSS 2017 reflects a splendid opportunity for worldwide individuals interested in the field.



        NARIT is proud to have had a privilege to organize this workshop once more in order to stress the importance of Astronomy through the aspects of Optical Instrumentation today, as an ecstasy of technical and non-technical opportunities which are not limited to only astronomers, but rather the extended tentacles of science, technology and innovation are being fostered. We – at NARIT – are extremely delighted to take a leading step forward in this field, to enhance the global knowledge transfers and quality of education towards human capacity building at the global arena.