The Fall Retreat provides a forum for researchers in the adaptive optics field to share current results and plan future collaborations. This year's program will center around three workshops with overlapping schedules, including joint and plenary sessions. In addition, invited guest speakers from each of the workshops will address the entire Retreat audience in plenary presentations. This is an excellent opportunity for researchers in adaptive optics to exchange ideas and make progress in developing AO for both astronomical and vision sciences application.
In-depth understanding of the AO system response and turbulence properties is essential for optimizing AO system performance, PSF-reconstruction and designing AO systems for the future. This workshop will focus on how we can deploy AO software, characterize existing AO systems and benchmark simulation codes using a variety of on-sky experiments and bench calibrations. For instance, one focus will be focal plane wavefront-sensing techniques employed in the high-contrast regime to estimate system performance and validate error budgets. We will also address how to decompose different sources of aberrations (i.e. dome seeing, instrumental aberrations, atmospheric turbulence). Finally, we will explore the latest developments in AO operations software technology relevant to both astronomy and vision science.Workshop on Adaptive Optics in Vision Science
Adaptive optics is becoming an important tool for high resolution imaging of the retina of the eye, both in basic research and now increasingly for clinical use. This workshop will cover the challenges for achieving AO correction in the various imaging techniques in scanning ophthalmology. There will be several opportunities to overlap with the other workshops and to interact with AO scientists in the astronomical field.Workshop on Adaptive Secondary Mirror Technologies and Lab Validation/Experiments
This workshop is centered on new technologies for adaptive secondary mirrors and lab testing, integration, and calibrations efforts. We will be sharing new developments in technologies for ASM and specific techniques being used and developed for lab testing/verification of systems/components. There will be focused discussions about key results and calibrations from current systems and new approaches and the underlying requirements for the tests.
Attendees are given the option of presenting virtual posters - the rough equivalent of a physical poster in the social hour area. Each presenter will be given 1 minute in a plenary "poster pop" session. The posters will be grouped into virtual breakout rooms in Zoom for interaction with attendees. Attendees are randomly assigned to breakouts initially, then allowed to "wander" amongst the poster groups. Depending on the number of posters, the whole session may last from one to two hours. More details will be provided as the retreat date approaches.
The organizers of the "Getting to know your AO system" workshop will be hosting a software hackathon. Last year our hackathon topic was AO Telemetry and everyone got their hands on some real telemetry from the Keck AO system and got to play with it. For this year possibilities are: