2023-2024 / PHYS0125-3

Instrumental optics II


25h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in physics (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Serge Habraken

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is a follow-up of the #I. It intends to study deeper several aspects of astronomic imaging :

  • optical design using ray-tracing
  • spectrographs and interferometers
  • optical technologies over the spectral band (from RX to µ-waves)
  • technologies for large terrestrial telescopes and deployable space telescopes.
  • Space Project management (context/environment and some rules of thumb)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course should bring the level of understanding to a level where physics and technologies of modern astronomical instruments are covered. Active participation of students is required.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Course "Instrumental optics I" or equivalent. The success of the course I being a prerequisite, it is not allowed to follow the course I and II during the same academic year

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

30h of experiments are covered through several activities:

  • Ray-tracing analysis
  • Laboratory
  • Research centre and Company visits
  • Seminars (at CSL and AGO department )
  • Personal research program

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is teached at the second period only. 
Theory is teached once a week (2-3h).

Recommended or required readings

All documents (lecture notes, slides, videos) are available via the eCampus portal

Several scientific books are available. They are mainly dedicated to the preparation of a personal research study.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Experimental activities and personal researches are evaluated during the period and are quoted to 50%.
Oral exam is organized to check the level of understanding of the students. 50% is attributed to this exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Master2 students have the ability to work on a research projects (upon request and acceptation)


Professor: Serge HABRAKEN, Physics Institute, B5a - Sart Tilman, Tél: 04/366.36.49, e-mail: shabraken@uliege.be
Secretary: Mme Christine Renson, Tel: 04/366.36.214
Support: Antoine Groulard (agroulard@uliege.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

eCampus link
The documentation is now transferred to eCampus