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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 1980
  • pp: 3545–3553

Refractive optical systems for irradiance redistribution of collimated radiation: their design and analysis

Patrick W. Rhodes and David L. Shealy  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 3545-3553 (1980)

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A set of differential equations is derived which specifies the shape of two aspherical surfaces of a lens system that will convert an incident plane wave with an arbitrary energy profile into collimated radiation with a uniform energy distribution. As an example, a lens system is designed that converts a laser beam with a Gaussian energy profile into an expanded beam with a uniform energy distribution. Off-axis rays are then traced through the lenses in order to analyze the performance of the lens system.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 9, 1980
Published: October 15, 1980

Patrick W. Rhodes and David L. Shealy, "Refractive optical systems for irradiance redistribution of collimated radiation: their design and analysis," Appl. Opt. 19, 3545-3553 (1980)

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