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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 39, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2000
  • pp: 5801–5805

Design of an aspherical lens to generate a homogenous irradiance for three-dimensional sensors with a light-emitting-diode source

Wei Tai and Rudolf Schwarte  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 31, pp. 5801-5805 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.005801


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Abstract

A design of a large-numerical-aperture aspherical singlet for three-dimensional (3-D) sensor applications is presented. This lens can be used to generate a homogenous irradiance on the target in a 3-D sensor, which is based on the principle of time of flight and uses an LED as light source. A numerical method was used in the design. The designed planoaspherical singlet has a numerical aperture of 0.67, low refractive index, and moderate surface shape for easy fabrication. The simulation results revealed that the irradiance deviation within 97% of the designed area is less than 5% and that the transmittance of the lens is greater than 90.5%. The results from a Lambertian source were compared with those from a point source.

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OCIS Codes
(150.2950) Machine vision : Illumination
(150.6910) Machine vision : Three-dimensional sensing
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes

History
Original Manuscript: November 1, 1999
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2000
Published: November 1, 2000

Citation
Wei Tai and Rudolf Schwarte, "Design of an aspherical lens to generate a homogenous irradiance for three-dimensional sensors with a light-emitting-diode source," Appl. Opt. 39, 5801-5805 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-31-5801


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