We have developed a new method to design aspheric lenses. The conventional technique is usually based on analytic definition of optical surfaces; in the new method discretely defined aspheres are used, and the final design is attained point by point with an iterative algorithm. Simulation results are compared with results obtained with conventional optical design software to prove that this new method is more effective and reliable for designing aspheric lenses, especially when the aspheric order is high.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 3, 2001
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2002
Published: September 1, 2002
Ning Wei, Mali Gong, Ping Yan, and Haitao Zhang, "Designing an optical disk lens without analytical definition of aspheric surfaces," Appl. Opt. 41, 5334-5340 (2002)