A mechanism is established for the automatic addition and deletion of optical elements during the course of lens optimization. Two lens-form parameters, quantifying the symmetry of the optical system and the optical-power distribution among the individual lens elements, are used as criteria in this automatic procedure. Design examples are provided that demonstrate the practicability of the scheme.
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(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
Xuemin Cheng, Yongtian Wang, Qun Hao, and Jose Sasian, "Automatic Element Addition and Deletion in Lens Optimization," Appl. Opt. 42, 1309-1317 (2003)