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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2483–2499

Characterizing the shape of freeform optics

G. W. Forbes  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2483-2499 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.002483


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Abstract

A recently introduced method for characterizing the shape of rotationally symmetric aspheres is generalized here for application to a wide class of freeform optics. New sets of orthogonal polynomials are introduced along with robust and efficient algorithms for computing the surface shape as well as its derivatives of any order. By construction, the associated characterization offers a rough interpretation of shape at a glance and it facilitates a range of estimates of manufacturability.

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OCIS Codes
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: November 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 6, 2012
Published: January 19, 2012

Citation
G. W. Forbes, "Characterizing the shape of freeform optics," Opt. Express 20, 2483-2499 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-3-2483


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