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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5576–5585

Analytic design method for optimal imaging: coupling three ray sets using two free-form lens profiles

Fabian Duerr, Pablo Benítez, Juan C. Miñano, Youri Meuret, and Hugo Thienpont  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5576-5585 (2012)

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In this work, a new two-dimensional optics design method is proposed that enables the coupling of three ray sets with two lens surfaces. The method is especially important for optical systems designed for wide field of view and with clearly separated optical surfaces. Fermat’s principle is used to deduce a set of functional differential equations fully describing the entire optical system. The presented general analytic solution makes it possible to calculate the lens profiles. Ray tracing results for calculated 15th order Taylor polynomials describing the lens profiles demonstrate excellent imaging performance and the versatility of this new analytic design method.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design

Original Manuscript: December 9, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 9, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 15, 2012
Published: February 22, 2012

Fabian Duerr, Pablo Benítez, Juan C. Miñano, Youri Meuret, and Hugo Thienpont, "Analytic design method for optimal imaging: coupling three ray sets using two free-form lens profiles," Opt. Express 20, 5576-5585 (2012)

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