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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 10563–10571

High resolution irradiance tailoring using multiple freeform surfaces

Adrien Bruneton, Axel Bäuerle, Rolf Wester, Jochen Stollenwerk, and Peter Loosen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 10563-10571 (2013)

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More and more lighting applications require the design of dedicated optics to achieve a given radiant intensity or irradiance distribution. Freeform optics has the advantage of providing such a functionality with a compact design. It was previously demonstrated in [Bäuerle et al., Opt. Exp. 20, 14477–14485 (2012)] that the up-front computation of the light path through the optical system (ray mapping) provides a satisfactory approximation to the problem, and allows the design of multiple freeform surfaces in transmission or in reflection. This article presents one natural extension of this work by introducing an efficient optimization procedure based on the physics of the system. The procedure allows the design of multiple freeform surfaces and can render high resolution irradiance patterns, as demonstrated by several examples, in particular by a lens made of two freeform surfaces projecting a high resolution logo (530 × 160 pixels).

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OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(080.1753) Geometric optics : Computation methods
(080.4225) Geometric optics : Nonspherical lens design
(080.4298) Geometric optics : Nonimaging optics

ToC Category:
Geometric Optics

Original Manuscript: March 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2013
Published: April 23, 2013

Adrien Bruneton, Axel Bäuerle, Rolf Wester, Jochen Stollenwerk, and Peter Loosen, "High resolution irradiance tailoring using multiple freeform surfaces," Opt. Express 21, 10563-10571 (2013)

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