San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
6 - 10 August 2017
Conference 10375
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVIII
Monday - Tuesday 7 - 8 August 2017
This conference is no longer accepting submissions.
Late submissions may be considered subject to chair approval. For more information, please contact Matt Novak.
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Abstract Due:
23 January 2017

Author Notification:
3 April 2017

Manuscript Due Date:
10 July 2017

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Optical design is a fascinating activity, ranging as it does from lens design and modeling with the help of the immensely powerful design software currently available, to the semi-intuitive art of creating the conceptual design which underlies any successful optical system. The 'art' depends on a wide-ranging knowledge of many of the sub-disciplines that make up optical engineering, which in turn encompasses the interaction between optics and all the activities that turn an optical design into an operational instrument.

Beyond ray tracing, the optical designer may employ the tools of radiative transfer, electromagnetic theory for detailed diffraction or polarization modeling, principles of scattering for stray light analysis and control, and other appropriate modeling tools and techniques for deriving suitable performance metrics arising from such fields as spectroscopy, astronomy, vision, or microscopy. And beyond optical design, the optical engineer is concerned with the fabrication of components, assembly and alignment techniques, metrology and calibration, as well as the interaction with other engineering disciplines such as mechanical, thermal, electronic, and software.

Current Developments serves the multi-faceted discipline that is lens design and optical engineering, and the multi-talented individuals that dedicate themselves to this field. This perennial conference, held since 1984 under a number of slightly varied titles, will continue to spotlight the hot topics in lens design and optical engineering while still covering the breadth of this field. The lens designer and the optical engineer, often the same person, will find this conference a home to stay abreast of the frontiers of this constantly evolving field.

Contributions dealing with recent developments in lens design techniques, instruments, components, processes, materials, thin film, systems, design, or topics in an optical engineering subject area at any wavelength belong here.

The following is a listing of topics of interest to be considered this year:

Theory and applications
  • lens design methodology and innovative lens designs
  • aberration theory and image analysis
  • advances in techniques for system design, modeling, and global optimization
  • optics in consumer, medical, industrial, or space applications
  • optics in art, artwork conservation, forensics, archaeology
  • advances in microscopy, lithographic optics, cameras, visual systems, telescopes
  • freeform surfaces
  • bio-inspired design
  • optics in harsh and hostile environments.
Integration of optical designs into complete instruments
  • interaction of optics with mechanics and electronics
  • integrated modeling
  • fabrication, tolerancing, alignment, stray light considerations
  • incorporation of system metrics into optical design
  • vision and physiological optics considerations.
Developments in optical components, techniques, and materials
  • diffractive optics, micro-optics, gradient index optics, special optical surfaces
  • optical fabrication techniques, novel materials and processes
  • optical designs enabled by new techniques and materials
  • innovative testing methodologies and instrumentation.
Optical design for solid-state lighting
  • freeform optical design for headlights, lamps, and luminaires
  • light extraction from LED dice
  • optics for directionality enhancement
  • light source modeling
  • optics for phosphor or color mixing
  • optics for light guides or diffusers
  • optical design in lighting and display applications.
Thin-film optical coatings
  • design of multilayer films and coatings and performance prediction
  • novel optical coating and thin-film materials
  • substrate preparation, deposition and pre- and post-processing manufacturing methods
  • characterization, monitoring, and measurement
  • innovative applications of optical coatings and thin-films from x-ray to the far IR.
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