The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
21 - 26 January 2012
Short Course (SC011)
Design of Efficient Illumination Systems
Monday 23 January 2012
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

FormatShort Course
Member Price Price Unavailable.
Non-Member Price Price Unavailable.
  • Course Level:
  • Intermediate
  • CEU:
  • 0.35
Illumination systems are included in fiber illuminators, projectors, and lithography systems. The design of an illumination system requires balancing uniformity, maximizing the collection efficiency from the source, and minimizing the size of the optical package. These choices are examined for systems using lightpipes, lens arrays, faceted optics, tailored edge rays designs, and integrating spheres through a combination of computer simulations, hardware demonstrations and discussions.
Learning Outcomes
  • describe the differences between illuminance, intensity and luminance
  • compute the required source luminance given typical illumination system specifications
  • compute the change in luminance introduced by an integrating sphere
  • distinguish between a Kohler illuminator and an Abbe illuminator
  • explain the difference in uniformity performance between a tailored edge ray reflector and a standard conic reflector
  • design a lightpipe system to provide uniform illuminance
  • design a lens array system to create a uniform illuminance distribution
  • design a reflector with facets to create a uniform illuminance distribution
Individuals who design illumination systems or need to interface with those designers will find this course appropriate. Previous exposure to Optical Fundamentals (Reflection, Refraction, Lenses, Reflectors) is expected.
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