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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Special Section Guest Editorial: Freeform Optics

Paper Abstract

The use of freeform surfaces in optical system design has evolved from a largely theoretical concept into a fully fledged viable technology capable of solving previously intractable problems. The process of designing real systems with freeform optics, which are now commonly used in commercial optical systems, has been made possible through new developments in many areas, including the fundamental mathematics of shape description, advances in design methods, tolerancing techniques, and simulation tools. In particular, a major catalyst in opening this new practical solution space has been the availability of new manufacturing and testing methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 2014
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(3) 031301 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.3.031301
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
G. Groot Gregory, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Craig Olson, L-3 Communications (United States)
Florian R. Fournier, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)


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