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Algorithm for global optimization of optical systems based on genetic competition
Author(s): Kenneth E. Moore
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Paper Abstract

Global optimization of optical system designs is difficult because of the complex solution space and extreme non- linearity of system performance with respect to design parameters. Genetic algorithms (GA's) have been used to effectively solve complex non-linear optimizations in other fields of science. GA's model each design parameter as part of a genetic code for an imaginary creature, and the system performance is interpreted to be the fitness for survival of this creature. The GA's goal is to improve the system performance by selective breeding of simulated creatures to yield simulated offspring with desirable traits. An algorithm for doing this along with results will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3780, Optical Design and Analysis Software, (27 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363781
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Kenneth E. Moore, Focus Software, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3780:
Optical Design and Analysis Software
Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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