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Finding order in the design landscape of simple optical systems
Author(s): P. van Grol; F. Bociort; M. van Turnhout
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Paper Abstract

Contrary to the frequent tacit assumption that the local minima of a merit function are points scattered more or less randomly over the design landscape, we have found that, at least for simple imaging systems (doublets with three and triplets with five variables) all design shapes we have observed thus far form a strictly ordered set of points, the "fundamental network". The design shapes obtained for practical specifications with global optimization algorithms are a subset of the set of local minima in the fundamental network and are organized in a way that can be understood on the basis of the fundamental network.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7428, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering X, 742808 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825495
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P. van Grol, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
F. Bociort, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
M. van Turnhout, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7428:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering X
Pantazis Z. Mouroulis; R. Barry Johnson; Virendra N. Mahajan, Editor(s)

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