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Illumination system design in a project-based course
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Paper Abstract

This past spring a new for-credit course on illumination engineering was offered at the College of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona. This course was project based such that the students could take a concept to conclusion. The main goal of the course was to learn how to use optical design and analysis software while applying principles of optics to the design of their optical systems. Projects included source modeling, displays, daylighting, light pollution, faceted reflectors, and stray light analysis. In conjunction with the course was a weekly lecture that provided information about various aspects of the field of illumination, including units, étendue, optimization, solid-state lighting, tolerancing, litappearance modeling, and fabrication of optics. These lectures harped on the important points of conservation of étendue, source modeling and tolerancing, and that no optic can be made perfectly. Based on student reviews, future versions of this course will include more hands-on demos of illumination components and assignments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 25 pages
Proc. SPIE 7423, Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration VI, 742305 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828806
Show Author Affiliations
R. John Koshel, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Photon Engineering LLC (United States)
Vineeth Abraham, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Joshua Kim, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Ron Liu, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Scott Richardson, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Soha Namnabat, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Amber Czajkowski, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Rania H. Abd El-Maksoud, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Ryan Irvin, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Takeshi Nakazawa, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michael Kudenov, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Martha Dawsey, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Erich de Leon, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Lirong Wang, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Karlton Crabtree, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
R. Michael Orr, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Brian Primeau, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Yullin Kim, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7423:
Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration VI
Roland Winston; Jeffrey M. Gordon, Editor(s)

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