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Freeform optics design tool for compact spectrometers
Author(s): M. David Nijkerk; J. Michael Gruber; Bart Boonacker

Paper Abstract

We present a novel optical design tool that makes use of an evolutionary global optimization algorithm. The algorithm has several characteristics that make it well-suited for freeform optics design. With the design tool it is no longer necessary to make the distinction between paraxial degrees of freedom and degrees of freedom related to freeform surface description. The design process, which typically involves a multi-stage scheme consisting of finding an optimal paraxial starting layout, optimization, gradually including freeform degrees of freedom to yield an optimal nominal design, and finally a step in which the as-built design is optimized, is shortened because optimal paraxial starting point and optimal freeform shapes are combined to a single optimization step. Optionally, as-built performance can be included in this step as well. The design tool is applied to the design of a compact spectrometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 1118022 (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2535993
Show Author Affiliations
M. David Nijkerk, TNO (Netherlands)
J. Michael Gruber, TNO (Netherlands)
Bart Boonacker, TNO (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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