Modularization of gradient-index optical design using wavefront matching enabled optimization

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This paper proposes a new design paradigm which allows for a modular approach to replacing a homogeneous optical lens system with a higher-performance GRadient-INdex (GRIN) lens system using a WaveFront Matching (WFM) method. In multi-lens GRIN systems, a full-system-optimization approach can be challenging due to the large number of design variables. The proposed WFM design paradigm enables optimization of each component independently by explicitly matching the WaveFront Error (WFE) of the original homogeneous component at the exit pupil, resulting in an efficient design procedure for complex multi-lens systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9359-9368
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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