Freeform Optics (Freeform)

03 November 2013 – 06 November 2013 OSA Virtual Event

In this meeting, the rapidly evolving impact of freeform optical surfaces on optical systems for both imaging and illumination will be highlighted. New fabrication techniques that create optical surfaces that are not surfaces of revolution opens an expansive new space for optical systems. Particularly enabled systems include illumination systems, head worn displays, and mid and long wave pervasive surveillance systems. In a historically unique circumstance, optical testing methods for these new surfaces are entirely lacking and the theory and implementation of an aberration theory as a basis for optical design of these surfaces was only unraveled in 2012.

The scope of this meeting will feature work on the optical design of imaging systems with freeform surfaces, evolving methods for surface representation for illumination system optimization, and a perspective on the new challenges these surface present to optical testing. This conference is an evolution of the OSA Incubator meeting on the same subject held in late 2011. It provides a forum for exchanging new thinking and methods in response to the industry’s ability to create these new types of surfaces.

Jannick P. Rolland, University of Rochester, USA - PLENARY

The Past, Present and Future of Freeform Optics
Freeform optical surfaces are emerging as a path to truly three-dimensional optical designs. In this talk I will provide a short historical context to this emergence and discuss the challenges as well as the rapidly emerging knowledge that spans from the mathematics of freeform surfaces to the implementation of freeform optical systems.

Steve Mulder, Photon Engineering, USA - TUTORIAL

E: Graphical Methods for Designing Optics in CAD
A number of simple graphical methods for designing optics in CAD are presented. These methods are based on the law of reflection, Snell’s Law, Fermat’s principle and a property of focal conics. These graphical methods will be illustrated using the practical example of designing a catadioptric LED collimator.

Pablo Benitez, Universidad Politecnica de MadridSpainSharp imaging of Multiple object pointS: How and Why, Invited

James Burge, University of ArizonaUnited StatesDevelopments Related to Design, Fabrication, and Measurement of Freeform Optical Components , Invited

Cristina Canavesi, University of RochesterUnited StatesApplication of Conic Intersection Properties to Freeform Reflector Design, Invited

William Cassarly, Synopsys, IncUnited StatesFreeform Surface Parameterization for Illumination , Invited

Angela Davies, Univ of North Carolina at CharlotteUnited StatesMid-spatial Frequency Specification and Characterization for Freeform Surfaces, Invited

Paul Robert Dumas, QED Technologies IncUnited StatesEnabling Higher Precision Freeform Surfaces though Developments in Characterization, MRF, and Stitching Interferometry, Invited

Gregory Forbes, QED Technologies IncAustraliaDetrending on Steroids... MSF Characterization via Freeform Polynomials", Invited

Kyle Fuerschbach, University of RochesterUnited StatesRealizing Freeform: An LWIR Imager in a Spherical Package, Invited

Paul Glenn, Bauer Associates IncUnited StatesMeeting the Conflicting Requirements for Direct Measurement of Freeform Optics - High Accuracy, Long Range, and High Slope Tolerance, Invited

Gerhard Kelch, Carl Zeiss Vision GmbHGermanyFreeform Surfaces for Progressive Spectacle Lenses, Invited

Christoph Menke, Carl Zeiss AGGermanyWhat's in the Designer's Toolbox for Freeform Systems? , Invited

Jessica Nelson, Optimax Systems IncUnited StatesThe Freedom of Freeforms: Current Optics Manufacturing Methods Allow for Freeform Optical Designs , Invited

Kevin Rolland-Thompson, Synopsys, IncUnited StatesThe Aberration Fields of Freeform Imaging Optical Systems , Invited

Jose Sasian, University of ArizonaUnited StatesOptical Design Experiences with Free Form Surfaces, Invited

Stefan Sinzinger, Technische Universität IlmenauGermanyFreeform Surfaces in Optical Microsystems: From Parabasal Theory to Applications, Invited

Thomas Suleski, Univ of North Carolina at CharlotteUnited StatesDesign of Dynamic Freeform Optics, Invited

Marc Tricard, Zygo CorporationUnited StatesPractical examples of Freeform Optics, Invited

Rolf Wester, Fraunhofer-Institut für LasertechnikGermanyDesigning Optical Freeform Surfaces for Extended Sources, Invited
John Koshel, Photon Engineering LLC, United States
Kevin Rolland-Thompson, Synopsys, Inc, United States

James Burge, University of Arizona, United States
Angela Davies, Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Chris Evans, Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Gregory Forbes, QED Technologies Inc, Australia
Joseph Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
David Jenkins, Synopsys, Inc, United States
Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester, United States
Mitchell Ruda, Ruda-Cardinal, Inc, United States
Jose Sasian, University of Arizona, United States
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, United States
Wilhelm Ulrich, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
Andrew Wood, Qioptiq Ltd, United Kingdom
Congress Reception
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Sessions
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a 4 ft. × 8 ft. (1.22 m × 2.44 m) board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

General Session with Plenary Speakers

  • Neal R. Armstrong, University of Arizona, USACritical Interfaces in Emerging Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies: From Basic Science to Policy and Economic Issues
  • Heinz Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, Dynamic Spectroscopy – a Critical Tool for Developing Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Doug Hall, U.S Department of Energy, USAInvention and Innovation – Key to keeping Photovoltaic R&D in the United States

A Discussion on the Future Areas for Funding and Research for Solar
Sponsored by the OSA Optics for Energy Technical Group

The panel will discuss new directions in research for solar energy and possible funding sources. It will include a panelist from DOE and NREL, and industrial representative from Amonix and SOLON. The panel discussion will be guided to make it of general interest to all Congress attendees.

  • Harry Atwater, Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, USA
  • Ken Baldwin, Australian National Univ. Energy Change Institute, Australia
  • Matthew Fraser, Arizona State Univ./QESST, USA
  • Adam Plesniak, Amonix, USA
  • Andru Prescod, DOE CSP Program, USA
  • Bill Richarson, SOLON, USA
Topic Categories
  • Aberration Fields of Optical Systems with Freeform Surfaces
  • Aspherics
  • Etendue
  • Fabrication
  • Freeform Diamond Turning
  • Freeform Surface Representations
  • Illumination Systems Enabled by Freeform Surfaces
  • Imaging Optical Systems Enabled by Freeform Surfaces
  • Nonimaging Optics
  • Optical Design Methods for Leveraging Freeform Surfaces
  • Solar Concentrators
  • Testing and Metrology of Freeform Surfaces
  • Rotationally Nonsymmetric Optical Surface Fabrication

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