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Lens Design (Second Edition)

Automatic and quasi-autonomous computational methods and techniques
Donald Dilworth


This second edition of Lens Design: Automatic and quasi-autonomous computational methods and techniques shows how these new tools can design systems in minutes that would have required weeks or months of labor using older methods.

Powerful search routines that can quickly produce excellent designs starting with plane-parallel plates are described. The principles are explained, and data files are provided so the user can duplicate these systems and learn how to use the new software to solve unexpected problems should they occur. Automatic substitution of real glass types for a glass model, and automatic matching to the testplates of a selected vendor are fully explained with examples.

Key Features

  • Discusses the pros and cons of traditional design tools and the role of aberration theory today
  • Explains the topology of the lens design landscape and why there are many different solutions
  • Shows how to quickly achieve many potential solutions and how to select a preferred solution
  • Describes tools for modifying a lens form by automatically inserting or deleting elements
  • Lists a variety of tips and ideas that resulted from 50 years of experience

About Editors

Donald C Dilworth received a BS in Physics from MIT in 1961. He is the developer of design software starting in 1962 for the Apollo project, and the author of the PSD III optimization algorithm, which is part of the SYNOPSYS™ lens design program. He is the author of 27 publications and owner of 13 patents.

Table of Contents


Hardback ISBN: 9780750336932

Ebook ISBN: 9780750336956

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3695-6

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Emerging Technologies in Optics and Photonics


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