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Lens Design

Automatic and quasi-autonomous computational methods and techniques
Donald Dilworth


Lens Design: Automatic and quasi-autonomous computational methods and techniques is the first book that interactively describes the newest lens design tools. Detailing design methods for a variety of lens forms, this book shows that fixed focus and zoom lenses can be optimized, starting from plane-parallel surfaces, in a brief time on a modern fast PC compared with traditional tools that require many days or weeks of tedious work. Loaded with tips and ideas resulting from more than 50 years of experience, the reader will improve their lens design skill. Experienced and aspiring lens designers who master the power of the tools, methods, and principles taught in this book will be able to develop excellent designs now and in the future.

About Editors

Donald Dilworth is president of Optical Systems Design Inc and has been intensively involved in the development and application of computer software for optical design since 1961. He has extensive experience in most areas of lens design, particularly in thermal infrared systems, and he is the author of the well-known SYNOPSYS lens design program, which is used by lens designers worldwide. As author of SYNOPSYS and developer of the popular Pseudo-Second Derivative optimization method, Dilworth has advanced the state of the art in artificial intelligence. 

Dilworth was senior principal development engineer at the Honeywell Radiation Center, where he was responsible for conceptual and detailed design, tolerancing, and analysis of numerous infrared and visible-light systems, including star trackers, periscope optics and forward-looking infrared systems.

He also served as director of the optical design department at Baus Optics Inc, where he developed and implemented techniques for the design of geometric and thin-film optics. Prior to joining Baus Optics, he was employed by Itek Corp as senior optical physicist. In this capacity he was responsible for designing a variety of advanced optical systems, including aerial photographic lenses used on the recently declassified Corona project, aspheric systems, multilayer dielectric coatings and a submarine periscope.

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a BS in physics in 1961, he developed computational techniques for optical and thin-film design, which were applied to the design of the optical navigation equipment for the Apollo project.


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Hardback ISBN: 9780750316095

Ebook ISBN: 9780750316118

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1611-8

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Emerging Technologies in Optics and Photonics


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