Optical design method for free form optics

Tamer T. Elazhary, Ping Zhou, Chunyu Zhao, Jim Burge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The revolution in surface machining, testing and alignment of optical systems open new horizons for lens design. Imaging systems that are generally non axi-symmetric can be made. Freeform optical surfaces can be machined. In this paper we propose a method based on the generalized Sine condition for the design of aplanatic optical systems that are generally made of free form optics. As a proof of concept we present the design of a two mirrors fast aplanatic telescope. We also show the possibility of designing plane symmetric optical systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFreeform Optics, Freeform 2013
StatePublished - 2013
EventFreeform Optics, Freeform 2013 - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Nov 3 2013Nov 7 2013

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


OtherFreeform Optics, Freeform 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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