Dissertation Defense: Caleb Gannon, "Computational Methods for Optical Design"

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 1:30pm

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    Title: Computational Methods for Optical Design


    An overview of computational methods for solving geometrical optical design problems is presented. Starting with a description of the illumination design problem within an optimal transport framework, a general algorithm for constructing freeform illumination optics directly from a source and target light distribution is explored. To accompany that, an analytic derivation of theoretical optical efficiency for lens systems is constructed which can improve throughput efficiency by over 150%. Then, a complete description of the imaging design problem is presented with some novel algorithmic approaches to solving it including an automated evolutionary sparse optimization algorithm and a machine learning approach. Some description of accelerated raytracing algorithms to speed up these methods will be presented as well.