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Title: Design of optical systems that maximize as-built performance using tolerance/compensator-informed optimization

We describe an approach that enables the design of optical systems for optimal performance when built, i.e., when user-selected tolerances and compensators are taken into account. The approach does not require significant raytracing or computing time beyond what is used to optimize the nominal design. The approach uses nodal aberration theory to describe the effects of decentered optics; double Zernike polynomials to describe and quantify system performance; and an analytic approach to determining the necessary compensation and residual wavefront error due to a tolerance. We design a triplet using this approach and compare its Monte-Carlo-modeled as-built performance to that of a conventionally-optimized design which optimizes only nominal performance. We also describe several extensions to the theory.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL-744118
Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087; OPEXFF; 899211
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344; LDRD 14-SI-005
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Publisher:
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 42 ENGINEERING; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Geometric optics; Aberration expansions; Aberrations (global); Computation methods; Lens system design; Optical design and fabrication; Aberration compensation; Alignment; Geometric optical design
OSTI Identifier:
1437218
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1458669

Bauman, Brian J., and Schneider, Michael D.. Design of optical systems that maximize as-built performance using tolerance/compensator-informed optimization. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1364/OE.26.013819.
Bauman, Brian J., & Schneider, Michael D.. Design of optical systems that maximize as-built performance using tolerance/compensator-informed optimization. United States. doi:10.1364/OE.26.013819.
Bauman, Brian J., and Schneider, Michael D.. 2018. "Design of optical systems that maximize as-built performance using tolerance/compensator-informed optimization". United States. doi:10.1364/OE.26.013819.
@article{osti_1437218,
title = {Design of optical systems that maximize as-built performance using tolerance/compensator-informed optimization},
author = {Bauman, Brian J. and Schneider, Michael D.},
abstractNote = {We describe an approach that enables the design of optical systems for optimal performance when built, i.e., when user-selected tolerances and compensators are taken into account. The approach does not require significant raytracing or computing time beyond what is used to optimize the nominal design. The approach uses nodal aberration theory to describe the effects of decentered optics; double Zernike polynomials to describe and quantify system performance; and an analytic approach to determining the necessary compensation and residual wavefront error due to a tolerance. We design a triplet using this approach and compare its Monte-Carlo-modeled as-built performance to that of a conventionally-optimized design which optimizes only nominal performance. We also describe several extensions to the theory.},
doi = {10.1364/OE.26.013819},
journal = {Optics Express},
number = 11,
volume = 26,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {5}
}