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Title: Final Scientific Report

Project 1: We have created a 3D optical research and design software platform for simulation and optimization, geared toward asymmetric, folded optical systems and new, enabling freeform surfaces. The software, Eikonal+, targets both institutional researchers and leading optical surface fabricators. With a modular design and the source code available to the development team at the University of Rochester, custom modules can be created for specific research interests and is accelerating the work on freeform optics currently being carried out at the Institute of Optics. With a research-based optical design environment, the fabrication, assembly, and testing industries can anticipate, innovate, and retool for the future of optical systems. Targeted proposals for science and innovation in freeform optics spanning design to fabrication, assembly, and testing can proceed with a level of technical transparency that has been unachievable in this field since the 1960’s, when optics design code was commercialized and became unavailable to the research community for competitive reasons. Project 2: The University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) with personnel from Flint Creek Resources (FCR) collaborated to develop technologies for the reclamation and reuse of cerium oxide based slurries intended for the polishing of optical components. The pilot process wasmore » evaluated and modifications were made to improve the collection of spent glass polish, to improve the efficiency and capacity of the recycling equipment, and to expand the customer base. A portable, self-contained system was developed and fabricated to recycle glass polishing compounds where the spent materials are produced.« less
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  1. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)
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Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)
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97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE software; optics; ray tracing; optical design; lenses; lens design; glass polish; recycle; rare earth polish; cerium oxide; ceria; waste recycling; polishing slurry