Freeform Optics (Freeform)

Freeform Optics (Freeform)

Freeform Optics explores the evolving impact of freeform optical surfaces on optical systems for both imaging and illumination. New fabrication techniques that create optical surfaces that are not surfaces of revolution open an expansive new space for optical systems. Particularly enabled systems include illumination systems, head-worn displays and mid- and long-wave pervasive surveillance systems. But optical testing methods for these new surfaces are lacking, and the theory and implementation of an aberration theory as a basis for optical design of these surfaces was only unraveled in 2012. The scope features work on the optical design of imaging systems with freeform surfaces, evolving methods for surface representation for illumination system optimization and a perspective on the new challenges these surface present to optical testing.

With the ever expanding successes from the introduction of freeform surfaces into both imaging and nonimaging (illumination) optical systems, there is innovative work being done in both academia and industry in all areas of optical system evolution including,

  • Optical design
  • Optical system simulation
  • Surface representation
  • Fabrication
  • Metrology
  • Optical system assembly
Invited speakers from both industry and academia will speak to the latest developments in these topics and more. 

  • The latest optical designs based on introducing freeform surfaces in lithography, imaging systems, and spectrometers
  • Illumination Systems that are improved or enabled by freeform surfaces
  • Recent examples of fully realized optical systems that utilize freeform optics
  • Optical design methods for introducing freeform surfaces
  • New methods for testing freeform surfaces
  • Advances in and examples of freeform surface fabrication
  • Methods for developing tolerances for freeform surface fabrication and assembly
  • Methods for specifying freeform surfaces for fabrication and accounting for orientation at assembly
  • Mathematics of freeform surface representations
  • Methods for displaying aberration field properties in optical systems with freeform surfaces
James Burge, University of ArizonaUnited StatesSimultaneous Measurement of Both Surfaces of Conformal Windows using Flexible Optical Ray Metrology , Invited

William Cassarly, Synopsys, IncUnited StatesAssessing Freeform Illumination Surface Tolerances, Invited

Michael Chrisp, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln LabUnited StatesImaging with NURBS Freeform Surfaces , Invited

Lovell Comstock, Corning IncorporatedUnited StatesManufacturing Large Stable Multi Spectral Coated Lightweight Freeform Optics , Invited

Matt Davies, Univ of North Carolina at CharlotteUltra-Precision diamond machining of freeform optics for the IR , Invited

Thomas Dresel , Zygo CorporationForm metrology of Toric Surfaces using Scanning Fizeau Interferometry, Invited

Fabian Duerr, Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgiumPotential Benefits of Freeform Optics in On-Axis Imaging Applications, Invited

Paul Dumas, QED Technologies IncUnited StatesHow MRF and SSI can benefit Freeform Manufacturing , Invited

Chris Evans, Univ of North Carolina at CharlotteUnited StatesFreeform Optical Surfaces: Metrology Capabilities and Challenges, Invited

Alan Greynolds, United StatesBattle of the Biconics: Comparison and Application of Various Anamorphic Optical Surfaces, Invited

Alois Herkommer, Universität StuttgartGermanyVisualizing Surface Aberration Contributions in Freeform Systems , Invited

Joseph Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUnited StatesFreeform Optics at NASA, Invited

Marc Huebner, Auer Lighting GmbHFreeform Surfaces Manufactured in Glass: Combining Theory and Practice , Invited

James McGuire, Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUnited StatesA fast, wide-field of view, freeform TMA: design, tolerance analysis, and primary mirror fabrication" , Invited

Christoph Menke, Carl Zeiss AGGermanyOptical Design with Orthogonal Freeform Representations, Invited

Juan Carlos Miñano, Universidad Politécnica de MadridSpainRecent Advances in Imaging SMS Designs , Invited

Jessica Nelson, Optimax Systems IncUnited StatesOptical Tolerance Suggestions to Make Freeform Optics Easier to Fabricate and Test , Invited

Dennis Ochse, JENOPTIK Optical Systems GmbHUnited StatesDescribing freeform surfaces with orthogonal functions , Invited

Fetze Pijlman, Philips ResearchNetherlandsFree Shape Optics on Flat Surfaces , Invited

Jie Qiao, Rochester Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesPerformance Analysis of an Optical Differentiation Wavefront Sensor and its Applications to the Metrology of Freeform Optics , Invited

Harald Ries, Optics & Energy ConceptsGermanyFreeform Optics Tailored to Illumination Tasks , Invited

Katrin Schroll, Osram GmbHGermanyDevelopment of a freeform 3-zone streetlight reflector , Invited

Jim Schwiegerling, University of ArizonaUnited StatesOphthalmic Applications of Freeform Optics , Invited

David Shafer, United StatesA Fast Speed, Wide-Angle, Freeform Aspheric Reflective Telescope with External Front Pupil, Invited

Stefan Sinzinger, Technische Universität IlmenauGermanyFreeform and Array Optics - Form Design to Application , Invited

Jan ten Thije Boonkkamp, Eindhoven University of TechnologyThe Monge-Ampere Equation for Freeform Optics , Invited

David Williamson, Nikon Research Corporation of AmericaUnited StatesFreeforms in EUV Lithography Projection Optics, Invited

Rengmao Wu, University of ArizonaUnited StatesThe Monge-Ampere Equation Design Method and Its Application to Beam Shaping , Invited


Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester, United States
Kevin Rolland-Thompson, Synopsys, Inc, United States


Angela DaviesUniv of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Kyle FuerschbachSandia National Laboratories, United States
Dae Wook KimUniversity of Arizona, United States
John KoshelUniv of Arizona, Coll of Opt Sciences, United States
Juan Carlos MiñanoUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Julius MuschaweckArnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co., Germany
Wilhelm UlrichCarl Zeiss AG, Germany

Conference Plenary Sessions

Tuesday, 9 June, 08:00 - 09:30
John Mather,  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Shree Nayar, Columbia University, USA

Wednesday, 10 June, 09:00 – 10:00
W.E. Moerner, Stanford University, USA

Conference Reception

Monday, 8 June, 19:00 – 20:30
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Session

Tuesday, 9 June, 19:00 – 20:30
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

International Year of Light Panel on Freeform Optics
Wednesday, 10 June, 19:30 – 21:30, Salon 4
Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester, USA
Julius Muschaweck, ARRI, Germany
Angela Davies, UNC at Charlotte, USA
Thomas Dresel, Ametek Zygo, USA
Christoph Menke, Carl Zeiss, Germany
Joseph Owen, UNC at Charlotte, USA
Kevin Thompson, Synopsys, USA

John Mather

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Nobel Prize in Physics 2006
The James Webb Space Telescope 

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned for launch in October 2018, utilizes high performance imaging optics to see beyond what the great Hubble Space Telescope can see, farther away and farther back in time.   It will be the workhorse telescope for a generation of space astronomers, opening the infrared (0.6-28 µm) window with a 6.6 m aperture cold telescope. To test it end-to-end, we have developed remarkable laser interferometer technologies, with computer-generated holograms to test the primary mirror, and it must all be done cold and in a vacuum tank.  I will outline the mission design, the scientific objectives, and the current status.

John Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist and is the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) where his research centers on infrared astronomy and cosmology.  He led proposal efforts for the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), which ultimately enabled the COBE team to show that the cosmic microwave background radiation has a blackbody spectrum within 50 parts per million, confirming the expanding universe model (the Big Bang Theory) and initiating the study of cosmology as a precision science. The COBE team also first mapped the hot and cold spots in the background radiation (anisotropy), now attributed to quantum fluctuations in an inflationary period in the first 10-36 sec of the universe; Stephen Hawking called their discovery “the most important scientific discovery of the century, if not of all time.”

W.E. Moerner

Stanford University, USA
Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 2014

W. E. Moerner, the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University, conducts research in physical chemistry and chemical physics of single molecules, single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution imaging and tracking in cells, and trapping of single molecules in solution. His interests span methods of precise quantitation of single-molecule properties, to strategies for three-dimensional imaging and tracking of single molecules, to applications of single-molecule measurements to understand biological processes in cells, to observations of the photodynamics of single photosynthetic proteins and enzymes. He has been elected Fellow/Member of the NAS, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AAAS, ACS, APS, and The Optical Society. Major awards include the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Shree Nayar

Columbia University, USA

Advances in Computational Imaging
Computational imaging uses new optics to capture a coded image, and an appropriate algorithm to decode the captured image. This approach of manipulating images before there are recorded and processing recorded images before they are presented has three key benefits. First, it enables us to implement imaging functionalities that would be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve using traditional imaging. Second, it can be used to significantly reduce the hardware complexity of an imaging system. Lastly, under appropriate imaging conditions, it allows us to break the limits of traditional imaging. In this talk, I'll show recent examples of cameras that demonstrate these benefits.

Shree K. Nayar is the T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He heads the Columbia Vision Laboratory (CAVE), which develops advanced computer vision systems. His research is focused on three areas - the creation of novel cameras that provide new forms of visual information, the design of physics based models for vision and graphics, and the development of algorithms for understanding scenes from images. His work is motivated by applications in the fields of digital imaging, computer graphics, robotics and human-computer interfaces.

Nayar received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. For his research and teaching he has received several honors including the David Marr Prize (1990 and 1995), the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship (1992), the National Young Investigator Award (1993), the NTT Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award (1994), the Keck Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (1995), the Columbia Great Teacher Award (2006), and the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Achievement Award (2009). For his contributions to computer vision and computational imaging, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and the National Academy of Inventors in 2014.