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Nonimaging Optics by With contributions by Narkis Shatz and John C. Bortz, Pablo G. Benitez, Juan C. Minano, Roland Winston

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11 GLOBAL OPTIMIZATION OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATORS

Narkis Shatz

John C. Bortz

Science Applications International Corporation, San Diego, CA

11.1 INTRODUCTION

Many nonimaging optical design problems encountered in practice have no known closed-form solutions. When this is the case, it is possible to obtain highperformance designs by means of global optimization. When applied to the design problem, this process is referred to as inverse engineering. This computationally intensive numerical design approach sequentially modifies the reflective and/or refractive surfaces of the optical system within a given parameterization scheme and constraint set until performance objective global optimality, evaluated upon a system radiometric model, ...

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