Design of spherical symmetric gradient index lenses


Spherical symmetric refractive index distributions also known as Gradient Index lenses such as the Maxwell-Fish-Eye (MFE), the Luneburg or the Eaton lenses have always played an important role in Optics. The recent development of the technique called Transformation Optics has renewed the interest in these gradient index lenses. For instance, Perfect Imaging within the Wave Optics framework has recently been proved using the MFE distribution. We review here the design problem of these lenses, classify them in two groups (Luneburg moveable-limits and fixed-limits type), and establish a new design techniques for each type of problem.

Publication type: 
Dissertation by Invitation
Published in: 
Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration IX,Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8485 pp.848508-848508-13. San Diego (CA), USA
Publication date: 
August 2012
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