Classical (Nonlaser) Methods



  • In this chapter, the design and analysis of nonlaser optical systems used for beam shaping are discussed. Geometrical optics is used to evaluate the irradiance throughout the optical system. A method based on differential equations is presented for evaluating the contour of an optical surface (mirror or lens) that will transform a given input beam profile into a specified output beam profile or irradiance distribution over a detector surface. Nonlaser beam shaping differs from laser beam shaping in two major ways. First, it deals with more general sources, such as Lambertian sources, line sources, or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Second, it is only concerned with providing a certain irradiance distribution at a particular surface. It is not concerned with propagating a beam beyond that surface or form of the irradiance distribution at intermediate points.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9781466561007
  • Pubmed Id

  • 12654995
  • Start Page

  • 525
  • End Page

  • 558