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The Rise of Freeform Surfaces in the Design of Optical Systems
Freeform optics has set a new path for optical system design across a wide range of applications spanning from microscopy to space optics, including the billion $ consumer market of near-eye displays for augmented reality that set us on this technology path in the first place. Today, freeform optics have been demonstrated to yield compact, achromatic, and high-performance imaging systems that are poised to enable the science of tomorrow. In this webinar, we will briefly introduce freeform optics and highlight emerging design methods. We will then present success stories and highlight active research in digital viewfinder, imager, and spectrometer designs that we anticipate will stimulate cooperation towards accelerating gain in enabling knowledge in freeform optics.

Apr 6, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jannick Rolland
Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the Institute of Optics and Chief Technology Officer @University of Rochester and LighTopTech Corp
Jannick Rolland is the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and the Chief Technology Officer of LighTopTech Corp., a startup she co-founded in 2013 in biotechnology. At the University of Rochester, she is the Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO) that focuses on graduate education and Director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering that engages undergraduates hands-on in optical design, fabrication and metrology. She leads the ODALab (www.odalab-spectrum.org) that supports a team of about 20 scholars from undergraduates to senior scientists. Professor Rolland holds appointments in the Center for Visual Science and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She earned an optical engineering diploma from the Institut D'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, France, and an MS and PhD in Optical Science from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Professor Ro