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Wilbert IJzerman is a Full Professor and Chair of Illumination Optics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The TU/e Scientific Computing and Applications team (CASA), which he leads with dr.ir. Jan ten Thije Boonkkamp. They work on the mathematical-physical description and numerical simulation of illumination systems related to:

- The inverse optical problem. In the optical forward problem, the target distribution is calculated by ray tracing. In the inverse problem, the shape of the optical components is calculated directly given the source and target distribution. CASA aims to solve the inverse optical problem for more complex (industry-relevant) optical configurations that consist of more than one or two optical surfaces. In addition, CASA would like to find other solutions than current convex and concave solutions and to integrate the inverse approach with scattering surfaces.

- Improved optical simulation tools. A method based on Hamiltonian optics using the Liouville equation has significant speed advantages and will be developed further in the TTW Perspective Program ‘Free-Shape Scattering Optics’. CASA will extend the developed method to 3D and prove the applicability to practical problems.

The group’s work has resulted in a new versatile algorithm for mass transport problems that may be solved for arbitrary cost functions as well as improved ray tracing methods that are 1000x faster and 100x more accurate than current state-of-the-art methods.

Academic background

After finishing his MSc in applied physics in 1995 and MSc in applied mathematics in 1996 Wilbert obtained his PhD in applied mathematics in 2000, all at the University of Twente.

He completed his executive MBA at Rotterdam School of Management in 2011

In addition to his activities at CASA, Prof. IJzerman guides some PhD students on characterization of optical components and the design of scattering materials at the department of Applied Physics at TU/e. He is also the head of the sector Lighting Technology at Signify Research. In this role he is responsible for the long-term technology roadmap and execution thereof for all lighting products. He is (co-)author of over 50 granted US patents. Wilbert is also a Member of the Industrial Advisory Committee of the European Optical Society.

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light emitting diodes Physics & Astronomy
phosphors Physics & Astronomy
lenses Physics & Astronomy
illuminating Physics & Astronomy
color Physics & Astronomy
mean free path Physics & Astronomy
ray tracing Physics & Astronomy
four-wave mixing Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 1997 2019

Active flux schemes on moving meshes with applications to geometric optics

van Lith, B. S., ten Thije Boonkkamp, J. & IJzerman, W., 4 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Computational Physics: X. 3, 19 p., 100030

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
ray tracing
Liouville equations

A least-squares method for a Monge-Ampère equation with non-quadratic cost function applied to optical design

Yadav, N. K., ten Thije Boonkkamp, J. H. M. & IJzerman, W. L., 1 Jan 2019, Numerical Mathematics and Advanced Applications ENUMATH 2017. Radu, F. A., Kumar, K., Berre, I., Nordbotten, J. M. & Pop, I. S. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 301-309 9 p. (Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering; vol. 126)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Monge-Ampère Equation
Optical design
Optical Design
Least Square Method
Cost functions

A least-squares method for the design of two-reflector optical systems

Yadav, N., Romijn, L., ten Thije Boonkkamp, J. & IJzerman, W., 2019, In : JPhys Photonics. 1, 16 p., 034001

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Optical systems
Boundary value problems
Boundary conditions
Monte Carlo simulation

A Monge–Ampère problem with non-quadratic cost function to compute freeform lens surfaces

Yadav, N. K., ten Thije Boonkkamp, J. H. M. & IJzerman, W. L., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Scientific Computing. 80, 1, p. 475-499 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cost functions
Cost Function
Lens Design
1 Citation (Scopus)

Computation of double freeform optical surfaces using a Monge–Ampère solver: Application to beam shaping

Yadav, N. K., ten Thije Boonkkamp, J. H. M. & IJzerman, W. L., 15 May 2019, In : Optics Communications. 439, p. 251-259 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

lens design

Student theses

Fast ray tracing in phase space for optical design

Author: Portegies, J., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: ten Thije Boonkkamp, J. (Supervisor 1), IJzerman, W. (External coach) & Tukker, T. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Inverse design of cylindrically symmetric reflector with scattering surfaces

Author: Jiang, S., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: ten Thije Boonkkamp, J. (Supervisor 1) & IJzerman, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Numerical models of light scattering in a dusty plasma

Author: Bertens, M., 2016

Supervisor: IJzerman, W. (Supervisor 1), Beckers, J. (Supervisor 2) & Schepers, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Ray-optics analysis of switchable auto-stereoscopic lenticular-based 2D/3D displays

Author: Sluijter, M., 31 Dec 2005

Supervisor: IJzerman, W. (Supervisor 1), de Boer, D. (Supervisor 2) & Kroesen, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master