A Monge-Ampère-solver for free-form reflector design

C.R. Prins, J.H.M. Thije Boonkkamp, ten, J. Roosmalen, van, W.L. IJzerman, T.W. Tukker

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In this article we present a method for the design of fully free-form reflectors for illumination systems. We derive an elliptic partial differential equation of the Monge-Ampère type for the surface of a reflector that converts an arbitrary parallel beam of light into a desired intensity output pattern. The differential equation has an unusual boundary condition known as the transport boundary condition. We find a convex or concave solution to the equation using a state of the art numerical method. The method uses a nonstandard discretization based on the diagonalization of the Hessian. The discretized system is solved using standard Newton iteration. The method was tested for a circular beam with uniform intensity, a street light, and a uniform beam that is transformed into a famous Dutch painting. The reflectors were verified using commercial ray tracing software.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)B640-B660
TijdschriftSIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusGepubliceerd - 2014


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