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Baden-Württemberg Stiftung





twip optical solutions GmbH



Institut f. Technische Optik
Universität Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 9
70569 Stuttgart

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Hybrid optical systems

Hybrid optical systems

Many modern optical systems for imaging, metrology or medical diagnostics are based on a combination of technologies. This for example includes a combination of:

  •  Illumination and imaging functionality (e.g. contrast enhancement)
  •  spectral and conventional imaging (hyperspectral imaging). 
  • classical imaging and post-processing of data by image processing (computational imaging).
  • different metrology principles, such as microscopy and OCT principles.
  • different scales and structures, like a combination of nano-, micro- and macro-optical components or diffractive optics.    

This combination of  different technologies require the optical designer to include physical effects and post-processing into the optimization of the optical system, i.e. into the merit function. 


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Recent Publications

  1. Thiele, S., and Herkommer, A. M.  „Wave optical optimization of a high NA fiber tip TIR lens”, in Optical Fabrication and Testing (pp. JTu5A-14). (2014).
  2. Thiele, S., Blattmann, M., Zappe, H., Seifert, A., and Herkommer A., “Design of a Hybrid Miniaturized Zoom Imaging System”  in Fringe 2013 (pp. 947-950). Springer Berlin Heidelberg (2014).
  3. Thiele, S., A. Seifert, and A. M. Herkommer. "Wave-optical design of a combined refractive-diffractive varifocal lens",  Optics Express 22(11), 13343-13350 (2014).
  4. Herkommer A. M., Reichle R., Häfner M., et al., "Design and simulation of diffractive optical components in fast optical imaging systems," Proc. SPIE Vol. 8167, 816708 (2011).
  5. Herkommer, A. M., "Variable Beleuchtungssysteme - Konzepte und Limitationen am Beispiel Lithographie, DGaO Proceedings (2011).