Optical engineers often limit their focus on meeting the provided targets on performance and geometry and assume that the specifications are largely non-negotiable. Such approach ignores the value proposition behind the product and the challenges associated with overall product design, manufacturing, business development and legal issues. As a result, the design effort can be expensive, time consuming and can result in product failure. We discuss a product based systems engineering approach that leads to an application specific optical design that is more effective and efficient to implement.
Lightpipes are used to transfer light from the source to a desired target. The lightpipe shape typically conforms to the necessary path, thus bending of the lightpipe is required. A number of different methods of bending the lightpipe have been developed, from linear, discontinuous bends to smooth, common circular bends to bends that expand or contract the cross-sectional size of the lightpipe over the path. In this paper we develop a set of parameters to describe the overall shape of an in-plane lightpipe section. These parameters include the thickness, radius of bend, index of refraction, and ratios of sets of these parameters. The transfer efficiency from the source to target is used to quantify the utility of parameterized lightpipes. Etendue is used to highlight the results. More complex lightpipes, such as those with several bends along their path, can be developed from the combination of parameterized sections. Finally, this parameterization can be used to automate the development of lightpipe geometry within optical analysis and design software.
Conference Committee Involvement (4)
International Optical Design Conference 2010
13 June 2010 | Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems V
11 August 2008 | San Diego, California, United States
Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems IV
26 August 2007 | San Diego, California, United States
Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems III
13 August 2006 | San Diego, California, United States