Julius A. Muschaweck
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Editor
Area of Expertise:
Optical Design for Illumination , LEDs , Matlab , C++ , LightTools
Profile Summary

I am a German physicist, and have been working on optical design for illumination for over twenty years. After a stay as Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago with Prof. Roland Winston (well known as the originator of Nonimaging Optics), I was co-founder and CEO of OEC, an optical engineering service which pioneered freeform optics. Later, at OSRAM, where I held the position of Senior Principal Key Expert (the highest rank in the OSRAM/Siemens expert career), I coordinated the over 100 optical designers within OSRAM world-wide. I then joined ARRI, the leading movie camera and lamp head maker, as Principal Optical Scientist. Now, I am working as an independent consultant, providing illumination optics solutions to industry clients, teaching courses on illumination optics, and writing about the subject. I am is the author of over 25 scientific papers and the inventor of over 50 patent applications.
It is not only the surprising depth, and mathematical beauty, of illumination optics that continues to fascinate me after over 20 years in the field. What really strikes me as unique is that is beautiful, deep theory allows us to derive strong statements about what is possible, and what is impossible in our daily work as optical designers.
Publications (17)

SPIE Journal Paper | 27 October 2018
OE Vol. 57 Issue 10
KEYWORDS: Optical design, Optical engineering, Optics manufacturing, Software development, Optical testing, Imaging systems, Biomedical optics, Lens design, Optical fabrication, Cameras

Proceedings Article | 30 September 2013
Proc. SPIE. 8835, LED-based Illumination Systems
KEYWORDS: Computer aided design, Light sources, Data modeling, Ray tracing, Optical design, Light emitting diodes, Manufacturing, Binary data, Optical testing, Solid modeling

Proceedings Article | 18 December 2012
Proc. SPIE. 8550, Optical Systems Design 2012
KEYWORDS: Silicon, Solid state lighting, Refractive index, Light scattering, Glasses, Particles, Absorption, Semiconductors, Thermography, Scattering

Proceedings Article | 11 October 2012
Proc. SPIE. 8485, Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration IX
KEYWORDS: Ray tracing, Optical design, Light sources, Lamps, Projection systems, Monte Carlo methods, Mathematical modeling, Optical spheres, Geometrical optics, Optics manufacturing

Proceedings Article | 21 September 2011
Proc. SPIE. 8170, Illumination Optics II
KEYWORDS: Lamps, Light emitting diodes, LED lighting, Diffusers, Light sources and illumination, Floods, Optical design, Collimation, Light sources, Reflectors

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Proceedings Volume Editor (2)

SPIE Conference Volume | 11 December 2017

SPIE Conference Volume | 20 January 2015

Conference Committee Involvement (7)
Illumination Optics VI
13 September 2021 | Madrid, Spain
Illumination Optics V
14 May 2018 | Frankfurt, Germany
International Optical Design Conference 2017
9 July 2017 | Denver, United States
Illumination Optics IV
7 September 2015 | Jena, Germany
International Optical Design Conference 2014
22 June 2014 | Kohala Coast, Hawaii, United States
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