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Intensity control with a free-form lens

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A family of free-form lenses for intensity control is designed. The lens can shape an incident collimated beam with a given intensity distribution I1 into a new collimated beam with intensity distribution I2. No symmetry is assumed for the two intensity profiles. The key idea is that the lens design problem can be formulated and solved in terms of an optimization process involving a specific action functional. It is further shown that the free-form lens can be manufactured by a surfacing process using a convex tool.

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