SMS2D designs as starting points for lens optimization
Traditional imaging design methods can often be ineffective when designing aspheric systems because of the large number of optimization parameters and lack of a good starting point. They are often trapped in a poor local minimum and it can be highly time-consuming to find a good solution in a bumpy design landscape. The simultaneous multiple surface (SMS) method can significantly shorten the time and effort needed to find a desired solution by providing a starting point to optimize close to a good local minimum. We investigate here two design examples and compare them with similar designs obtained via traditional design approaches, as well as global optimization. In the examples considered here, the SMS method combined with a shorter optimization leads to an optimal design.