The group Optical System Design is installed at the IAP in 2012 by a new founded professorship on 'Theory of Optical Systems'.

The chair professor Gross was in retirement since 1st April 2021, the process of appointing a successor is in progress.


The main area of interest and research in this group are:

Lens Design

  • Design of modern optical systems lens 4
  • Aberration theory
  • Performance evaluation of optical systems
  • Metrology of system quality
  • Layout of laser beam delivery systems
  • Optimization methods in optical design
  • Tolerancing of optical systemslens 1


 lens 7lens 3simul 6


General simulation of optical systems

  • Simulation of diffraction effects simul 8
  • Microscopic image formation
  • Calculation algorithms of wave propagation
  • Straylight and scattering in optical systems
  • Modelling of illuminations systems
  • Partial coherent imaging and beam propagationsimul 7
  • Point spread function engineering and Fourier optics

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