Nov 15, 2012 - Jannick Rolland

Freeform Optical Surfaces

Slow-servo diamond turning has revolutionized what is possible in optical fabrication. As a result, optical design provides new horizons where freeform surfaces may offer new degrees of freedom. In this talk I will provide a brief history of the emergence of freeform optics and point to a growing customer base. I will then discuss recent advances in surface shape descriptions for freeform optics from phi-polynomials to multi-centric radial basis functions. Finally, we will show how freeform surfaces may provide in one case study a factor of 10 in field area. Insight into the correction of aberrations will be provided and two metrology approaches to testing freeform surfaces will be discussed.


Jannick Rolland, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

Jannick Rolland is the Brian J. Thompson (chair) Professor of Optical Engineering at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. She is the director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering as well as the director of the planned NSF Center for Freeform Optics.  She directs the ODALab ( and holds appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and in the Center for Visual Science. She earned an Optical Engineering Diploma from the Institut D'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, France, and an MS and PhD in Optical Science from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Professor Rolland is a NYSTAR Fellow, a Fellow of OSA and SPIE, and a senior member of IEEE. Professor Rolland is serving on the Meetings Council of the OSA and is a Director at Large on the OSA Board of Directors.




Pre-registration discount DINNER reservations must be made by 6 PM, November 12, the Monday before the meeting. Full-price reservation accepted thereafter. Walk-ins welcome at full-price. MEETING-ONLY registrations appreciated by November 14, the day before the meeting.  Please make reservations online. Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at 617.584.0266. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM. When making reservation requests, please provide the following information:
  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
  • Name(s) and membership status
  • Daytime phone number where you can be reached (in case of change or cancellation)


Rebeccas Cafe (Located in back of the office complex)
275 Grove Street
Auburndale, MA 02466

(617) 969-3282

(Map to Rebecca's).

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:45, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Vegetarian option available on request

Dinner Prices:

   Register on/before
 DINNER Reservation Date 
 Late Reservations 
 NES/OSA Members and their guests   $25.00 each   $30.00 
 Non-members   $30.00 (See NOTE Below)   $35.00 
 Students   $5.00   $5.00 
 Post-Docs   $15.00   $15.00 








NOTE: The NES/OSA has not changed dinner prices in several years but has been facing higher costs. We will maintain the current dinner prices for those reserving dinner on the requested date but still try to accommodate late reservations.

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Membership Rates:

Regular members $15.00
Student members free




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