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Optical design

Optical design for product development

Optical design for product development is our reason of being. We have extensive experience in physical optics, geometrical optics, photonics, optical physics, opto-mechanics and opto-electronics. We design complex optical systems and precision optics for different applications. Our work always starts with the concept: this is fundamental to achieving a functional optical system.

In ASE Optics Europe we use the most advanced calculation tools as Code V, ZEMAX or Matlab to establish an optical model and simulate the operation of the optical system, considering the propagation of light from a source or scene, through optical means and reaching a sensor.

Through calculation, simulation and implementation of optimization algorithms, we mold the optical components to achieve the best optical function, taking into account environmental factors such as athermalization, tightness, pressure or vibration. This involves varying optical surfaces, relative distances, materials, optical coatings, etc., always without forgetting the manufacturability. We also use our experience in optical freeform, aspherical surfaces (aspheres), cylindrical surfaces for anamorphic optics or diffractive and refractive optics.

Optical design for complex optical systems

Our designs are currently in use in national laboratories and widely used in medical devices, research instrumentation, scientific facilities, defense and aerospace systems, laser systems for metrology and inspection, bio-medical applications, industrial applications…the list goes on. Our expertise and experience in optical design includes:

  • Imaging systems
  • Low-light optronic systems
  • Specialty microscope objectives
  • Zoom systems
  • Wide angle lenses
  • Macro lenses
  • Optical relays
  • Laser and LED projection systems
  • Lasr optics and optical physics
  • LIDAR Systems
  • Optical Coherence Tomography systems
  • Fiber coulping
  • Beam shaping delivery
  • Interferometric systems
  • Projection optics
  • Zoom projectors
  • High power broadband projection


Lens Design

We provide a high-quality and accurate lens design to meet all the performance requirements and constraints, including cost and manufacturing limitations. All parameters are studied with the utmost accuracy and precision for our team of optical engineers, using ray tracing and other techniques to model how the lens affects light that passes through it. Our lens design expertise covers the following:


We use all the available techniques, to guarantee the best solution:

  • Refractive, reflective or catadioptric
  • Diffractive optical elements
  • Aspheres
  • Freeform surfaces
  • Optimization
  • Tolerancing

Different optical materials for your custom optics

  • Glass lenses: traditional and molded designs
  • IR Optical materials
  • Polymer optics
  • Metal optics

Do you know one of our main advantages? In ASE Optics we have an open and horizontal process: you can start with a concept design and continue with the product or system development. With us, all the process will be covered and you will get your final system assembled, integrated, tested and working.


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