Come and join us for a one-day workshop in optics and system design hosted by Centre of Applied Photonics and the Photonics Club.

Optics and system design

Many products incorporate optics and photonics as a primary or auxiliary measurement/sensor system. Applications range from health care systems, robotics in industrial environments, and quality control in production lines, to quantitative analysis systems in food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.
The performance of these products depends on a reliable system design which must be considered starting from concept development to simulations and optimisations, and choice of components. Optical systems almost universally need to function well under a range of environmental conditions. These performance characteristics influence a variety of design choices that needs to be addressed early in a project.


In this workshop, you will learn to use simple tools to make preliminary evaluations of optical systems and understanding their limitations.

We introduce concepts in imaging optics including hands-on experiments, ray tracing simulations, illumination methods, and optical filters.

Who is the workshop intended for? 

Anyone who is interested in system development involving aspects of optics and photonics. 

Time and place 

Date & time
31st August 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FORCE Technology, Venlighedsvej 4, 2970 Hørsholm 

Sign up deadline
26th August 2022. Space is limited so please sign up early. 


For members of the Photonics Club: Free of charge 
For students: 500 DKK 
For employed: 1,000 DKK 

Kind regards,
The Photonics Club


08.45 - 09.00  Check in and breakfast 
09.00 - 10.45
Case 1-1: Optical system design
We use a request from an artist to make a mainly UVA-camera for cyanotype pictures to give an introduction to optical system design. After the introduction and some useful tools, we continue with a hands-on session where the concepts of imaging theory are tested with different lens design.
10.45 - 11.00
11.00 - 12.00
Case 1-2: Analysis of optical systems using ray-tracing simulation software
Based on the observations of the hands-on experiments, we look at an example of optical simulation software using different analysis techniques to evaluate imaging quality.
12.00 - 12.30
12.30 - 13.00
Case 1-3: The final design and test of the UVA camera
We use the design of the UVA camera to consider some additional practical considerations in optical system design.
13.00 - 14.00
Case 2: Projector system design
In many applications, a light source is needed to illuminate an object before imaging it. The illumination system will affect the image quality. After the introduction to optical energy transfer, a second hands-on session follows to build a simple projector system.
14.00 - 14.15
14.15 - 15.00
Case 3: Design of an optical system for fluorescence detection
We use the physical phenomena fluorescence as an example of using filtered light in process control or detection systems. We consider different types of optical filters and filtering methods and discuss their possibilities and limitations.
15.00 - 15.30
State-of-the-art interference filters
The design and fabrication of interference filters have developed rapidly during the last 20 years. Poul Svensgaard from Delta Optical Thin Film gives us an overview of the latest development and the application possibilities with interference filters used for optical sensors.
15.30 - 15.45
Specification of optics
Specifying optical components is essential to ensure system quality and optimum cost. We make some comments on specifications of optical surfaces, simple lenses, and mirrors.
15.45 - 16.00 
Ending the workshop