Goal-Based Caustic Design and Fabrication

Project Members

Marios Papas (Disney Research Zurich)
Wenzel Jakob (Disney Research, Zurich)
Wojciech Jarosz (Disney Research Zurich)
Tim Weyrich (External Consultant)
Wojciech Matusik (Disney Research, Zurich)
Szymon Rusinkiewicz (External Consultant)

Disney Research, Zurich


We propose a system for designing and manufacturing transparent/refractive surfaces such that when light passes through them the focusing/bending of light produces a desired image (caustic). Our surfaces are arrays of micro-lenses. Each micro-lens focuses light to a anisotropic Gaussian footprint at some specified projection plane. Given a budget of NxN micro-lenses, we approximate a desired image as a superposition of anisotropic Gaussians. We then perform an optimization process to assign each Gaussian footprints to a micro-lens such that the resulting surface meets certain constraints imposed by the manufacturing process


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Goal-Based Caustics
June 6, 2011
Eurographics 2011
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