We propose a novel design methodology to tackle the multi-surface catadioptric freeform lens design for off-axis road illumination applications based on an ideal source. The lens configuration contains an analytic refractive entrance surface, an analytic total internal reflective (TIR) surface and two freeform exit surfaces. A curl-free energy equipartition is established between the source and target plane and applied to implement the composite ray mapping mechanism. Furthermore, the analytic TIR surface and refractive entrance surface are optimized for the minimal Fresnel losses and surface error based on Genetic algorithm (GA). The results show a significant improvement on illuminance uniformity and ultra-high transfer efficiency compared to the design employed our proposed method in [Zhu et al., Opt. Express 26, A54–A65 (2018) [CrossRef] ].
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