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Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship:

Tina Kidger and Yunfeng Nie
Kidger Scholarship Award Presentation
UKODM 2016
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Oxfordshire, UK, 15 September 2016

Award Year 2016
The 2016 winner of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship award is Yunfeng Nie. Yunfeng is a PhD student under the guidance of Prof. Fabian Duerr (2012 Kidger Scholar Awardee) and Prof. Hugo Thienpont at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research is funded by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network "ADvanced OPtical SYStem design" (ADOPSYS) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Included in her continuing research is a new design algorithm for specialty freeform imaging systems. Yunfeng hopes to complete her PhD in early 2018.

The 2016 Kidger Scholarship award was presented to Yunfeng on 15 September 2016 by Tina E. Kidger at UKODM 2016, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK.

Previously, Yunfeng majored in Precision Machinery and Precision Instrumentation at the University of Science and Technology of China. Subsequently, she was awarded a Master's degree in Optical Engineering from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in July 2012. Yunfeng won the Excellent Graduate Student of Beijing Award in 2012, and also the graduate student's Highest Director Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

During her curent research investigations, Yunfeng has identified the lack of state-of-the-art direct design methods to incorporate an entrance pupil in the optical design process an important factor for correcting off-axis aberrations. By implementing the two-dimensional multi-fields design approach, Yunfeng has accomplished both of her envisioned goals: to include an entrance pupil and to balance image quality over the full field of view through an elegant partial coupling of a large number of fields.


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