Abstract

We discuss a surprising new feature of the merit function landscape in optical system design. When certain conditions are satisfied, the local minima form a network in which all nodes are connected. Each link between two neighboring minima contains a saddle point with a Morse index of 1. For a simple global optimization search (the symmetric Cooke triplet), the network of the corresponding set of local minima is presented.

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