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Optical Engineering

Some properties of Mertz-type aspheric surfaces
Author(s): Torben B. Andersen
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Paper Abstract

The aspheric reflecting surface types studied by L. Mertz for correcting certain aberrations of a spherical primary telescope mirror are examined and some properties of these surfaces are presented. For the one-surface aspheric that corrects spherical aberration of all orders, a sixth-order equation for the surface shape is derived. For the set of two aspheric surfaces correcting spherical aberration and coma of all orders, a set of differential equations has been developed to describe the surface shapes. The off-axis imaging performance is derived from the on-axis imaging properties and compared with ray-trace results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 47(9) 093001 doi: 10.1117/1.2978951
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 47, Issue 9
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Torben B. Andersen, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)


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