Share Email Print
cover

Optical Engineering

Accurate calculation of the irradiance of optical images
Author(s): Stephen James Dobson; Kaichang Lu
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $20.00 $25.00

Paper Abstract

Accurate knowledge of the relative image irradiance is important in the design of some optical instruments, e.g., IR systems, where it determines the apparent temperature of the object, and camera systems employing irregular-shaped aperture stops or light-absorbing elements. We review the quick Hopkins method for calculating the relative image irradiance of systems with circular or elliptical stops and then describe a modification that enables it to be used for the less conventional systems mentioned. The new method is used to calculate the relative irradiance of a camera objective that includes a neutral density wedge. We also present a brief discussion of the often misunderstood cos4 law, which is of some importance in the design of optical instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1998
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 37(10) doi: 10.1117/1.601816
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 37, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen James Dobson, Reading Univ. (United Kingdom)
Kaichang Lu, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)


© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top