Optical EngineeringModeling interferometers with lens design software
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Lens design software has been designed primarily to model conventional imaging systems. While interferometers do not generally fall into this category, lens design software nonetheless is well suited for analyzing a variety of aspects of interferometric systems. The general requirements for a ray-based model of interferometers are discussed, and a variety of examples are presented. The examples are designed to demonstrate both the power and flexibility of the approach proposed here for modeling interferometers.