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Nodal aberration theory applied to freeform surfaces
Author(s): Kyle Fuerschbach; Jannick P. Rolland; Kevin P. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

When new three-dimensional packages are developed for imaging optical systems, the rotational symmetry of the optical system is often broken, changing its imaging behavior and making the optical performance worse. A method to restore the performance is to use freeform optical surfaces that compensate directly the aberrations introduced from tilting and decentering the optical surfaces. In order to effectively optimize the shape of a freeform surface to restore optical functionality, it is helpful to understand the aberration effect the surface may induce. Using nodal aberration theory the aberration fields induced by a freeform surface in an optical system are explored. These theoretical predications are experimentally validated with the design and implementation of an aberration generating telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9293, International Optical Design Conference 2014, 92931V (17 December 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2073253
Show Author Affiliations
Kyle Fuerschbach, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Jannick P. Rolland, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Kevin P. Thompson, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9293:
International Optical Design Conference 2014
Mariana Figueiro; Scott Lerner; Julius Muschaweck; John Rogers, Editor(s)

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