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Optical design constraints for the successful fabrication and testing of aspheres
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Paper Abstract

The range of aspheres that may be designed is larger than the range of aspheres that may be successfully measured and manufactured. This can lead to frustration for both the optical designer and the optical fabricator. Available polishing tools impose some limitations; full-aperture interferometry imposes other limitations. The optical designer must include constraints in the merit function to encourage the design to respect these limitations if manufacturing is to proceed smoothly. The aspheric surface curvature plot provides key information to understanding which constraints must be added to the merit function to encourage the asphere designs to stay within the portion of solution-space that may be manufactured and measured. There is often little or no performance penalty due to adding these constraints.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9633, Optifab 2015, 96330T (11 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2195341
Show Author Affiliations
Dave Stephenson, JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC (United States)
Jay Kumler, JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9633:
Optifab 2015
Julie L. Bentley; Sebastian Stoebenau, Editor(s)

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