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Materials figure of merit for achromatic gradient index (GRIN) optics
Author(s): G. Beadie; J. N. Mait; R. A. Flynn; P. Milojkovic
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Paper Abstract

A new figure of merit is developed for ranking pairs of materials as candidates for gradient index (GRIN) optics capable of good color correction. The approach leverages recent work which derives a connection in GRIN lenses between the optical properties of constituent materials and the wavelength dependence of the lens power. We extend the analysis here, the effectiveness of which is evidenced by a simulated f/3 GRIN lens with diffraction-limited performance over the visible spectrum, using the top material pair selected out of a database of >60,000 possible candidates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9822, Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR, 98220Q (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224105
Show Author Affiliations
G. Beadie, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. N. Mait, Army Research Lab. (United States)
R. A. Flynn, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
P. Milojkovic, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9822:
Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR
Jay N. Vizgaitis; Bjørn F. Andresen; Peter L. Marasco; Jasbinder S. Sanghera; Miguel P. Snyder, Editor(s)

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