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SOAR: a program for rapid calculation of stray light on the IBM PC
Author(s): Edward R. Freniere; Ronald D. Stern; James W. Howard
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Paper Abstract

A computer program has been written to rapidly calculate stray light in optical systems using the IBM PC. The program calculates the Point Source Transmittance by either of two methods. The first method uses formulas requiring only firstorder system parameters such as F-number, aperture diameter, primary Bidirectional Scattering Distribution Function, and baffle tube length. In the second method, paraxial rays are traced through the optical system and the program evaluates scattering from all of the optical surfaces. Stray irradiance at the focal plane of an optical system from an extended source such as the sun or the earth can be calculated by integrating the incident irradiance over the source, weighted by the Point Source Transmittance. The result is then multiplied by the integral of the system spectral transmittance function weighted by the blackbody function. The program also computes veiling glare, ghost images, narcissus, spectrally weighted transmittance, and illuminance and spectral luminance using the photopic and scotopic spectral efficacy functions. Blackbody-related functions including radiance contrast are also computed. Good agreement is obtained between GUERAP III and SOAR for Point Source Transmittance calculations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1331, Stray Radiation in Optical Systems, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22654
Show Author Affiliations
Edward R. Freniere, Telic Optics, Inc. (United States)
Ronald D. Stern, Telic Optics, Inc. (United States)
James W. Howard, Telic Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1331:
Stray Radiation in Optical Systems
Robert P. Breault, Editor(s)

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