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Practical methods for the optical design of systems without symmetry
Author(s): Kevin P. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

In the late seventies, a theory for the aberrations of optical systems that are not symmetric was developed. This particular approach had the advantage of building directly on an optical designer's insight into the conventional Seidel aberrations. In today's high performance computing environment, it is now possible to use aberration field visualization tools to optimize nonsymmetric systems, without a working knowledge of the underlying vector aberration theory. The application of these methods to current problems in astronomical instrumentation will be demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2774, Design and Engineering of Optical Systems, (23 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.246654
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Kevin P. Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2774:
Design and Engineering of Optical Systems
Joseph J. M. Braat, Editor(s)

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