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Application of catadioptric mirrors in zoom optical systems
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Paper Abstract

Reflective optical surfaces offer lower aberrations than the equivalent refractive optical components and they are also free of chromatic aberrations; so the use of reflective surfaces in zoom systems should lead to better performance than the equivalent refractive systems. This is clearly a naive view because it ignores the problem of central obstruction and also the very low level of complexity of a reflective zooming group (at least notionally a single surface). On this bases we have exploited the additional complexity that Mangin or back-reflective mirrors offer, showing how a high degree of correction over a modest zoom range may be achieved with remarkably compact constructions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2774, Design and Engineering of Optical Systems, (23 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.246675
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Kuang-Lung Huang, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Jonathan Maxwell, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)


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

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