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KiwiStar: a design system for ultrafast high-resolution broad-spectrum wide-angle catadioptric lenses
Author(s): David A. Beach
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Paper Abstract

A new imaging system format is presented which permits near-zero values for all the classical Seidel aberrations at relative apertures faster than f/1, with field angles of up to 7°arc, ~106 resolved pixels, a 600nm bandwidth in the visible/NIR, and zero vignetting. Performance is limited only by high-order aberrations. The only full- aperture component is a spherical mirror; all other surfaces are spherical except for an optional small weak zonal corrector. The new design approach is suited to aperture diameters of 100mm to >2m when used with appropriate electronic detectors. Thermal infrared variants are possible. In general, at least one order improvement in data acquisition rate is possible compared to that of existing designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3130, Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling, (25 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284070
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David A. Beach, Industrial Research Ltd. (New Zealand)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3130:
Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling
R. Barry Johnson; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Richard C. Juergens; Richard C. Juergens; Paul R. Yoder Jr.; Warren J. Smith; Paul R. Yoder Jr., Editor(s)

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