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Software for tolerance analysis of optical systems
Author(s): Rainer G. Schuhmann; Geoff Adams
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Paper Abstract

A new program for the tolerancing of optical designs is presented. This software was developed using a combination of theoretical understanding and practical experience. A comprehensive sensitivity analysis provides insight into the key parameters. Tolerance editors allow the user to define satisfactory tolerances in an interactive process involving parameter and defect variations; a key feature is the statistical prediction of system performance, which provides rapid feedback on the impact of any change. The production of a batch of optical systems under the current tolerances can be modeled in a Monte Carlo simulation; the resultant aberration variations are shown in multiple dynamic graphs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4093, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Systems Engineering, (24 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405230
Show Author Affiliations
Rainer G. Schuhmann, LINOS Photonics GmbH (Germany)
Geoff Adams, The Optical Software Co. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4093:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Systems Engineering
Robert E. Fischer; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Warren J. Smith; Warren J. Smith; William H. Swantner, Editor(s)

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