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Formerly novel optics: a collection of optical tidbits
Author(s): Douglas S. Goodman
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Paper Abstract

Thefirst birefringent optical element was the calcite trilobite eye, 540,000,000 years ago. One type was a hexagonal array of from one to several thousand lenslets of calcite crystals, oriented to produce no double images. At each molt new eyes were grown. Some trilobite eyes were calcite with spherical aberration correction resulting from a gradient index. (Some trilobites were blind.) Reference: Richard Fortey, Trilobite!, Knoff, New York, 2000

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 December 2001
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4442, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IV, (10 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449963
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Douglas S. Goodman, Polaroid Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4442:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IV
Jose M. Sasian; Paul K. Manhart, Editor(s)

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