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SLIDERS: the next generation of automated optical design tools has arrived
Author(s): Joseph M. Howard
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Paper Abstract

Optical design tools are presented to provide automatic generation of reflective optical systems for educational use. The tools are graphical in nature and use an interactive slider interface with freely available optical design software. Operation of the sliders provides input to adjust first-order and other system parameters (e.g. focal length), while appropriate system construction parameters are automatically updated to correct aberrations. Graphical output is also presented in real-time (e.g. a lens drawing) to provide the opportunity for a truly visual approach to optical design. Available systems include two- and three-mirror telescopes, relays, and afocal systems, either rotationally symmetric or having just a plane of symmetry. Demonstrations are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 November 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5174, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VI, (6 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.506889
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Joseph M. Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5174:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VI
Jose M. Sasian; R. John Koshel; Paul K. Manhart, Editor(s)

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