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A vector analysis of optical surface deformations
Author(s): R. E. Radau
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Paper Abstract

The "conventional" procedure in evaluating the image degradation caused by deformed optical surfaces uses only the local Z-component of the optical surface's nodal displacement vector along with the nominal X and Y-coordinates directly from a finite-element model (FEM) to evaluate a Zernike polynomial. The surface's decenter is handled separately. This method may produce significant errors if thermal loads and complex load combinations are considered. An alternative vector approach, which overcomes this problem in a single step, is presented.

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Date Published: 22 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5524, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII, (22 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.563408
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R. E. Radau, ROM Engineering, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5524:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII
Jose M. Sasian; R. John Koshel; Paul K. Manhart; Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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