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The earliest history of computer-aided optical design on large computers: the previously classified work by James G. Baker 1945-1954
Author(s): Kevin P. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

Optical design has always been conducted on the leading edge of computing hardware. In fact, the first significant run on the first large scale computer was made by James G. Baker, in 1945. Recently, a rare, complete set of reports on the earliest work to adapt optical design to large computers surfaced. This paper discusses specifically the early work aimed at automated optical design that is documented in these reports.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6668, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X, 66680C (14 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.739870
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Kevin P. Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6668:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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