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A new generation of optical systems with phi-polynomial surfaces
Author(s): Kyle H. Fuerschbach; Kevin P. Thompson; Jannick P. Rolland
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances have made it viable to fabricate optical surfaces that are not rotationally symmetric using a new generation of diamond-turning machines. These surfaces can greatly extend the field of view of optical systems and provide compact solutions. Through the use of optimization and analysis methods that track aberration content throughout the field of view, two non-rotationally symmetric designs that provide a compact mirror based geometry with a 10 degree full field of view are presented and compared. It is shown that a φ-polynomial surface provides superior optical performance to an anamorphic asphere because the surface can be made comatic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7652, International Optical Design Conference 2010, 76520C (2 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.869455
Show Author Affiliations
Kyle H. Fuerschbach, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Kevin P. Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)
Jannick P. Rolland, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7652:
International Optical Design Conference 2010
Julie Bentley; Anurag Gupta; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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