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Designing with φ-polynomial surfaces
Author(s): Kyle H. Fuerschbach; Jannick P. Rolland; Kevin P. Thompson
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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. This new fabrication capability allows for surfaces whose departure from a sphere varies both radially and azimuthally in the aperture to be machined into an optical surface. This new degree of freedom allows for the design of unobscured optical systems that are truly non-symmetric by tilting the optical surfaces themselves. With this new design degree of freedom, the aperture and field of view can be pushed to yield an order of magnitude increase in aerial coverage over current production while maintaining a compact solution. In one particular case, to be presented, a diffraction limited (< λ/10), long wave infrared (LWIR), F/1.9, 10° full field of view sensor telescope is designed by introducing these non-symmetric surfaces into the optical surface prescription.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8167, Optical Design and Engineering IV, 81670Z (22 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.904944
Show Author Affiliations
Kyle H. Fuerschbach, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Jannick P. Rolland, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Kevin P. Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)
The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8167:
Optical Design and Engineering IV
Jean-Luc M. Tissot; Laurent Mazuray; Rolf Wartmann; Jeffrey M. Raynor; Andrew Wood, Editor(s)

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