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Optical Design With A Pocket Calculator
Author(s): David E. Stoltzmann
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Paper Abstract

Various optical design techniques and examples are Presented for users of programmable pocket calculators. Third-order analysis and real ray tracing of up to tenth-order aspheric surfaces is performed with available calculator programs. Design examples include the computation of optical path difference (OPD), ray tracing decentered systems, root-mean scuare best focus for spot diagrams, image tilt in an off-axis parabola, a comparison of third-order aberrations relationships, ray tracing with a third-order ray-trace polynomial, third-order spot diagrams, some selected first- and third-order design principles, a comparison of surface profile equations and how to convert between them, and a holographic optical element design example. In addition, the computation of the diffraction point spread function for annular aperture and rectangular aperture systems is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1982
PDF: 23 pages
Proc. SPIE 0327, Sensor Design Using Computer Tools, (30 June 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933358
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David E. Stoltzmann, Honeywell Systems and Research Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0327:
Sensor Design Using Computer Tools
John A. Jamieson, Editor(s)

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