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Solid Optics: The Application Of Precision Manufacturing To Small, Complex Optical Systems
Author(s): H.John Caulfield
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Paper Abstract

A variety of approaches have been proposed in recent years for construction of Solid Optics. After a brief review of the goals and history, we describe a new, systematic approach. The new approach involves the total removal of air gaps from the system. This requires "solid air" for light propagation. Solid air, in turn, behaves differently from the more familiar air. In particular, it has a larger index of refraction and more dispersion. Modular, highly manufacturable systems approaches are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 1987
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0748, Structural Mechanics of Optical Systems II, (3 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.939817
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H.John Caulfield, University of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0748:
Structural Mechanics of Optical Systems II
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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