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Estimating Optical System Performance From A Statistical Description Of Its Probable Manufacturing Errors
Author(s): D. S. Nicholson
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Paper Abstract

Once the requirements for a diffraction-limited imaging optical system have been established, the aperture needed to permit sufficient energy to reach the image and the focal length required to meet the specified resolution can be determined. As anyone who has spent even a little time with the problems of optical design knows, this upper bound can be achieved in only the rarest of circumstances. The real system must be manufactured to a practical set of fabrication tolerances. The design, therefore, must be sufficiently better than the requirements so the realities of execution will permit a system to be fabricated and assembled to yield satisfactory performance. This paper describes a procedure whereby the designer can not only predict the average performance of a proposed system, but can also establish some bounds on its expected performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1974
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0054, Effective Systems Integration and Optical Design I, (1 March 1974); doi: 10.1117/12.954239
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D. S. Nicholson, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0054:
Effective Systems Integration and Optical Design I
Gary W. Wilkerson; Robert Poindexter, Editor(s)

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