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Trends And Limits In The Production Of Optical Elements And Optical Systems
Author(s): Paul Kuttner
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Paper Abstract

The quality in the production of optical systems is limited by the accuracy in the several steps of the used production technique, and by the precision of the mounting procedure. The tolerances to be achieved with the technique of the today's state of the art are discussed in comparison with those in the past and with a prospective look into the future. Important parameters are: the quality of the optical materials with regard to homogeneity and repeatibility of the refractive index, the production of spherical optical surfaces, the state of the art of the centering technique, the mechanical production technique and its accuracy, the mounting techniques for optical systems. Instruments are needed to measure the quality of optical systems. The essential parameters of lenses to be controlled are MTF, focal length, vignetting, veiling glare, distortion and modulation transfer function.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1979
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0163, Advances in Optical Production Technology II, (25 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.956908
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Paul Kuttner, Optical Works G. Rodenstock (West Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0163:
Advances in Optical Production Technology II

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