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Dimensional Analysis Of The Paraxial Equations Of Optics
Author(s): Roger Carmichael
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Paper Abstract

On looking for a simplified method for dealing with the paraxial lens formulas one finds that by using the lens focal length F as a unit of measure the paraxial equations quickly simplify to a pair of graphs readily depicting the locus of all possible object and image parameters (location and size) for converging lenses (lenses with thick centers). A "thin lens" is converging if its center is thicker than its edges. A "thick" converging lens has object and image distances measured from principle planes rather than lens center as in a "thin" lens.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 1980
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0190, Los Alamos Conference on Optics 1979, (13 November 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.957717
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Roger Carmichael, Flexion Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0190:
Los Alamos Conference on Optics 1979
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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