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Aberration Balancing Criterion For Nondiffraction-Limited Lenses
Author(s): Berge Tatian
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Paper Abstract

An effective procedure for the optimum balancing of aberrations in non-diffraction-limited lenses is an important and unsolved problem in lens design. In order to obtain an understanding of what is involved, an empirical study was conducted for the case of optimizing the modulation transfer function (MTF) in the presence of spherical aberration. The results of this study indicated the reason why direct optimization of the MTF is probably not a very good approach, and also suggested a possible method for accomplishing this balancing based on the Rayleigh quarter-wavelength rule, and using Jacobi orthogonal polynomials, of which the Zernike polynomials are a special case.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1980
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0237, 1980 International Lens Design Conference, (16 September 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959072
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Berge Tatian, Itek Optical Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0237:
1980 International Lens Design Conference
Robert E. Fischer, Editor(s)

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