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Alternate Surface Intersection Points
Author(s): Patrick S. Cheatham
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Paper Abstract

Two optical ray trace conventions are addressed. The choice of ray-surface intersection has been based on convention rather than examination of the situation. The problem can be handled automatically by specifying an active side to a surface and then associating a direction to the surface normal based on that active side. The two solutions obtained by solving the equation of the line and surface can then be tested by scalar product with the normal. The reflection algorithm is restructured to eliminate the need for a negative index and the concept of rays traveling in negative space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1980
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0237, 1980 International Lens Design Conference, (16 September 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959079
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Patrick S. Cheatham, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)


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

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