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The Pursuit Of Symmetry In Wide-Angle Reflective Optical Designs
Author(s): Irving R. Abel; Marcus R. Hatch
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Paper Abstract

The design of wide-angle reflective optical systems has been to a large degree a pursuit of symmetry. Major systems developed in the 1970s can be broken down as modular design combinations of three classical systems--Schmidt, Schwarzschild, and Baker. These configurations are based on the following four constructional principles: 1) aperture stop and correction at the center of curvature of a spherical mirror, 2) confocality of two parabolic mirrors working at infinite conjugates, 3) concentric mirrors, 4) polar strip field coverage. Five notable wide-angle reflective systems developed in '70s are: 1) Two-Axis Baker, 2) Hughes WALRUS, 3) Honeywell Wide-Angle Conical Scanner, 4) Perkin-Elmer Ring Telescope, 5) Corrected Schwarzschild.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1980
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0237, 1980 International Lens Design Conference, (16 September 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959094
Show Author Affiliations
Irving R. Abel, Honeywell Electro-Optics Center (United States)
Marcus R. Hatch, Honeywell Electro-Optics Center (United States)


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

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