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Optical-Design Techniques For Polymer Optics
Author(s): Richard M. Altman; John D. Lytle
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Paper Abstract

While the optimization software employed in optical design has indirect knowledge of the nature of the medium, characterizing the material only in terms of refractive indices and dispersion coefficients, optimized real life optical systems should be quite different in glass and polymer materials. To achieve an optimum system in polymer optical materials, the computer optimization must be guided by one who understands the differences in physical and chemical properties of the materials and the implications of a totally different set of fabrication techniques. While some of these considerations fall outside the realm which is of interest to the lens designer, it may be worthwhile to examine some of those considerations which bear directly upon the raytrace optimization procedures and techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1980
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0237, 1980 International Lens Design Conference, (16 September 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959105
Show Author Affiliations
Richard M. Altman, M. U. Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (United States)
John D. Lytle, M. U. Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (United States)

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

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