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Applied paraxial methods and some philosophical questions
Author(s): Cornelius Hahlweg; Wenjing Zhao; Joachim Doerfler; Hendrik Rothe
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Paper Abstract

The present paper is dedicated to some aspects of the paraxial geometric optical method, which are implicitly used, but often are misunderstood, especially by students. We discuss the symbolic character of the method versus its ability to represent real optical paths and the link to Fourier optics. Further special applications, such as the construction of the imaging properties of elliptical mirrors, are considered. The paper contains practical and comprehensible examples from various formerly published projects to explicitly illustrate relations and construction strategies, as they might appear in a text book on the topic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8842, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XVI, 88420A (30 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023700
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Cornelius Hahlweg, bbw Hochschule Berlin (Germany)
Helmut-Schmidt-Univ. (Germany)
Wenjing Zhao, Helmut-Schmidt-Univ. (Germany)
Joachim Doerfler, bbw Hochschule Berlin (Germany)
Hendrik Rothe, Helmut-Schmidt-Univ. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8842:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XVI
G. Groot Gregory; Arthur J. Davis, Editor(s)

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