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Diffraction and geometrical optical transfer functions: calculation time comparison
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In a recent paper, we compared the diffraction and geometrical optical transfer functions (OTFs) of an optical imaging system, and showed that the GOTF approximates the DOTF within 10% when a primary aberration is about two waves or larger [Appl. Opt., 55, 3241–3250 (2016)]. In this paper, we determine and compare the times to calculate the DOTF by autocorrelation or digital autocorrelation of the pupil function, and by a Fourier transform (FT) of the point-spread function (PSF); and the GOTF by a FT of the geometrical PSF and its approximation, the spot diagram. Our starting point for calculating the DOTF is the wave aberrations of the system in its pupil plane, and the ray aberrations in the image plane for the GOTF. The numerical results for primary aberrations and a typical imaging system show that the direct integrations are slow, but the calculation of the DOTF by a FT of the PSF is generally faster than the GOTF calculation by a FT of the spot diagram.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10375, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVIII, 103750D (23 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275377
Show Author Affiliations
José Antonio Díaz, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
Virendra N. Mahajan, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10375:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVIII
R. Barry Johnson; Virendra N. Mahajan; Simon Thibault, Editor(s)

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