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Review of Zernike polynomials and their use in describing the impact of misalignment in optical systems
Author(s): Jim Schwiegerling
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Paper Abstract

The Zernike polynomials provide a generalized framework for analyzing the aberrations of non-rotationally symmetric optical systems with circular pupils. Even when systems are designed to be rotationally symmetric, fabrication and alignment errors will lead to non-rotationally symmetric aberrations. The properties of the Zernike polynomials are reviewed to illustrate their properties. Different indexing, normalization and ordering schemes are found in the literature and commercial software. He the schemes are compared to demonstrate some of the potential pitfalls of comparing Zernike polynomial results from different sources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10377, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XI, 103770D (22 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275378
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Jim Schwiegerling, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10377:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XI
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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