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Design-geometry-specific surface profiles
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Paper Abstract

A common approach used in the design of many optical systems includes the use of "standard" spherical, conic and/or polynomial aspheric surface profiles during the optimization process. Many times, the use of these "standard" surface profiles yields optical systems which either meet or exceed the optical system performance requirements. There are other optical systems, however, which cannot be optimized to their required performance levels using these "standard" optical surfaces. This paper will examine one such case and show how a new type of optical surface profile can be derived which will yield "perfect" optical performance. The derived surface equations will be coded into a user-defined surface in the CODE V optical design program, a verification ray trace will be performed and the explicit surface profile will be displayed. This technique will suggest that there may be other geometries for which surface shapes may be derived in order to solve specific optical problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3430, Novel Optical Systems and Large-Aperture Imaging, (8 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.332464
Show Author Affiliations
Martin R. Flannery, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
James Eugene Klein, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3430:
Novel Optical Systems and Large-Aperture Imaging
Kevin Dean Bell; Michael K. Powers; Jose M. Sasian, Editor(s)

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