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Using exact equations in PSF calculations
Author(s): Jean-Claude Perrin
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Paper Abstract

We are interested in calculating precisely the PSR far from its maximum, where the maxima of the irradiance are falling to 1E-06, or less. The first and most used method consist in calculating the Fourier transform of the wavefront using the Fast Fourier Transform algorithm (FFT). Another method is using the beam superposition technique (BST) to decompose the wavefront in Gaussian beams, propagate those beams, and recompose to obtain the result. The third method is to apply the exact equations derived at the end of last century and described in reference books like Born and Wolf or Marechel and Francon. We shall compare the result obtained with the three methods, FFT, BST, and exact calculation in the case of a F/3 system working at 4000 nm, in focus and in presence of small defocusing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3737, Design and Engineering of Optical Systems II, (27 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360058
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Jean-Claude Perrin, Consultant (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3737:
Design and Engineering of Optical Systems II
Fritz Merkle, Editor(s)

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