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Optical design tools for reflective optical systems
Author(s): Joseph M. Howard
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Paper Abstract

Imaging constraints are applied in lens design software macros for automatic generation of Ritchey-Chretien, Three-Mirror-Anastigmat (TMA), and plane symmetric configurations of spherical, conic, and general aspheric mirrors. These tools provide rapid development of telescope and instrument designs by reducing the available degrees of freedom confronting the designer while maintaining the desired set of image properties (e.g. focal length and aberration control). A brief example of a Ritchey-Chretien telescope is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4849, Highly Innovative Space Telescope Concepts, (18 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.478492
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Joseph M. Howard, NASA Goodard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4849:
Highly Innovative Space Telescope Concepts
Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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