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Author(s): William Swantner
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IMAGE is an optical modeling program written in C for IBM PC computers. The program is intended to provide the optical engineer with accurate answers to geometrical optics questions and to problems requiring consideration of scalar diffraction theory. Although there are several very good programs for optical design and evaluation already available, they are intended for lens designers and not for system designers and general optical engineers. Additionally, these large programs require fabrication data in order to calculate spot diagrams, wavefront maps, and point spread functions. In our own work, we often have had the need to answer rather simple questions such as: What is the point spread function of a Gaussian beam clipped at the 1/e2 radius if the beam has 0.5 waves of spherical aberration? IMAGE enables easy computation of answers to such questions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0766, Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop, (10 June 1987);
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William Swantner, BSC Optics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0766:
Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop
Robert E. Fischer; Carmina Londono, Editor(s)

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