We explain the nature of optical aberrations and how they may be represented mathematically. We describe the use of Zernike polynomials in a way that will aid understanding and provide potential tools for manipulating the wavefront aberration expressions given in this form.
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D. A. Atchison, D. H. Scott, and M. J. Cox, "Mathematical Treatments of Ocular Abberations: a User's Guide," in Vision Science and its Applications, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2000), paper NW2.
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