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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1998
  • pp: 8008–8011

Fast image-quality-based optimization of optical systems

Stephen James Dobson and Andrew Cox  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 34, pp. 8008-8011 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.008008


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Abstract

The performance is reported of new optimization software that maximizes the relative modulation transfer function (MTF) by minimizing the merit function (1 minus the approximate relative MTF). Contrary to the predictions of earlier studies, this merit function, whose only variable part is the variance of the wave aberration difference function, is shown to be effective for both poorly and well-corrected systems. In addition, the new software is significantly faster than our in-house software for the direct optimization of the actual MTF.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

History
Original Manuscript: June 3, 1998
Revised Manuscript: August 28, 1998
Published: December 1, 1998

Citation
Stephen James Dobson and Andrew Cox, "Fast image-quality-based optimization of optical systems," Appl. Opt. 37, 8008-8011 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-34-8008


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