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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1999
  • pp: 86–90

Lateral-Shift Variable Aberration Generators

Iwona A. Palusinski, José M. Sasián, and John E. Greivenkamp  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 86-90 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.000086


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Abstract

We describe and analyze an optical device capable of generating tilt, defocus, astigmatism, coma, and spherical aberration wave-front deformation. This optical device consists of a pair of aspheric plates that produce aberrations by laterally shifting one plate relative to the other. The surface descriptions of these optical plates are provided, and their aberration-inducing properties are verified with ray-tracing software. In addition, we examine the versatility and the limitations of using variable aberration generators and provide insight into how aberrations may be controlled by a simple lateral shift. The device may find application in aberration control in lens systems that are nonrotationally symmetric.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(220.1010) Optical design and fabrication : Aberrations (global)
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics

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Iwona A. Palusinski, José M. Sasián, and John E. Greivenkamp, "Lateral-Shift Variable Aberration Generators," Appl. Opt. 38, 86-90 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-1-86


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