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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 14, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1975
  • pp: 1825–1828

Paraxial ray analysis of a cat's-eye retroreflector

J. J. Snyder  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 14, Issue 8, pp. 1825-1828 (1975)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.14.001825


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Abstract

The cat's-eye retroreflector is a passive optical system consisting of a secondary mirror placed at the focal point of a primary lens. We analyze the cat's eye using the paraxial ray matrix approach. The position of the equivalent reflecting surface and the angular field of view of a realizable cat's eye are functions of the radius of curvature of the secondary mirror. The field of view is maximum for a secondary mirror with a concave radius of curvature equal to the focal length of the primary lens. We further derive the general dependence of retroreflection errors on misadjustment of the secondary mirror.

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History
Original Manuscript: February 14, 1975
Published: August 1, 1975

Citation
J. J. Snyder, "Paraxial ray analysis of a cat's-eye retroreflector," Appl. Opt. 14, 1825-1828 (1975)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-14-8-1825


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  7. In fact, lens aberration (which we do not consider here) or the secondary mirror diameter would limit the effective field of view of the optimized cat's eye.

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