Power contained in a square area of an image formed by a diffraction-limited imaging system with a centrally obscured circular pupil is calculated and compared with the power contained in a circular area. It is shown that, regardless of the amount of obscuration, the difference between the corresponding ensquared and encircled powers is less than 9% of the total image power. Approximate expressions are obtained for the power lying outside a large square or a circular area.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 29, 1977
Published: March 15, 1978
Virendra N. Mahajan, "Included power for obscured circular pupils," Appl. Opt. 17, 964-968 (1978)