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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1981
  • pp: 2754–2760

Automatic computation of optical focal surfaces

T. Brender Andersen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 2754-2760 (1981)

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The use of automatically computed aberration coefficients of arbitrary order for an exact determination of the surface of best focus of a symmetrical system, by minimizing the gyration radius of the spot diagram, is demonstrated. For the two optical systems studied, a Schmidt camera and a Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, the results from the exact model are found to be significantly different from the paraxial approximation predictions.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 5, 1981
Published: August 1, 1981

T. Brender Andersen, "Automatic computation of optical focal surfaces," Appl. Opt. 20, 2754-2760 (1981)

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