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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1984
  • pp: 2710–2714

Asymmetric spline surfaces: characteristics and applications

John E. Stacy  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 16, pp. 2710-2714 (1984)

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Asymmetric spline surfaces appear useful for the design of high-quality general optical systems (systems without symmetries). A spline influence function defined as the actual surface resulting from a simple perturbation in the spline definition array shows that a subarea is independent of others four or more points away. Optimization methods presented in this paper are used to vary a reflective spline surface near the focal plane of a decentered Schmidt-Cassegrain to reduce rms spot radii by a factor of 3 across the field.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 18, 1983
Published: August 15, 1984

John E. Stacy, "Asymmetric spline surfaces: characteristics and applications," Appl. Opt. 23, 2710-2714 (1984)

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