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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 1986
  • pp: 369–376

Wollaston prism with large split angle

Maria C. Simon  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 25, Issue 3, pp. 369-376 (1986)

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The image formation through a Wollaston prism with large split angle is studied. Formulas for the split angle, approximate calculations of aberrations, and ray tracings are used. The most important aberrations found are astigmatism and anamorphic distortion. Tilting the Wollaston with respect to the incident beam may reduce these aberrations, and if the orientation of the optical axis in the first element is varied it is possible to cancel one of the two aberrations for both images simultaneously, while the other one is substantially reduced. With an adequate adjustment of all the construction parameters the images become sharp enough to allow the use of large split angles (∼15°).

© 1986 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 14, 1985
Published: February 1, 1986

Maria C. Simon, "Wollaston prism with large split angle," Appl. Opt. 25, 369-376 (1986)

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