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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 27, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1988
  • pp: 3170–3176

Radial gradient-index eyepiece design

John P. Bowen, J. Brian Caldwell, Leo R. Gardner, Niels Haun, Michael T. Houk, Douglas S. Kindred, Duncan T. Moore, Masataka Shiba, and David Y. H. Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 15, pp. 3170-3176 (1988)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.27.003170


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Abstract

Three- and four-element eyepiece designs are presented each with a different type of radial gradient-index distribution. Both quadratic and modified quadratic index profiles are shown to provide effective control of the field aberrations. In particular, the three-element design with a quadratic index profile demonstrates that the inhomogeneous power contribution can make significant contributions to the overall system performance, especially the astigmatism correction. Using gradient-index components has allowed for increased eye relief and field of view making these designs comparable with five- and six-element ones.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 17, 1988
Published: August 1, 1988

Citation
John P. Bowen, J. Brian Caldwell, Leo R. Gardner, Niels Haun, Michael T. Houk, Douglas S. Kindred, Duncan T. Moore, Masataka Shiba, and David Y. H. Wang, "Radial gradient-index eyepiece design," Appl. Opt. 27, 3170-3176 (1988)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-27-15-3170


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