An expression is given for the aberration imparted by a tilted plane-parallel plate to a converging or diverging pencil of rays. Analytical expressions for the wave-front aberration coefficients up to the sixth order are derived. These expressions, among others, are of importance when reading an optical disk through its substrate or when using a plane-parallel plate as a beam splitter. Differences with previous expressions from the literature are noted.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 1, 1997
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 1997
Published: November 10, 1997
Joseph Braat, "Analytical expressions for the wave-front aberration coefficients of a tilted plane-parallel plate," Appl. Opt. 36, 8459-8467 (1997)