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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 23 — Aug. 10, 1998
  • pp: 5359–5367

Control of chromatic focal shift through wave-front coding

Hans B. Wach, Edward R. Dowski, Jr., and W. Thomas Cathey  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 23, pp. 5359-5367 (1998)

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Control of chromatic aberration through purely optical means is well known. We present a novel, to our knowledge, optical–digital method of controlling chromatic aberration. The optical–digital system, which incorporates a cubic phase-modulation (CPM) plate in the optical system and postprocessing of the detected image, effectively reduces a system’s sensitivity to misfocus in general or axial (longitudinal) chromatic aberration, in particular. A fully achromatic imaging system (one that is corrected for a continuous range of wavelengths) can be achieved by initial optimization of the optical system for all aberrations except chromatic aberration. The chromatic aberration is corrected by the inclusion of the CPM plate and postprocessing.

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OCIS Codes
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

Original Manuscript: January 5, 1998
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 1998
Published: August 10, 1998

Hans B. Wach, Edward R. Dowski, and W. Thomas Cathey, "Control of chromatic focal shift through wave-front coding," Appl. Opt. 37, 5359-5367 (1998)

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