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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3087–3094

Analytical solutions for image orientation changes in prisms

Chuang-Yu Tsai and Psang Dain Lin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 16, pp. 3087-3094 (2007)

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Optical prisms are most commonly employed because of their ability to output an image of different orientation relative to the input object. Previous papers have presented a systematic but numeric approximation for designing a single prism, which outputs an image with a specific image orientation. Instead of a numerical solution, an exact analytical solution for the same problem is offered. Further, how to design prism systems by using off-the-shelf right-angle prisms and roof prisms as building blocks to obtain an output image with a specific image orientation is addressed. Illustrative examples are given to verify the proposed approach and demonstrate its use.

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OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms

ToC Category:
Geometrical optics

Original Manuscript: September 15, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2007
Published: May 15, 2007

Chuang-Yu Tsai and Psang Dain Lin, "Analytical solutions for image orientation changes in prisms," Appl. Opt. 46, 3087-3094 (2007)

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