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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 6088–6098

Method of zoom lens design

Antonín Mikš, Jiří Novák, and Pavel Novák  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 32, pp. 6088-6098 (2008)

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Optical systems with variable optical characteristics (zoom lenses) find broader applications in practice nowadays and methods for their design are constantly developed and improved. We describe a relatively simple method of the design of zoom lenses using the third-order aberration theory. It presents one of the possible approaches of obtaining the Seidel aberration coefficients of individual members of a zoom lens. The advantage of this method is that Seidel aberration coefficients of individual elements of a given optical system can be obtained simply by solving of a set of linear equations. By using these coefficients, one can determine residual aberrations of the optical system without detailed knowledge about the structure of its individual elements. Furthermore, we can determine construction parameters of the optical system, i.e., radii of curvature and thicknesses of individual elements of a given optical system. The proposed method makes it possible to determine which elements of the optical system can be designed as simple lenses and which elements must have a more complicated design, e.g., doublets or triplets.

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OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: June 26, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 13, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2008
Published: November 7, 2008

Antonín Mikš, Jiří Novák, and Pavel Novák, "Method of zoom lens design," Appl. Opt. 47, 6088-6098 (2008)

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