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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2009
  • pp: 242–249

Approach to investigating the spherical aberration variation with the object position in an aplanatic system

Narak Choi, Moonseok Kim, and Jaisoon Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 2, pp. 242-249 (2009)

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In a general optical system, spherical aberration will arise when the on-axis position of an object is changed from its optimum position to another point. Induced spherical aberration can be used to compensate the aberration caused by inserting or removing a medium plate with any thickness that has a refractive index that differs from that of the original. To generate a degree of adequate aberration to balance the aberration from a thin layer, it is necessary to estimate the amount of arising aberration correctly when a point object deviates from its aberration-free position. We analytically induce the exact form of an arising spherical aberration with an on-axis object position for general optical systems that satisfy the Abbe sine condition and express a fourth-order approximation of that form using simple parameters that are conventionally used for the aberration of a thin lens. To verify the correctness of the proposed formula, a comparison between this analysis and simulation results is applied to several sample optical systems using commercial lens-design software.

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OCIS Codes
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(220.1010) Optical design and fabrication : Aberrations (global)

Original Manuscript: July 30, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2008
Published: January 7, 2009

Narak Choi, Moonseok Kim, and Jaisoon Kim, "Approach to investigating the spherical aberration variation with the object position in an aplanatic system," Appl. Opt. 48, 242-249 (2009)

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