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Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2010
  • pp: 5049–5058

Imaging quality evaluation of aerodynamically heated optical dome using ray tracing

Haosu Xiao and Zhigang Fan  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 27, pp. 5049-5058 (2010)

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An irregular grid model was employed to describe the refractive index distribution of an aerodynamically heated optical dome according to the theories of thermo-optical and elasto-optical effects. Optical transmission through the dome was simulated using the ray-tracing program based on a fourth-order Runge–Kutta algorithm. Two kinds of imaging quality evaluation parameters were presented, wave aberration of the exit pupil and a modulation transfer function. To validate the ray-tracing program, a ray trace through a regular gradient medium was performed. Results were compared with those obtained from the analytic solution. The program was shown to possess great accuracy by using the appropriate parameters.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(110.3000) Imaging systems : Image quality assessment
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: May 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2010
Published: September 14, 2010

Haosu Xiao and Zhigang Fan, "Imaging quality evaluation of aerodynamically heated optical dome using ray tracing," Appl. Opt. 49, 5049-5058 (2010)

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