OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1948
  • pp: 935–935

A Differential Adjustment Method of Refining Optical Systems

WALDEMAR M. STEMPEL  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 38, Issue 11, pp. 935-935 (1948)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (1542 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



It is assumed that a preliminary design of an optical system has been completed and the characteristic rays traced through it to determine the aberrations which afflict it. The present article then starts with these data and offers a set of reduction formulae. These formulae are applied, surface by surface, from the image space forward until any particular parameter is reached. This is done for every parameter in the system. These results are finally substituted in differentiated aberration formulae to give a coefficient which, when multiplied by the change in the parameter, gives the change in the aberration in the final image space. When these coefficients are calculated for all parameters and all aberrations and recorded in a table, say, with the aberrations across the top and the parameters down the side, the designer has a complete picture of the, performance of that optical system. The table then enables him to quickly adjust all parameters so as to obtain the best results possible from the set-up as given.

WALDEMAR M. STEMPEL, "A Differential Adjustment Method of Refining Optical Systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 38, 935-935 (1948)

Sort:  Author  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. W. M. Stempel, J. Opt. Soc. of Am. 33, 278 (1943).
  2. A. L. M'Auley, Proc. Phys. Soc. LVII 302, 350, 419, 435 (1945). F. D. Cruickshank, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 36, 13, 103 (1946).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited