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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1951
  • pp: 630–634

Optical Calculations with Automatic Computing Machinery

DONALD P. FEDER  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 41, Issue 9, pp. 630-634 (1951)

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The National Bureau of Standards has been making optical calculations for well over a year, using both their new high-speed SEAC and the commercially available IBM Card Programmed Electronic Calculator.

Formulas especially suitable for machine computation are presented here. These enable a general ray to be traced through a rotationally symmetrical system of spherical or nonspherical surfaces. Formulas are also given for computing first- and third-order coefficients for any centered optical system.

The formulas are derived from well-known forms, but they are transformed so that none of the quantities used in the machine ever becomes indeterminate or infinite. The formulas for first- and third-order coefficients are simpler than those frequently given and are very convenient for hand calculation.

DONALD P. FEDER, "Optical Calculations with Automatic Computing Machinery," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 41, 630-634 (1951)

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  1. R. Glazebrook, A Dictionary of Applied Physics (Macmillan and Company, Ltd., London, 1923), Volume IV, p. 290.
  2. F. Wachendorf, Optik 5, 80 (1949).
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