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  • Vol. 55, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1965
  • pp: 1142–1148

Transfer Function of an Optical System in the Presence of Off-Axis Aberrations

RICHARD BARAKAT and AGNES HOUSTON  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 55, Issue 9, pp. 1142-1148 (1965)

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The transfer function of an optical system in the presence of off-axis aberrations is evaluated via Gauss quadrature. The transfer function in the presence of third-order coma is studied and the phase of the transfer function is shown to be a smooth function. The variance of the wavefront is obtained for all third- and fifth-order aberrations and its use is illustrated for an actual system along with the transfer function.

RICHARD BARAKAT and AGNES HOUSTON, "Transfer Function of an Optical System in the Presence of Off-Axis Aberrations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1142-1148 (1965)

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  15. The generalization to nonrotationally symmetric wavefronts has been treated by us and preliminary results communicated at the 1964 Fall Meeting of the Optical Society of America, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1407A (1964). We hope to publish the final results shortly.
  16. There are a number of ways of obtaining W for an actual optical system. One common method is to trace rays and then curve fit via least squares: E. Marchand and R. Phillips, Appl. Opt. 2, 359 (1963); W. Brouwer, E. L. O'Neill, and A. Walther, Appl. Opt, 2, 1239 (1963). Another procedure developed by us and as yet unpublished utilizes certain interpolating properties of the Zernike polynomials. The calculations in this paper for an actual system (see Sec. 6) employed the Buchdahl aberration coefficients. Our lens-design computing facilities directly calculate all the third- and fifth-order aberrations as well as seventh-order spherical aberration as a matter of routine using an expanded version of Buchdahl's work developed by M. Rimmer of our design department. It was a simple matter to adapt these coefficients to our requirements.
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  25. We are presently investigating the use of this merit factor in lens design.

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