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  • Vol. 66, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1976
  • pp: 76–77

Caustic surface and the Coddington equations

David L. Shealy  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 66, Issue 1, pp. 76-77 (1976)

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The caustic surface, which is the locus of the sagittal and tangential focal points for general skew rays, is shown to be given by the Coddington equations for the special case of meridional rays reflected or refracted by a spherical surface.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

David L. Shealy, "Caustic surface and the Coddington equations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 66, 76-77 (1976)

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  1. F. A. Jenkins and H. E. White, Fundamentals of Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1950), pp. 95, 149.
  2. D. L. Shealy and D. G. Burkhard, Optica Acta 22, 485 (1975).
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  5. D. L. Shealy and D. G. Burkhard, Optica Acta 20, 287 (1973).
  6. D. L. Shealy, "Analytical Illuminance and Caustic Surface Calculations in Geometrical Optics, " International Lens Design Conference, June 23–27, 1975, Haverford, PA.

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