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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1998
  • pp: 3045–3056

Imaging a point with two spherical mirrors

Joseph M. Howard and Bryan D. Stone  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 3045-3056 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.15.003045


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Abstract

We investigate unobstructed, plane-symmetric systems of two spherical mirrors that are intended for imaging a single point. Low-order imaging constraints are determined that eliminate all but two of the seven parameters that specify the configuration of such a system. It is found that when these constraints are applied, the object point, the center of curvature of each mirror, and the image point necessarily lie along a single line. The associated merit function space is mapped as a function of the two independent parameters. Selected systems from various regions of the configuration space are illustrated.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors

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Joseph M. Howard and Bryan D. Stone, "Imaging a point with two spherical mirrors," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 3045-3056 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-15-12-3045

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