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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2000
  • pp: 356–358

Aberration and the Strehl ratio

A. van den Bos  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 2, pp. 356-358 (2000)

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An exact expression is derived for the Strehl ratio as a function of the minimum root-mean-square aberration value that may produce it. The result is applicable to any aperture and is shown to imply a similar expression for the Strehl ratio as a function of the minimum amplitude range of the aberration.

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OCIS Codes
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(110.3000) Imaging systems : Image quality assessment

Original Manuscript: June 2, 1999
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: October 4, 1999
Published: February 1, 2000

A. van den Bos, "Aberration and the Strehl ratio," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 356-358 (2000)

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