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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2252–2260

Properties of caustics produced by a positive lens: meridional rays

Maximino Avendaño-Alejo, Luis Castañeda, and Ivan Moreno  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 10, pp. 2252-2260 (2010)

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We study the formation of the caustic surfaces formed in both convex-plane and plano-convex spherical lenses by considering a plane wave incident on the lens along the optical axis. Using the caustic formulas and a paraxial approximation we derive analytical expressions to evaluate the spherical aberration to third order. Furthermore, we apply the formulas to evaluate the circle of least confusion for a positive lens.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Original Manuscript: March 12, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 8, 2010
Published: September 27, 2010

Maximino Avendaño-Alejo, Luis Castañeda, and Ivan Moreno, "Properties of caustics produced by a positive lens: meridional rays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 2252-2260 (2010)

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