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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2619–2628

Caustics in a meridional plane produced by plano-convex conic lenses

Maximino Avendaño-Alejo, Dulce González-Utrera, and Luis Castañeda  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 12, pp. 2619-2628 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.28.002619


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Abstract

We study the formation of caustic surfaces formed in both convex-plano and plano-convex conic lenses by considering a plane wave incident on the lens along the optical axis. By using the caustic formulas and a paraxial approximation, we derive analytic expressions to evaluate the spherical aberration to the third order, and a formula to reduce this aberration is provided. Furthermore, we apply the formulas to evaluate the circle of least confusion for a positive lens as a function of all parameters involved in the process of refraction through the conic lenses.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(080.3630) Geometric optics : Lenses
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

History
Original Manuscript: June 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 1, 2011
Published: November 21, 2011

Citation
Maximino Avendaño-Alejo, Dulce González-Utrera, and Luis Castañeda, "Caustics in a meridional plane produced by plano-convex conic lenses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 2619-2628 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-28-12-2619

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