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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1814–1824

Explicit representations of all refractive optical interfaces without spherical aberration

Juan Camilo Valencia Estrada, Álvaro Hernán Bedoya Calle, and Daniel Malacara Hernández  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 9, pp. 1814-1824 (2013)

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The following explicit model, valid for high aperture refraction with homogenous and isotropic materials, encompasses all explicit solutions of the first-order nonlinear differential equation representing the perfect image-forming process of any axial object point into its axial image point. Solutions include well-known cases, such as flats, spheres, prolate ellipsoids, prolate hyperboloids, and other sections of nondegenerate Cartesian ovals of revolution, now classified according to the recurrent explicit solution introduced herein. We also present some series expansions, given in cylindrical coordinates z(r), for more efficient computation. Explicit solutions allow accurate and expedite thickness calculation as compared to the regular series, parametric, or implicit solutions commonly used. The results of this study are useful in the design of centered optical systems that are perfectly aligned.

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OCIS Codes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics
(080.4225) Geometric optics : Nonspherical lens design

ToC Category:
Geometric Optics

Original Manuscript: May 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 24, 2013
Published: August 21, 2013

Juan Camilo Valencia Estrada, Álvaro Hernán Bedoya Calle, and Daniel Malacara Hernández, "Explicit representations of all refractive optical interfaces without spherical aberration," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1814-1824 (2013)

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