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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 24 — Nov. 24, 2008
  • pp: 20008–20028

Geometrical analysis of third-order aberrations for a solid immersion lens

Matthew Lang, Eric Aspnes, and Tom D. Milster  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 24, pp. 20008-20028 (2008)

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This paper gives a treatment for finding 3rd order aberrations in solid-immersion lenses (SILs) using spherical-aberration as the basis for a polynomial power expansion of the wavefront. Unlike previous work, the treatment is general for any incident and lens media, for any lens thickness, and for any chief-ray specification. Using this treatment, a tolerance analysis is given with emphasis on thickness tolerance and limitations on field of view. Major findings include tight thickness tolerance for high-index hyperhemispheres and a tolerance window for hemispheres centered about a thickness less than the radius of curvature of the lens.

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(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage

Original Manuscript: September 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 11, 2008
Published: November 20, 2008

Matthew Lang, Eric Aspnes, and Tom D. Milster, "Geometrical analysis of third-order aberrations for a solid immersion lens," Opt. Express 16, 20008-20028 (2008)

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