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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 27016–27027

A numerical analysis method for evaluating rod lenses using the Monte Carlo method

Shuhei Yoshida, Shuma Horiuchi, Zenta Ushiyama, and Manabu Yamamoto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 27016-27027 (2010)

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We propose a numerical analysis method for evaluating GRIN lenses using the Monte Carlo method. Actual measurements of the modulation transfer function (MTF) of a GRIN lens using this method closely match those made by conventional methods. Experimentally, the MTF is measured using a square wave chart, and is then calculated based on the distribution of output strength on the chart. In contrast, the general method using computers evaluates the MTF based on a spot diagram made by an incident point light source. However the results differ greatly from those from experiments. We therefore developed an evaluation method similar to the experimental system based on the Monte Carlo method and verified that it more closely matches the experimental results than the conventional method.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2760) Imaging systems : Gradient-index lenses
(110.4100) Imaging systems : Modulation transfer function

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: September 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 24, 2010
Published: December 8, 2010

Shuhei Yoshida, Shuma Horiuchi, Zenta Ushiyama, and Manabu Yamamoto, "A numerical analysis method for evaluating rod lenses using the Monte Carlo method," Opt. Express 18, 27016-27027 (2010)

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