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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 14 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: 13171–13178

Phase plates for generation of variable amounts of primary spherical aberration

Eva Acosta and José Sasián  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 14, pp. 13171-13178 (2011)

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We discuss a set of phase plate-pairs for the generation of variable amounts of primary spherical aberration. The surface descriptions of these optical plates are provided, and their aberration-generating properties are verified with real ray-tracing. These plate-pairs are robust in that they allow large tolerances to spacing as well as errors in the relative displacement of the plates. Both primary spherical aberration (r4 ) and Zernike spherical aberration (6r4 - 6r2 + 1) can be generated. The amount of spherical aberration is proportional to the plate-pair displacement and in our example it reaches up to 48 waves (~8 waves Zernike) for a clear aperture of 25 mm.

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OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: May 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 3, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 10, 2011
Published: June 22, 2011

Eva Acosta and José Sasián, "Phase plates for generation of variable amounts of primary spherical aberration," Opt. Express 19, 13171-13178 (2011)

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