Air lens vs aspheric surface: A lens design case study

Weichuan Gao, José Sasián

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We discuss the behavior of air lenses in lens design. The structural aberration coefficients of a thin air lens are derived and compared with their glass thin lens counterpart. Examples are provided for a telephoto lens and the Monochromatic Quartet where air lenses or aspheric surfaces are used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Optical Design Conference 2017
EditorsJulius A. Muschaweck, John R. Rogers, Peter P. Clark, Richard N. Pfisterer
ISBN (Electronic)9781510616721
StatePublished - 2017
EventInternational Optical Design Conference 2017, IODC 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2017Jul 13 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherInternational Optical Design Conference 2017, IODC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Air lenses
  • aspheric surfaces
  • monochromatic quartet
  • structural coefficients
  • telephoto lens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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