Review of methods for the design of unsymmetrical optical systems

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Methods for the design of unsymmetrical optical systems depend on the development of optical imaging theories. There is not a general theory of optical systems; instead, a number of theories or methods may be used for the design of unsymmetrical optics. There are currently three relevant concepts to gain insight about the behavior of unsymmetrical systems. These are: 1. Abbe's ideal model of imagery that is used to understand first-order properties in imaging systems. 2. The concept of aberration expansion about an optical axis ray originated by Hamilton. An expansion of the wavefront deformation in polar form is particularly useful. 3. The concept of aberration field and the associated vector analysis that show aberration distribution over the field of view.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-466
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1991
EventApplications of Optical Engineering: Proceedings of OE/Midwest '90 - Rosemont, IL, USA
Duration: Sep 27 1990Sep 28 1990

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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