Generation of spherical aberration with axially translating phase plates via extrinsic aberration

Jose Sasian, Eva Acosta

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We show that spherical aberration of all orders can be generated as an extrinsic aberration in a system of axially translating plates. Some practical examples are provided. In particular for two phase plates that are 10 mm in diameter it is possible to generate from -10 to 10 waves of fourthorder spherical aberration with an axial displacement of +/- 0.65 mm. We also apply the phenomenon of extrinsic aberration for the generation of a conical wavefront and other non-axially symmetric wavefronts, in other words we propose what can be called a generalized zoom plate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 13 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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