Lateral-shift variable aberration generators

Iwona A. Palusinski, Jose M Sasian, John E Greivenkamp

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Abstract

We describe and analyze an optical device capable of generating tilt, defocus, astigmatism, coma, and spherical aberration wave-front deformation. This optical device consists of a pair of aspheric plates that produce aberrations by laterally shifting one plate relative to the other. The surface descriptions of these optical plates are provided, and their aberration-inducing properties are verified with ray-tracing software. In addition, we examine the versatility and the limitations of using variable aberration generators and provide insight into how aberrations may be controlled by a simple lateral shift. The device may find application in aberration control in lens systems that are nonrotationally symmetric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Optics
Volume38
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

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Lateral-shift variable aberration generators. / Palusinski, Iwona A.; Sasian, Jose M; Greivenkamp, John E.

In: Applied Optics, Vol. 38, No. 1, 1999, p. 86-90.

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Palusinski, Iwona A. ; Sasian, Jose M ; Greivenkamp, John E. / Lateral-shift variable aberration generators. In: Applied Optics. 1999 ; Vol. 38, No. 1. pp. 86-90.
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