Phase plates for generation of variable amounts of primary spherical aberration

Eva Acosta, José Sasián

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13171-13178
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 4 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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