Aberration Theory Made Simple

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SPIE Press, 1991 - Technology & Engineering - 166 pages
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This book provides a clear, concise, and consistent exposition of what aberrations are, how they arise in optical imaging systems, and how they affect the quality of images formed by them. The emphasis of the book is on physical insight, problem solving, and numerical results, and the text is intended for engineers and scientists who have a need and a desire for a deeper and better understanding of aberrations and their role in optical imaging and wave propagation. Some knowledge of Gaussian optics and an appreciation for aberrations would be useful but is not required.

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Optical Aberrations
Aberrations of a Thin Lens
Aberrations of a PlaneParallel Plate
Schmidt Camera
Aberrations of a Conic Surface
Ray Spot Diagrams
Optical Systems with Circular Pupils
Optical Systems with Annular and Gaussian Pupils
Line of Sight of an Aberrated Optical System
Observation of Aberrations

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Mahajan received his PhD in optical sciences from the Optical Sciences Centr, University of Arizona. He is with The Aerospace Corporation, where he is Systems Director working on a space-based surveillance system. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, where he teaches a graduate course in optical imaging.

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