The material in this Field Guide to Geometrical Optics derives from the treatment of geometrical optics that has evolved as part of the academic programs at the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. The development is both rigorous and complete, and it features a consistent notation and sign convention. This material is included in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. This volume covers Gaussian imagery, paraxial optics, firstorder optical system design, system examples, illumination, chromatic effects and an introduction to aberrations. The appendices provide supplemental material on radiometry and photometry, the human eye, and several other topics.
Special acknowledgement must be given to Roland V. Shack and Robert R. Shannon. They first taught me this material âseveralâ years ago, and they have continued to teach me throughout my career as we have become colleagues and friends. I simply cannot thank either of them enough.
I thank Jim Palmer, Jim Schwiegerling, Robert Fischer and Jose Sasian for their help with certain topics in this Guide. I especially thank Greg Williby and Dan Smith for their thorough review of the draft manuscript, even though it probably delayed the completion of their dissertations. Finally, I recognize all of the students who have sat through my lectures. Their desire to learn has fueled my enthusiasm for this material and has caused me to deepen my understanding of it.
This Field Guide is dedicated to my wife, Kay, and my children, Jake and Katie. They keep my life in focus (and mostly aberration free).
John E. Greivenkamp
Optical Sciences Center
The University of Arizona
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