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Field Guide to Lens Design

Field Guide to Lens Design
Author(s):    Julie Bentley; Craig Olson
Published:   2012
DOI:             10.1117/3.934997
eISBN: 9780819491657  |  Print ISBN13: 9780819491640
Description:

The process of designing lenses is both an art and a science. While advancements in the field over the past two centuries have done much to transform it from the former category to the latter, much of the lens design process remains encapsulated in the experience and knowledge of industry veterans. This Field Guide provides a working reference for practicing physicists, engineers, and scientists for deciphering the nuances of basic lens design.

The book begins with an outline of the general process before delving into aberrations, basic lens design forms, and optimization. An entire section is devoted to techniques for improving lens performance. Sections on tolerancing, stray light, and optical systems are followed by an appendix covering related topics such as optical materials, nonimaging concepts, designing for sampled imaging, and ray tracing fundamentals.

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Optical design has a long and storied history, from the magnifiers of antiquity, to the telescopes of Galileo and Newton at the onset of modern science, to the ubiquity of modern advanced optics. The process for designing lenses is often considered both an art and a science. While advancements in the field over the past two centuries have done much to transform it from the former category to the latter, much of the lens design process remains encapsulated in the experience and knowledge of industry veterans. This Field Guide provides a working reference for practicing physicists, engineers, and scientists for deciphering the nuances of basic lens design. Because the optical design process is historically (and quite practically) closely related to ray optics, this book is intended as a companion to the Field Guide to Geometrical Optics, in which first-order optics, thin lenses, and basic optical systems are treated in more detail. Note that this compact reference is not a substitute for a comprehensive technical library or the experience gained by sitting down and designing lenses.

© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

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