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22 August 2016 An optical toolbox for astronomical instrumentation
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The author has open-sourced a program for optical modeling of astronomical instrumentation. The code allows for optical systems to be described in a programming language. An optical prescription may contain coordinate systems and transformations, arbitrary polynomial aspheric surfaces and complex volumes. Rather than using a plethora of rays to evaluate performance, all the derivatives along a ray are computed by automatic differentiation. By adaptively controlling the patches around each ray, the system can be modeled to a guaranteed known precision. The code currently consists of less than 10,000 lines of C++/stdlib code.
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Brian M. Sutin "An optical toolbox for astronomical instrumentation", Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VII, 99112J (22 August 2016);


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