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Handbook of Optical Systems, Volume 1: Fundamentals of Technical Optics

Herbert Gross (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-40377-6
848 pages
March 2005
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The state-of-the-art full-colored handbook gives a comprehensive introduction to the principles and the practice of calculation, layout, and understanding of optical systems and lens design. Written by reputed industrial experts in the field, this text introduces the user to the basic properties of optical systems, aberration theory, classification and characterization of systems, advanced simulation models, measuring of system quality and manufacturing issues.

In this Volume

Volume 1 gives a general introduction to the field of technical optics. Although part of the series, it acts as a fully selfstanding book. With more than 700 full color graphs and it is a intuitive introduction for the beginner and a comprehensive reference for the professional.

Table of Contents

 1 Introduction
 2 Paraxial optics
 3 Dielectric interfaces
 4 Materials
 5 Raytracing
 6 Photometry
 7 Lightsources
 8 Sensors and receivers
 9 Theory of color
 10 Optical systems
 11 Aberrations
 12 Waveoptics
 13 Plates and prisms
 14 Gratings
 15 Special components
 16 Testing

Other Volumes

Volume 2: Physical Image Formation
Volume 3: Aberration Theory and Correction of Optical Systems
Volume 4: Survey of Optical Instruments
Volume 5: Advanced Physical Optics

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Table of Contents


1 Introduction.

2 Paraxial Imaging.

2.1 General Remarks.

2.2 Single Surface.

2.3 Single Lens.

2.4 Multiple-component Systems.

2.5 Invariants.

2.6 Matrix Calculus.

2.7 Matrices Describing a More General Geometry.

2.8 Literature.

3 Interfaces.

3.1 Basics.

3.2 The Fresnel Equations.

3.3 Polarization Effects at Interfaces.

3.4 Evanescent Waves.

3.5 Non-geometrical Effects at Reflection.

3.6 Absorbing Media.

3.7 Literature.

4 Materials.

4.1 Basics.

4.2 Dispersion.

4.3 Relative Partial Dispersion.

4.4 Transmission.

4.5 Glasses.

4.6 Crystals and Special Materials.

4.7 Plastics.

4.8 Gases.

4.9 Liquids and Cements.

4.10 Metals.

4.11 Literature.

5 Raytracing.

5.1 The Meaning of Raytracing.

5.2 Raytracing Scheme.

5.3 Raytracing Formula Sets.

5.4 Raytracing in Optical Systems.

5.5 Special Components.

5.6 Differential Rays.

5.7 Non-sequential Raytracing.

5.8 Literature.

6 Radiometry.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Lambertian Radiator.

6.3 Radiation Transfer.

6.4 Radiometry of Optical Systems.

6.5 Description of Radiation Transport in the Phase Space.

6.6 Literature.

7 Light Sources.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Thermal Radiators.

7.3 Classical Lamps.

7.4 Diodes.

7.5 Laser Light Sources.

7.6 Model Descriptions of Radiation Sources.

7.7 Literature.

8 Sensor Technology and Signal Processing.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Sensor Characteristics.

8.3 Special Types of Sensor.

8.4 Sampling.

8.5 Signal Processing.

8.6 Noise.

8.7 Special Methods of Detection.

8.8 Literature.

9 Theory of Color Vision.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Color Vision of the Human Eye.

9.3 Phenomenologcal Theory of Color Vision.

9.4 Colorimetry.

9.5 Color Triangle.

9.6 Alternative Basic Systems.

9.7 Literature.

10 Optical Systems.

10.1 Special Properties of Lenses.

10.2 Special Rays in Optical Systems.

10.3 Pupils.

10.4 Delano Diagram.

10.5 Special Aspects.

10.6 Literature.

11 Aberrations.

11.1 General Considerations.

11.2 Description of Aberrations.

11.3 Ray Aberrations.

11.4 The Sine Condition.

11.5 Wave Aberrations.

11.6 Spherical Aberration.

11.7 Astigmatism.

11.8 Field Curvature.

11.9 Coma.

11.10 Distortion.

11.11 Chromatic Longitudinal Aberrations.

11.12 Chromatic Transverse Aberrations.

11.13 Literature.

12 Wave Optics.

12.1 Basic Principles.

12.2 Point-spread Function.

12.3 Fourier Theory of Image Formation.

12.4 Transfer Functions.

12.5 Literature.

13 Plano-optical Components.

13.1 Plane-parallel plates.

13.2 Dispersion Prisms.

13.3 Reflection Prisms.

13.4 Construction Designs for Reflection Prisms.

13.5 Prism Systems.

13.6 Filters.

13.7 Literature.

14 Gratings.

14.1 Diffraction by a Slit.

14.2 Diffraction Gratings.

14.3 Blazed Gratings.

14.4 Fourier Theory of the Grating Diffraction.

14.5 Transmission Gratings.

14.6 Types of Grating.

14.7 Gratings in Image Formation Systems.

14.8 Diffraction by a Grating in the General Case.

14.9 Literature.

15 Special Components.

15.1 Aspherical Devices.

15.2 Gradient-index Lenses.

15.3 Diffusing Disks.

15.4 Cylinder Lenses.

15.5 Simple Cylinder Lenses.

15.6 Dynamic Light Modulators.

15.7 Fresnel Lenses.

15.8 Light Pipes.

15.9 Axicons.

15.10 Literature.

16 Optical Measurement and Testing Techniques.

16.1 Overview.

16.2 Measurement of the Focal Length.

16.3 Measurement of Angles.

16.4 Centering.

16.5 Measuring the Index of Refraction.

16.6 Surface-shape Measurement.

16.7 Testing of Surface Radii and Shapes.

16.8 Measuring Wavefronts.

16.9 Measurement of the Optical Transfer Function.

16.10 Beam-quality Measurement.

16.11 Coherence Measurement.

16.12 Polarization Measurement.

16.13 Stray-light Measurement.

16.14 Color Measurement.

16.15 Literature. Index.

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Author Information

Herbert Gross was born in 1955. He studied Physics at the University of Stuttgart and joined Carl Zeiss in 1982. Since then he has been working in the department of optical design. His special areas of interest are the development of simulation methods, optical design software and algorithms, the modelling of laser systems and the simulation of problems in physical optics, and the tolerancing and measurement of optical systems. Since 1995, he has been heading the central optical design department at Zeiss. Dr. Gross served as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences at Aalen and at the University of Lausanne, and gave seminars for the Photonics Net of Baden Württemberg as well as several internal company courses. In 1995, he received his PhD from the University of Stuttgart for a work on the modelling of laser beam propagation in the partial coherent region. He has published several papers and has given many talks at conferences.
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"…the book will be of interest as a reference to any spectroscopist needing to construct, modify, or understand an optical system." (Applied Spectroscopy, February 2006)

"…a compendium of information that would be of interest to optical engineering, physicists and others." (American Reference Books Annual, 2006)

"…the first of a six-volume series intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles governing the design and simulation of optical systems…recommended." (CHOICE, October 2005)

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