Analytical illuminance calculation in a multi-interface optical system

Academic Article


  • An analytical expression for the illuminance over a receiver surface and an equation for the caustic surface are derived for rays which have passed through a multi-interface optical system. The results are expressed in terms of the intrinsic geometry of the deflector surface, that is, the Gaussian, mean, and normal curvatures, and the derivative of the incident ray vector over the deflector surface. The original source may be a plane wave, a point source, or an extended source. As a numerical example of this technique, the caustic surface and the line-spread function on different image planes are plotted for an off-axis point source of light whose rays are refracted by a thick double convex lens. © 1975 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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    Published In

  • Optica acta  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Shealy DL; Burkhard DG
  • Start Page

  • 485
  • End Page

  • 501
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 6