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This is a real gem because it approaches geometrical optics and aberration theory from a physical optics standpoint. My understanding of the fundamentals of geometrical optics and its tie to physical optics improved greatly when I read this book. [by RY]


Adriaan Walther


This book describes techniques used to predict the quality of images formed by optical systems, such as telescopes, camera lenses, and microscope objectives. It covers in detail how the ray and wave pictures of lens behavior can be combined and developed to produce a theory capable of dealing with the large angles encountered in real optical systems. Several applications are considered, including the propagation of a Gaussian beam along a skew ray, a clear and convincing demonstration that diffractive optical elements are subject to the same fundamental limitation as conventional lenses, a thorough discussion of the “cosine-to-the-fourth law,” and a detailed example of mock ray tracing. Containing many practical insights, as well as exercises and solutions, this book will be of great interest to graduate students taking courses in this field, and to anyone working in optical design and engineering.


Cambridge University Press


1st Edition 2006



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