A Study of Computer-Aided Geometric Optical Design.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Computer-aided geometric optical design was investigated. The definition of terms and optical design procedures were studied. Available computer programs were compared and FALCON was selected. Test problems were evaluated with FALCON to aid in understanding computerized optical design procedures. An 18 inch long optical system with a 50 meter effective focal length was designed for the Air Force Weapons Laboratory. This optical system would image, on a solid state detector, an interference pattern created by two laser beam samples, to allow the two lasers to be locked in phase with each other. The starting point of the design improved until the desired tolerances were met or exceeded. Author
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