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Lens Design Basics

Optical design problem-solving in theory and practice
Christoph Gerhard


This book gives a comprehensive overview of the principles of optical imaging. The first seven chapters provide an extensive summary of optical design, as well as the mechanisms and interrelations leading to the formation of aberrations and the accompanying decrease in imaging performance. Aside from the fundamentals of optics and imaging models, topics covered include calculations of simple optical components and systems, characterisation and quantification of aberrations and defects in optical systems, and optimisation of imaging performance. The second part focuses on problem-based learning via multiple exercises and case examples derived from the first seven chapters. It is an ideal guide for optics and photonics students.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive, simplified overview of optical imaging
  • Focuses on practical training by providing worked examples, case studies and exercises including solutions
  • Presents interrelationships and dependencies in optical systems by visualisation via free software
  • Contains chapter summaries listing the most important aspects
  • Includes a formulary and further reading list

About Editors

Christoph Gerhard is a professor of physics and instrumental analytics and is the head of the Laboratory of Analytical Measurement Technology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Göttingen, Germany. He has published more than 50 articles on optics and optical system design. This is his fourth textbook in the field of optics.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780750322386

Ebook ISBN: 9780750322409

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2240-9

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Emerging Technologies in Optics and Photonics


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