Optical System Design - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124086609, 9780323141109

Optical System Design

1st Edition

Authors: Rudolf Kingslake
eBook ISBN: 9780323141109
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 1983
Page Count: 332
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Optical System Design covers the basic knowledge of optics and the flow of light through an optical system. This book is organized into 16 chapters that deal with various components of an optical system, from light and images to spectroscopic apparatus. The book first discusses the simple components of an optical system, including its light, lens, oblique beams, and photochemical aspects. It then deals with the system’s projection, plane mirrors, prisms, magnifying instruments, and telescope. Other components considered are the surveying instruments, mirror imaging systems, photographic optics, and spectroscopic apparatus. This book is of value to undergraduate students with courses in geometrical optics and system design.

Table of Contents


  1. Optical Systems I. Design and Production II. Optical Materials III. Lens Manufacture
  2. Light and Images I. The Nature of Light II. The Law of Refraction III. A Perfect Optical System IV. Lens Aberrations V. Fiber Optics
  3. Ray-Tracing Procedures I. Types of Rays II. Graphical Ray Tracing III. Meridional Ray Tracing IV. Paraxial Rays V. Curved Mirrors VI. Magnification and the Lagrange Theorem VII. The Fresnel Lens
  4. The Gaussian Theory of Lenses I. Introduction II. The Four Cardinal Points III. Conjugate Distance Relationships IV. A Single Lens V. Longitudinal Magnification VI. The Scheimpflug Condition VII. Focometry VIII. Autofocus Mechanisms
  5. Multilens Systems I. Graphical Construction of an Image II. Ray Tracing Through a System of Separated Thin Lenses III. Two Thin Lenses with a Real Object and Real Image IV. The Matrix Approach to Paraxial Rays V. Cylindrical Lenses
  6. Oblique Beams I. Meridional Rays II. The Iris and Pupils of a Lens III. Paraxial Tracing of an Oblique Beam
  7. The Photometry of Optical Systems I. Introduction II. Photometric Definitions III. Photometric Properties of Plane Surfaces IV. Photometric Measuring Instruments V. The Flux Emitted by a Plane Source VI. Illuminance Due to a Circular Source VII. Illumination in an Optical Image
  8. Projection Systems I. A Self-Luminous Object II. An Illuminated Object III. Projection Screens IV. Stereoscopic Projection V. Contour Projectors
  9. Plane Mirrors and Prisms I. Right- and Left-Handed Images II. Rotating Mirrors III. Multiple Mirror Systems IV. Reflecting Prisms V. Image Rotators VI. Prismatic Image Erectors
  10. The Eye as an Optical Instrument I. Dimensions II. The Properties of Vision III. Spectacle Lenses I


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Rudolf Kingslake

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University of Rochester, NY, USA

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