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Geometric optics: theory and design of astronomical optical systems using Mathematica®

Geometric optics: theory and design of astronomical optical systems using Mathematica®
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Dewey Class 003.3
Title Geometric Optics (EB) : theory and design of astronomical optical systems using Mathematica® / by Antonio Romano.
Author Romano, Antonio
Other name(s) SpringerLink (Online service)
Publication Boston : Birkhäuser , 2010.
Physical Details XII, 224 p. 130 illus. : online resource.
Series Modeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology
ISBN 9780817648725
Summary Note This bookâunique in the literatureâprovides readers with the mathematical background needed to design many of the optical combinations that are used in astronomical telescopes and cameras. The results presented in the work were obtained by using a different approach to third-order aberration theory as well as the extensive use of the software package Mathematica®. The newly presented approach to third-order aberration theory adopted is based on Fermatâs principle and the use of particular optical pathsânot raysâtermed stigmatic paths, allowing for easy derivation of third-order formulae. This approach enables readers to understand and handle the formulae required to design optical combinations without resorting to the much more complex Hamiltonian formalism and Seidel's relations. Additional features and topics: * Presentation of the third-order design of cameras and telescopes with the aid of Mathematica eliminates the need for tedious computer calculations * Mathematica notebooks accompanying each optical combination analyzed in the book are available for download at * Discussion and analysis of specific optical devices: Newtonian and Cassegrain telescopes; Schmidt, Wright, Houghton, and Maksutov cameras; and other optical combinations, such as the Klevtsov telescope and the BakerâSchmidt flat-field camera * Additional supplementary material available at the publisher's website * Many worked-out examples and exercises Geometric Optics is an excellent reference for advanced graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in applied mathematics, engineering, astronomy, and astronomical optics. The work may be used as a supplementary textbook for graduate-level courses in astronomical optics, optical design, optical engineering, programming with Mathematica, or geometric optics.:
Contents note Preface -- Fermat's Principle and General Considerations Regarding Centered Optical Systems -- Gaussian Optics -- Fermat's Principle and Third-Order Aberrations -- Newtonian and Cassegrain Telescopes -- Cameras for Astronomy -- Compound Cassegrain Telescopes -- Doublets and Triplets -- Other Optical Combinations -- Fermat's Principle and Wavefronts -- Hamiltonian Optics -- Monochromatic Third-Order Abberations -- References -- Index.
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