Modern Optical Engineering, 4th Ed. (Anglais) Relié – 1 janvier 2008
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The book starts with a four chapter overview of first order optics: cardinal points, image position and size, paraxial ray tracing and so on. The next two chapters introduce optical aberrations. Although all of the different ways of describing aberrations (transverse, longitudinal, angular and wavefront) are mentioned, Smith focuses on transverse. Readers specifically interested in the wavefront formulation would be advised to refer to Welford's "Aberrations of Optical Systems" or Kidger's "Fundamental Optical Design". The next few chapters provide valuable information for lens designers, but it's hard to summarize them as a unit. Included in this group is Chapter 9. Stops, Apertures, Pupils and Diffraction, to which I've referred more people than any other.
With the background covered, Chapters 13 starts the main section of the book on how to go about designing lenses. Had Smith taken the time to do a more thorough rewrite, rather than primarily adding chapters, this section could have been more cohesive, but it is good enough as it is. Chapters 13 and 14 cover optical system layout. They are followed by a chapter on Wavefront Aberrations and MTF that was called "Image Evaluation" in earlier editions. This chapter is critical for understanding how well a lens design will perform. Chapters 16-18 walk the reader through the process of lens design, giving a number of examples. Smith was an expert, so the gems offered in these chapters bear repeated reference. Chapter 19 is an attempt to fill a void left when Cox's "A System of Optical Design" went out of print. Cox's Lens Performance Section, with its hundreds of evaluated patented lens designs provided a wealth of starting points for a generation of lens designers. Smith's chapter with 62 evaluated designs, including the OSLO performance report, is a bit broader in coverage, but has only a small fraction of the designs.
Smith closes the book with a chapter that gives a background on how to work with an optical manufacturer and one on working with lenses you can purchase off the shelf.
There are many other books on lens design, but Smith's is a classic.
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