13 November 1980 Aplanatic Waxicons
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Proceedings Volume 0190, Los Alamos Conference on Optics 1979; (1980); doi: 10.1117/12.957715
Event: Los Alamos Conference on Optics '79, 1979, Los Alamos, United States
Waxicon mirror components offer many advantages in designing optical systems for transporting high power laser beams. The widespread use of waxicons has been limited because of their high sensitivity to tilt errors. This paper gives the equations of the surfaces of a waxicon that is rigorously corrected for both spherical aberration and coma. Computer ray tracing has confirmed its low sensitivity to tilt errors: if the aplanatic waxicon as a whole is tilted by a small angle δ, the RMS wavefront error in the output beam will be proportional to δ2.
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Gerald N. Minerbo, "Aplanatic Waxicons", Proc. SPIE 0190, Los Alamos Conference on Optics 1979, (13 November 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.957715; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.957715

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