20 November 1985 Achromatic N-Prism Beam Expanders: Optimal Configurations II
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Proceedings Volume 0540, Southwest Conf on Optics '85; (1985) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.976098
Event: 1985 Albuquerque Conferences on Optics, 1985, Albuquerque, United States
We extend the analysis of Trebino (Appl. Opt. 24, Apr. 15, 1985) of single-material achromatic prism beam expanders to include two-material devices and practical expanders consisting entirely of commercially available 45-45-90 prisms. We show that sacrificing simultaneous achromaticity and thermal stability allows the construction of two-material prism beam expanders with only one of these two properties, but having significantly greater transmission than a similar-magnification single-material device. Finally, a numerical optimization routine yields optimal incidence angles for two-, three-, and four-prism single-material achromatic prism beam expanders. In general, we find that the "up-up-...-up-down" configuration is optimal in nearly all practical cases.
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Rick Trebino, Rick Trebino, Charles E. Barker, Charles E. Barker, A. E. Siegman, A. E. Siegman, } "Achromatic N-Prism Beam Expanders: Optimal Configurations II", Proc. SPIE 0540, Southwest Conf on Optics '85, (20 November 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.976098; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.976098

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