22 January 2004 Analytic expression for in-field scattered light distribution
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Abstract
Light that is scattered from lenses and mirrors in an optical system produces a halo of stray light around bright objects within the field of view. The angular distribution of scattered light from any one component is usually described by the Harvey model. This paper presents analytic expressions for the scattered irradiance at a focal plane from optical components that scatter light in accordance with the Harvey model. It is found that the irradiance is independent of the location of an optical element within the system, provided the element is not located at or near an intermediate image plane. It is also found that the irradiance has little or no dependence on the size of the element.
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Gary L. Peterson, "Analytic expression for in-field scattered light distribution", Proc. SPIE 5178, Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions, (22 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.509120; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.509120
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Stray light

Light scattering

Optical components

Diffraction

Mirrors

Geometrical optics

Imaging systems

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