30 September 2013 Applied paraxial methods and some philosophical questions
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The present paper is dedicated to some aspects of the paraxial geometric optical method, which are implicitly used, but often are misunderstood, especially by students. We discuss the symbolic character of the method versus its ability to represent real optical paths and the link to Fourier optics. Further special applications, such as the construction of the imaging properties of elliptical mirrors, are considered. The paper contains practical and comprehensible examples from various formerly published projects to explicitly illustrate relations and construction strategies, as they might appear in a text book on the topic.
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Cornelius Hahlweg, Cornelius Hahlweg, Wenjing Zhao, Wenjing Zhao, Joachim Doerfler, Joachim Doerfler, Hendrik Rothe, Hendrik Rothe, "Applied paraxial methods and some philosophical questions", Proc. SPIE 8842, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XVI, 88420A (30 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023700; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023700


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