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Lens Design

4th Edition

By Milton Laikin

CRC Press

512 pages | 186 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780849382789
pub: 2006-12-19
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There is no shortage of lens optimization software on the market to deal with today's complex optical systems for all sorts of custom and standardized applications. But all of these software packages share one critical flaw: you still have to design a starting solution. Continuing the bestselling tradition of the author's previous books, Lens Design, Fourth Edition is still the most complete and reliable guide for detailed design information and procedures for a wide range of optical systems.

Milton Laikin draws on his varied and extensive experience, ranging from innovative cinematographic and special-effects optical systems to infrared and underwater lens systems, to cover a vast range of special-purpose optical systems and their detailed design and analysis. This edition has been updated to replace obsolete glass types and now includes several new designs and sections on stabilized systems, the human eye, spectrographic systems, and diffractive systems. A new CD-ROM accompanies this edition, offering extensive lens prescription data and executable ZEMAX files corresponding to figures in the text.

Filled with sage advice and completely illustrated, Lens Design, Fourth Edition supplies hands-on guidance for the initial design and final optimization for a plethora of commercial, consumer, and specialized optical systems.

Table of Contents

The Method of Lens Design

The Achromatic Doublet

The Air-Spaced Triplet

Triplet Modifications

Petzval Lenses

Double Gauss and Near Symmetric Types

Telephoto Lenses

Inverted Telephoto Lens

Very-Wide-Angle Lenses


Microscope Objectives

In-Water Lenses

Afocal Optical Systems

Relay Lenses

Catadioptric and Mirror Optical Systems

Periscope Systems

IR Lenses

Ultraviolet Lenses and Optical Lithography

F-Theta Scan Lenses


Enlarging and Copying Lenses

Projection Lenses

Telecentric Systems

Laser-Focusing Lenses (Optical Disc)

Heads-Up Display Lenses

The Achromatic Wedge

Wedge-Plate and Rotary-Prism Cameras

Anamorphic Attachments

Illumination Systems

Lenses for Aerial Photography

Radiation-Resistant Lenses

Lenses for Microprojection

First-Order Theory, Mechanically Compensated Zoom

First Order Theory, Optically Compensated Zoom Lenses

Mechanically Compensated Zoom Lenses

The Optically Compensated Zoom Lenses

Copy Lenses with Variable Magnification

Variable Focal Length Lenses

Gradient-Index Lenses

Stabilized Optical Systems

The Human Emmetropic Eye

Spectrographic Systems

Diffractive Systems

Appendix A: Film and CCD Formats

Appendix B: Flange Distance

Appendix C: Thermal and Mechanical Properties

Appendix D: Commercially Available Lens Design Programs


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Optical Science and Engineering

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