Melanie Campbell, Ph. D.

Course outline

  1. Thick lens systems
    • Front and back surface power
    • Equivalent power
    • Focal lengths
    • Equivalent thin lens
    • Cardinal points
    • Image construction and magnification
  2. Lenses and mirrors in combination
    • Spherical mirrors
    • Step along calculations
    • Equivalent mirror treatment
  3. Effects of stops and apertures
    • Entrance and exit pupils
    • Aperture stops
    • Chief rays
    • F number
    • Depth of focus and field
  4. Instrumentation examples
    • Eyepieces
    • Telescopes
    • Microscopes
  5. Non-paraxial optics and aberrations
    • Seidel aberrations
    • Chromatic aberrations
    • Lens shape
    • Relation of stop position and field position to aberration
    • Wave front aberrations
    • Diffraction
    • Resolution
  6. Image evaluation
    • Optical path difference and aberrations
    • Aberration tolerances
    • Point and line spread functions
    • Modulation transfer function
    • Diffraction and aberration effects
  7. Optical design and optical computation
    • Paraxial, meridional and skew rays
    • Aspheric surfaces
    • Achromatic design
    • Doublets and triplets
    • Optical design programs