Design of optically stable reflector systems and prisms

Chuang Yu Tsai, Psang-Dain Lin

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Utilizing an image orientation change merit function, we prove the finding of Schweitzer et al. [Appl. Opt. 37,5190 (1998)] that only two types of optically stable reflector system exist, namely, preserving or retroreflecting. We also present an analytical method for designing optically stable reflector systems comprising multiple reflectors. It is shown that an infinite number of solutions can be obtained for systems comprising more than three reflectors. Furthermore, it is shown that by adding two parallel refracting flat boundary surfaces at the entrance and exit positions of the light ray in an optical system with multi-ple reflectors, an optically stable prism can be obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4158-4163
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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