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Glossary

A-C

Abbe number (also Vnumber)
( n d - 1)/( n F - n c), where n d is the refractive index at wavelengths d = 0.5876 ?m, F = 0.4861 ?m, and C = 0.6563 ?m. Also called V number.
aberration
Geometrical errors in imagery whereby a perfect (or stigmatic) image is not formed. Typical aberrations include spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma, and chromatic aberration. The aberration of distortion does not affect the image quality but rather the image position. Similarly field curvature creates an image on a curved image surface. Lens bendings, locations, powers, glass types, as well as number of lenses and stop position, are all used to minimize aberrations.
achromatic lens
A lens using two or more glass types which brings two colors to a common focus. Refractive along with diffractive optics can also lead to achromatic designs.
afocal lens
A lens system which takes collimated light input and produces collimated light out, such as a pair of binoculars, a telescope, and a beam expander.
Airy disk
The central maximum of the diffraction pattern from a perfect optical system with a circular unobscured aperture. The diameter of the Airy disk is 2.44 ? f/number.
anomaly, image
False or "ghostlike" images in thermal infrared systems which are caused by the detector "seeing," or sensing energy from, portions of the system interior (rather than scene energy). If the system interior is at a different...
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Gradient Index Lenses
Gradient index (GRIN) lenses focus light through a precisely controlled radial variation of the lens material's index of refraction from the optical axis to the edge of the lens.
Achromats
Achromats consist of two or more elements, usually of crown and flint glass, that have been corrected for chromatic aberration with respect to two selected wavelengths.  They are also known as achromatic lenses.  This area includes micro achromats as well.
Zoom Lenses
Zoom lenses are mechanical assemblies of lens elements that provide the ability to vary focal length and angle of view.
Microscope Lenses and Objectives
Microscope lenses and microscope objectives include eyepieces or oculars, optical filters, objectives, adapters or mounts, condensers and other optical components for microscopy.

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