publication . Article . Preprint . 2005

Two-Mirror Schwarzschild Aplanats: Basic Relations

Terebizh, V. Yu.;
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  • Published: 05 Feb 2005 Journal: Astronomy Letters, volume 31, pages 129-139 (issn: 1063-7737, eissn: 1562-6873, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Pleiades Publishing Ltd
It is shown that the theory of aplanatic two-mirror telescopes developed by Karl Schwarzschild in 1905 leads to the unified description both the prefocal and the postfocal systems. The class of surfaces in the ZEMAX optical program has been properly extended to ascertain the image quality in exact Schwarzschild aplanats. A comparison of Schwarzschild aplanats with approximate Ritchey-Chretien and Gregory-Maksutov aplanatic telescopes reveals a noticeable advantage of the former at fast focal ratio of the system.
arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
free text keywords: Space and Planetary Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Schwarzschild radius, Optics, business.industry, business, Image quality, Zemax, Astrophysics
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