Influence of Seidel distortion on combining beams from a phased telescope array.

@article{Lucke1999InfluenceOS,
  title={Influence of Seidel distortion on combining beams from a phased telescope array.},
  author={R L Lucke},
  journal={Applied optics},
  year={1999},
  volume={38 22},
  pages={4776-83}
}
When beams from an array of a focal telescopes are presented to a beam-combining telescope, tilt errors of the beam wave fronts with respect to the combined wave front place limits on the achievable field of view (FOV); these limits, to the best of our knowledge, have not previously been correctly described in the literature. We show that if the front-end telescopes have just the right Seidel distortion coefficient, then tilt error does not limit the FOV. If this is not the case, at least small… CONTINUE READING

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