Wavefronts and construction tolerances for a cat's-eye retroreflector.

  title={Wavefronts and construction tolerances for a cat's-eye retroreflector.},
  author={R Beer and D Marjaniemi},
  journal={Applied optics},
  volume={5 7},
A retroreflector (a device that reflects an incident beam of light through exactly 180 degrees ) constructed from a primary concave mirror and a small secondary mirror near its paraxial focus, the so-called cat's-eye retroreflector, has been investigated. Ray-tracing of systems with both spherical and parabolic primaries suggests that the latter are considerably superior to the former and comparable to a cube-corner retroreflector. The investigation has also enabled mechanical tolerances for… CONTINUE READING