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Aspheric Optics: Ask for What You Want

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Trey Turner and Mark Damery, !%REO%!

Advances in production make aspheres more readily available and usable at shorter wavelengths, but the methodology is distinctly different from that of spherical optics. It is vital to understand the cost impact of various specifications — and to communicate top priorities. An experienced asphere manufacturer can propose minor changes to reduce cost significantly while still delivering target performance or better. Aspheres give the designer a powerful tool that can help reduce the total number of components in a system by decreasing the optical aberrations contributed by each lens...Read full article

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