To help in the fabrication of off-axis conic sections, we present a method to approximate this off-axis section by an on-axis conic centered on the portion desired. This method is based on the method of continuum least squares to obtain the vertex’s curvature and conic constant of the fitted conic on-axis, given the curvature at the vertex and the conic constant of the parent conic from where we want the section and the size of that section. Simple analytic expressions for the curvature and conic constant are derived in terms of the parameters of the off-axis section.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
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