Abstract

When beams from an array of afocal 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 FOV’s can still be obtained, even if the FOV is not centered on the on-axis direction.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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  7. M. Lampton, BEAM4 Optical Ray Tracer (Stellar Software, PO Box 10183, Berkeley, Calif. 94709).

1995 (2)

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Harvey, C. Ftaclas, “Field-of-view limitations of phased telescope arrays,” Appl. Opt. 34, 5787–5798 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1988 (1)

L. D. Weaver, J. S. Fender, C. R. De Hainaut, “Design considerations for multiple telescope imaging arrays,” Opt. Eng. 27, 730–735 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Blea, J. P.

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Born, M.

M. Born, E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 4th ed. (Pergamon, New York, 1970), Chap. 5, see especially pp. 211–213.

Burton, B. D.

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

De Hainaut, C. R.

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

L. D. Weaver, J. S. Fender, C. R. De Hainaut, “Design considerations for multiple telescope imaging arrays,” Opt. Eng. 27, 730–735 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Duneman, D. C.

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Dymale, R. C.

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Fender, J. S.

L. D. Weaver, J. S. Fender, C. R. De Hainaut, “Design considerations for multiple telescope imaging arrays,” Opt. Eng. 27, 730–735 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Ftaclas, C.

Harvey, J. E.

Hines, C. E.

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Jenkins, F. A.

F. A. Jenkins, H. E. White, Fundamentals of Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1957), p. 152.

Korsch, D.

D. Korsch, Reflective Optics (Academic, San Diego, 1991), pp. 43, 98, 212–214, and 230.

Weaver, L. D.

L. D. Weaver, J. S. Fender, C. R. De Hainaut, “Design considerations for multiple telescope imaging arrays,” Opt. Eng. 27, 730–735 (1988).
[CrossRef]

White, H. E.

F. A. Jenkins, H. E. White, Fundamentals of Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1957), p. 152.

Wolf, E.

M. Born, E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 4th ed. (Pergamon, New York, 1970), Chap. 5, see especially pp. 211–213.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Opt. Eng. (2)

C. R. De Hainaut, D. C. Duneman, R. C. Dymale, J. P. Blea, B. D. Burton, C. E. Hines, “Wide field performance of a phased array telescope,” Opt. Eng. 34, 876–880 (1995).
[CrossRef]

L. D. Weaver, J. S. Fender, C. R. De Hainaut, “Design considerations for multiple telescope imaging arrays,” Opt. Eng. 27, 730–735 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

M. Born, E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 4th ed. (Pergamon, New York, 1970), Chap. 5, see especially pp. 211–213.

D. Korsch, Reflective Optics (Academic, San Diego, 1991), pp. 43, 98, 212–214, and 230.

F. A. Jenkins, H. E. White, Fundamentals of Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1957), p. 152.

M. Lampton, BEAM4 Optical Ray Tracer (Stellar Software, PO Box 10183, Berkeley, Calif. 94709).

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