Abstract

Performances are presented of three classes of imaging slit spectrometers for extended sources with aberration-corrected gratings. A general analytical expression for minimizing off-axis grating aberrations is obtained, and it is demonstrated that these aberrations are minimized when the spectrometer is operated at a magnification higher than unity. Classical designs with toroidal uniform-line-spaced (TULS) or spherical varied-line-space (SVLS) gratings are compared with a new class of designs that utilize toroidal varied-line-space (TVLS) gratings. Although TULS and SVLS designs with two stigmatic points can be designed to operate at near-unity magnification with excellent on-axis spectral and spatial resolutions, they cannot be made to satisfy the general off-axis condition, and so their off-axis performances are not optimum. On the contrary TVLS designs with two stigmatic points can be operated at almost any magnification, thus satisfying the off-axis condition perfectly. Such designs are suitable for imaging spectrometer observations that require an extended field of view.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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