Abstract

From the literature the calculation of power and astigmatism of a local wavefront after refraction at a given surface is known from the vergence and Coddington equations. For higher-order aberrations (HOAs) equivalent analytical equations do not exist. Since HOAs play an increasingly important role in many fields of optics, e.g., ophthalmic optics, it is the purpose of this study to extend the “generalized Coddington equation” to the case of HOA (e.g., coma and spherical aberration). This is done by local power series expansions. In summary, with the results presented here, it is now possible to calculate analytically the local HOA of an outgoing wavefront directly from the aberrations of the incoming wavefront and the refractive surface.

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