Published Online: 15 JUL 2005
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Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
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Shack, R. 2005. Geometric Optics. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. .
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2005
This article reviews the most elementary theory of optics, namely geometric optics, and describes its connection to quantum optics and other high-level theories. The basics of light propagation in the form of rays and wave-fronts are described. The main emphasis is on optical image-forming systems and system aberrations. This article provides basic knowledge for any optical engineer.
- geometric optics;
- optical engineering;
- image formation;
- imaging systems