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Optical Design

  1. Pantazis Mouroulis

Published Online: 15 JUL 2004

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap635

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Mouroulis, P. 2004. Optical Design. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. .

Author Information

  1. California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2004


The principles and practices of optical design are reviewed. The necessary background knowledge in geometrical optics, aberrations, and image formation theory is outlined. The process of optical design is described, with emphasis placed on real-life challenges faced by the designer.


  • optical design;
  • lens design;
  • optical engineering;
  • image formation;
  • geometrical optics;
  • aberrations