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A New Computational Model for Optical Analysis

Szumski, Ronald; (1998) A New Computational Model for Optical Analysis. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The task of optical analysis and design has benefitted immensely from the power that the modern computer has brought to bear upon the highly numerical processes involved. Ever since the earliest optical analysis tools were designed, the underlying model adopted by the scientific programming fraternity has changed very little. This model is based upon the sub-division of a general optical system into a sequence of surfaces. In the intervening years, computer languages and the associated operating systems have become more and more sophisticated. During the last decade there has been an increasing emphasis placed upon object modelling, and several object-oriented programming languages have been developed in order to support this new view. This thesis attempts to describe how such modern theories can be employed to construct a radically different optical model that is in keeping with current computer modelling practices. The background of earlier optical models is explored, detailing their strong and weak points. Prior to a full description of the proposed model, the various facets of object-oriented programming are described. A new computational model is then developed, highlighting those features where model and reality closely approach one another. Finally, research work undertaken by the author into the field of immersed-echelles is reported.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: A New Computational Model for Optical Analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10104584
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