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Chromatic Aberration

  1. Apr 2, 2005 #1
    What is the approximate difference in the points of convergence between red and blue light when using a spherical lens? Is it negligible (i.e. less than a millimeter)? Is it a specific distance or is it a function of a separate variable?
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  3. Apr 2, 2005 #2
    I'm not sure on an exact measurement, but I wouldn't call it negligible. If it were, camera lens manufacturers wouldn't employ the use of aspherical elements and low-dispersion glass.
  4. Apr 2, 2005 #3


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    Nothing more to add on Reed's comments, but it's definitely not negligible, and it's definitely measurable. The distance would be a function of lens geometry.
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