Pincushion distortion from spherical detectors

  1. I'm wondering how the use of spherical shaped detectors causes pincushion distortion. I can understand the shape of the detector affecting the final image but I thought the lines would bend out as when a hemisphere is laid out flat, a point appearing near the center from the front on angle would appear further away when the detector is flat. However every image of pincushion distortion has the lines bending in.
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  3. Andy Resnick

    Andy Resnick 6,150
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    Can you provide some context? I'm more familiar with field curvature in this regard.
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