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Question about toroidal mirror

  1. Oct 14, 2013 #1
    in the figure, what does S’s – for the sagittal plane means? the distance between the image point and the sagittal plane ??
    I see in some papers,they use toroidal mirror to collimate the beam from a point source, how does this happen and why? some material say toroidal mirror have two focus point, where is it?
    any thing help would be appreciated
    best wishes!
    Thank you!
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  3. Oct 14, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    S and S' are object and image vectors - notice the object and image are not on the same line?
    The vectors have components along the saggital plane and the tangential plane.
  4. Oct 15, 2013 #3
    thank you for your answer!how to use toroidal mirror to collimate the beam from a point source?
  5. Oct 15, 2013 #4

    Simon Bridge

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    If you look at the equations - you can see that they look kinda like the lens-maker equation with a factor depending on the incident angle where you normally get the power. Presumably putting the source 1/P from the mirror will have a collimating effect - you'd get a rectangular beam.

    OTOH: never tried - never seen it done this way.
  6. Oct 15, 2013 #5

    Andy Resnick

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    This is a complicated topic, so let's go slowly.

    First are some definitions: sagittal, meridonal, etc. In order to define these, we need basic notions of a rotationally symmetric optical system. If all rays from arbitrary object point P converge to a single unique image point P', the image is called 'stigmatic', and if not, the image is 'astigmatic'. Stigmatic images of a plane object OP, oriented normal to the optical axis, lie also on a surface OP', and a reference plane can be drawn that contains the optical axis, the object plane, and the image surface. This reference plane is defined as the 'tangential' or 'meridional' plane, and is the plane that is typically drawn in lens diagrams. All stigmatic rays lie within the meridional plane, but not all rays are stigmatic. These other rays, skew rays, are used to analyze astigmatic aberrations (stigmatic rays are used to analyze comatic aberrations). Typically, the skew rays lying in planes perpendicular to the meridional planes are chosen- those perpendicular planes are 'sagittal' planes and *are not constant throughout an optical system*- the sagittal plane changes after each surface refraction/reflection.

    Your situation is even more complicated, because the optical surface is not rotationally symmetric. When a narrow beam is obliquely incident on a refracting/reflecting surface, astigmatism is introduced, and the image of a point source becomes a pair of focal lines, one sagttial pointing toward the lens axis and the other tangential, tangential to the lens axis, both lines perpendicular to the principal ray. The formulas on the page you cite are kinda-sorta like the Coddington equations that locate these focal lines.

    How's that so far?
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