Unfolding ray trace for plates and wedges

O. Cardona-Nuñez, A. Cornejo-Rodríguez, P.C. García-Flores


We present a new procedure to obtain analytic expressions for tracing rays in plates and wedges used edgewise applying the unfolding method for ray tracing, to be able to analyze the behavior of these optical components for transporting light in optical systems. The plates and wedges are useful in transforming the shape and characteristics of light beams, and also for changing the focal ratio or aperture number of these beams. The analytic expressions derived are simple to use in any application.


Optical design; ray trace; plates; wedges

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Revista Mexicana de Física

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