Negative index lens aberrations.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examine the Seidel aberrations of thin spherical lenses composed of media with refractive index not restricted to be positive. We find that consideration of this expanded parameter space allows for the reduction or elimination of more aberrations than is possible with only positive index media. In particular, we find that spherical lenses possessing real aplanatic focal points are possible only with a negative index. We perform ray tracing, using a custom code that relies only on Maxwell's equations and conservation of energy, that confirms the results of the aberration calculations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schurig, D; Smith, DR

Published Date

  • December 17, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 6 Pt 2

Start / End Page

  • 065601 -

PubMed ID

  • 15697425

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2376

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1539-3755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physreve.70.065601


  • eng