oa CSIR Science Scope - Optical test and evaluation to grow optics industry : optronics
|Article Title||Optical test and evaluation to grow optics industry : optronics|
|© Publisher:||Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)|
|Journal||CSIR Science Scope|
|Author||Danie Van Staden|
|Publication Date||Jun 2006|
|Pages||28 - 29|
Modern optical design dates back to the pioneering work of Fraunhofer, Abbe and Zeiss in the 1800s. A thorough mathematical base was developed followed by the development of optical coating techniques in the early 1930s (and the production of anti-reflection coatings on optical surfaces). This latter development is of significant importance as it opened up the possibility for the optical designer to use a multitude of elements in a single optical system. Thereafter, the electronic computer became commercially available and since the 1950s, many software design programs have been developed.
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