Abstract

In this work we obtain the equations for curvatures of refracted wavefronts for a plano arbitrary lens. The functions H0, H1, and H2 that determine the caustic also determine the curvature of these wavefronts. The analysis performed in these calculations allows us to study the behavior of the Ronchigrams for the case of plane incident wavefronts. We apply this procedure for a plano–spherical lens, and we discover that it is possible to describe the behavior of the Ronchigrams based on the τ function, which labels the refracted wavefronts of the optical system.

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