Abstract

The theoretical extent of image transfer by perfect, cylindrical, step-index optical waveguides is examined. Azimuthal image structure is essentially removed by such waveguides, while substantial radial image structure is transmitted. The consequences of this behavior for optical-fiber image scramblers are discussed; such devices may be unsuitable for simple photometric applications but appear to be potentially useful in reducing zonal errors in slit spectroscopy.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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