One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reflecting or refracting surface which is free from spherical aberration.
- ‘The term ‘aplanat’ means that the lens is corrected for coma, an image aberration which Rutten and & van Venroiij discuss very well in their book.’
- ‘We do not know what led him to this highly successful design, but it may have been an assembly of two Grubb-type landscape aplanats about a central stop.’
- ‘When viewing resolution is less critical, the aplanats offer an economical alternative.’
- ‘All six lenses are fully corrected aplanats, so they can be mixed and matched in a focusing or non-focusing configuration to obtain the desired magnification.’
- ‘The aplanat is a variation of the simple Abbe, but usually of 3 element design which furnishes a more geometrically perfect cone of light, though its chromatic aberrations are similar to the Abbe's.’
Late 19th century: coined in German from Greek aplanētos, from a- ‘not’ + planan ‘wander’.
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