Coma

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Description

One type of optical aberration of a lens with spherical surface. When coma aberration occurs, the image cannot be focused because the light rays no longer meet at the focal plane as a point but rather as the shape of a comet. Coma is caused by various lens zones having different magnifications. A lens systems that is corrected for both spherical aberration and coma for a single object position is called aplanatic.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Koma (Deut.); coma (Fr.);

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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