from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to optical systems that correct for spherical aberration.
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- adj. Free from, or corrected for, spherical aberration and chromatic aberration
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having two or more parts of different curvatures, so combined as to remove spherical aberration; -- said of a lens.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without aberration: in optics, applied to a lens or combination of lenses, as in a telescope, which brings parallel rays to a focus without spherical or chromatic aberration.
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- adj. free from or corrected for spherical aberration
(An aplanatic triplet will be found best for this purpose.)
It was thought that the use of this Herschel aplanatic combination as an eyepiece, combined with the Wollaston doublet for the objective, came as near perfection as the compound microscope was likely soon to come.
Sir John Herschel, another of the very great physicists of the time, also gave attention to the problem of improving the microscope, and in 1821 he introduced what was called an aplanatic combination of lenses, in which, as the name implies, the spherical aberration was largely done away with.
To compute exactly the extent to which these evils have been developed he has devised a syncretic abacus, in which, on the principle of the spectroscope, the aplanatic foci are arranged in fluorescent nodules each equidistant from the metacentre.
Mr. Orguly Bolp's large painting, entitled "Embrocation," is an interesting experiment in the handling of aplanatic surfaces, in which the toxic determinants are harmonized by a sort of plastic _meiosis_ with syncopated rhythms.