Schmidt system


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Schmidt system

[′shmit ‚sis·təm]
(optics)
An optical system designed to eliminate spherical aberration and coma, which, in its original form, consists of a spherical mirror, a Schmidt correction plate near the focus of the mirror, and usually a curved reflecting plate at the focus of the mirror; used in astronomical telescopes with unusually wide fields of view and in spectroscopes, and to project a television image from a cathode-ray tube onto a screen. Also known as projection optics; Schmidt camera; Schmidt objective; Schmidt optics.