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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1999
  • pp: 7105–7111

Visible-band testbed projector with a replicated diffractive optical element

C. Bill Chen, Ronald G. Hegg, W. Todd Johnson, William B. King, David F. Rock, and Robert Spande  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 34, pp. 7105-7111 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.007105


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Abstract

Raytheon has designed, fabricated, and tested a diffractive-optical-element–based (DOE-based) testbed projector for direct and indirect visual optical applications. By use of a low-cost replicated DOE surface from Rochester Photonics Corporation for color correction the projector optics bettered the modular transfer function of an equivalent commercial camera lens. The testbed demonstrates that a practical DOE-based optical system is suitable for both visual applications (e.g., head-mounted displays) and visual projection (e.g., tactical sensors). The need for and the proper application of DOE’s in visual optical systems, the nature and the performance of the projector optical design, and test results are described.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.1380) Diffraction and gratings : Binary optics
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: April 5, 1999
Revised Manuscript: August 23, 1999
Published: December 1, 1999

Citation
C. Bill Chen, Ronald G. Hegg, W. Todd Johnson, William B. King, David F. Rock, and Robert Spande, "Visible-band testbed projector with a replicated diffractive optical element," Appl. Opt. 38, 7105-7111 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-34-7105

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