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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 40, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2001
  • pp: 5825–5829

Aberration-free imaging with an aplanatic curved diffractive element

Nandor Bokor and Nir Davidson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 32, pp. 5825-5829 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.005825


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Abstract

We demonstrate an imaging diffractive optical element (DOE) that is free of coma and other first-order aberrations. The DOE was holographically recorded on a properly curved surface and thereby satisfies the Abbe sine (aplanatic) condition. Experimental results as well as numerical ray-tracing simulations indicate that the off-axis aberrations of the curved DOE are much smaller than those of a flat DOE. Because the recording of the DOE involves a single step and only readily available spherical and plane waves, it is extremely simple.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.1000) Holography : Aberration compensation
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 2, 2000
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2001
Published: November 10, 2001

Citation
Nandor Bokor and Nir Davidson, "Aberration-free imaging with an aplanatic curved diffractive element," Appl. Opt. 40, 5825-5829 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-32-5825

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