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
Original Manuscript: October 2, 2000
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2001
Published: November 10, 2001
Nandor Bokor and Nir Davidson, "Aberration-free imaging with an aplanatic curved diffractive element," Appl. Opt. 40, 5825-5829 (2001)