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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1981
  • pp: 2670–2675

Multifacet holographic optical elements for wave front transformations

S. K. Case, P. R. Haugen, and O. J. Løkberg  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 2670-2675 (1981)

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A new type of holographic optical element combines some of the flexibility of computer-generated holograms with the high light efficiency of volume phase holograms to produce optical elements capable of arbitrary illumination transformations with nearly 100% light efficiency. The optical element is recorded by subdividing a volume hologram film surface into numerous small areas (facets), each of which is individually exposed. A final optical system consisting of two dichromated gelatin holograms in series is demonstrated. The first hologram spatially redistributes the incident light, and the second hologram produces a desired phase front on the redistributed light.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 22, 1981
Published: August 1, 1981

S. K. Case, P. R. Haugen, and O. J. Løkberg, "Multifacet holographic optical elements for wave front transformations," Appl. Opt. 20, 2670-2675 (1981)

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