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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1999
  • pp: 56–66

On-axis beam extinction through diffraction design and analysis

Luzhong Cai, Chunfei Li, Jianhua Zhao, and Hua-Kuang Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 56-66 (1999)

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To optimize the functions of the surface-relief diffractive optical elements for optical limiters and other applications, we present a systematic design and analysis with numerical illustrations of the transmission properties of different surface-relief phase gratings and Fabry–Perot elements. The spectral response and the tolerance of fabrication errors have been included. An analysis shows that the blazed grating and the echelon grating, a multilevel element as a substitute of the blazed grating, can make the on-axis transmittance very low (less than 1% with one grating) over the broad visible band with a large tolerance of fabrication errors. The results are highly significant for the design of optical-limiting devices.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1380) Diffraction and gratings : Binary optics
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices

Original Manuscript: June 9, 1998
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 1998
Published: January 1, 1999

Luzhong Cai, Chunfei Li, Jianhua Zhao, and Hua-Kuang Liu, "On-axis beam extinction through diffraction design and analysis," Appl. Opt. 38, 56-66 (1999)

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