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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2001
  • pp: 2626–2631

Ultraviolet groove efficiency of a holographic grating: implications for a dual-order spectrograph

Stephan R. McCandliss, Eric B. Burgh, and Paul D. Feldman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 16, pp. 2626-2631 (2001)

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The ultraviolet groove efficiency for a holographically ruled diffraction grating with a trapezoidal profile has been measured. The efficiencies for the ±1 and the zero orders are in good agreement with those derived from scalar theory. The ±1 orders have equal efficiency as a function of wavelength. The peak of the sum of fitted groove efficiency functions is 76%, a level that is competitive with the groove efficiency of a mechanically blazed grating. We suggest that a normal-incidence grating mount with detectors at both orders will offer a system with twice the efficiency and provide a built-in redundancy. We discuss design considerations for reducing astigmatism equally in both orders in such dual-order mountings.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(090.1000) Holography : Aberration compensation
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(260.7210) Physical optics : Ultraviolet, vacuum
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

Original Manuscript: October 6, 2000
Published: June 1, 2001

Stephan R. McCandliss, Eric B. Burgh, and Paul D. Feldman, "Ultraviolet groove efficiency of a holographic grating: implications for a dual-order spectrograph," Appl. Opt. 40, 2626-2631 (2001)

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