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  • 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)

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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.

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

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)

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