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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 35 — Dec. 10, 2001
  • pp: 6548–6560

Application of nonperiodic phase structures in optical systems

Benno H. W. Hendriks, Jorrit E. de Vries, and H. Paul Urbach  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 35, pp. 6548-6560 (2001)

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Wide, nonperiodic stepped phase structures are studied to correct various parameter-dependent wave-front aberrations in optical systems. The wide nature of these phase structures makes them easy to manufacture with sufficient compensation of the wave-front aberrations. Wave-front aberration correction for both continuous and discrete parameter variations are studied. An analytical method is derived for the discrete parameter variations to find the optimal phase structure. Both theoretical and experimental results show that these nonperiodic phase structures can be used to make (1) lenses athermal (defocus and spherical aberration compensated), (2) lenses achromatic, (3) lenses with a large field of view, (4) lenses with a reduced field curvature, and (5) digital versatile disk objective lenses for optical recording that are compatible with compact disk readout.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

Original Manuscript: April 10, 2001
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2001
Published: December 10, 2001

Benno H. W. Hendriks, Jorrit E. de Vries, and H. Paul Urbach, "Application of nonperiodic phase structures in optical systems," Appl. Opt. 40, 6548-6560 (2001)

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