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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2004
  • pp: 4838–4844

Simple lens axicon

Anna Burvall, Katarzyna Kołacz, Zbigniew Jaroszewicz, and Ari T. Friberg  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 25, pp. 4838-4844 (2004)

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We present the design of a cemented doublet-lens axicon made from spherical surfaces only. Compared with diffractive axicons, refractive cone axicons, and earlier lens axicons with aspheric surfaces, this element is inexpensive and easy to manufacture even with large apertures. The lens axicon is based on the deliberate use of the spherical aberration of the surfaces. The design principles of the element and its characterization, numerically and experimentally, are presented in detail. Although performance was traded for simplicity and robustness, the results show that the lens axicon has the main axicon properties: a narrow, extended line focus of relatively constant width.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design

Original Manuscript: December 17, 2003
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2004
Published: September 1, 2004

Anna Burvall, Katarzyna Kołacz, Zbigniew Jaroszewicz, and Ari T. Friberg, "Simple lens axicon," Appl. Opt. 43, 4838-4844 (2004)

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