We study the field diffracted by a plane grating with curved (parabolic) grooves. We will demonstrate that when a monochromatic plane wave is incident on a grating with parabolic grooves the diffracted field has a focal line whose position depends on the curvature radius of the parabolas and the incidence angle of the light onto the grating. The effect described has potential applications in grating-based devices for focusing light without requiring any additional optics.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 8, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 15, 2004
Published: October 1, 2004
José A. Ferrari, Eugenio Garbusi, and Erna M. Frins, "Linear focusing by a plane grating with curved grooves," Appl. Opt. 43, 5350-5355 (2004)