A new method for designing holographic optical elements is presented. The method is based on matching the grating-spacing profile of the recording light interference pattern to the desired grating-spacing profile. We show that for designing near-field holograms, in which the optical images involved are close to the hologram aperture, the grating-matching technique is superior to the well-established aberration-balancing method introduced by Latta [Appl. Opt. 10, 609 (1971)].
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 2003
Published: February 20, 2004
Henrik C. Pedersen and Carsten Thirstrup, "Design of near-field holographic optical elements by grating matching," Appl. Opt. 43, 1209-1215 (2004)