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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2007
  • pp: 8140–8148

Comparative analysis of doublets versus single-layer diffractive optical elements in eyepiece or magnifier design

Ozan Cakmakci and Jannick Rolland  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 33, pp. 8140-8148 (2007)

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We quantify the impact of eye clearance requirement on the performance of eyepieces utilizing doublets versus diffractive optical elements on aspheric substrates. In this study, the doublets were designed to be cemented on-axis elements. Specifically, four different values of eye clearance were implemented: 17, 20, 23, and 26   mm . For each value, axial and lateral color, spherical aberration, coma, astigmatism, field curvature, and distortion were compared. Each system under comparison was optimized for the same focal length, a 9   mm exit pupil, photopic wavelengths ( 513 608   nm ) , and a 40° full field of view. We demonstrate that the single-layer diffractive optical element supports an eye clearance value of approximately 80% of the effective focal length, while the doublet drops below desired specifications at approximately 65% of the effective focal length.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 4, 2007
Published: November 19, 2007

Ozan Cakmakci and Jannick Rolland, "Comparative analysis of doublets versus single-layer diffractive optical elements in eyepiece or magnifier design," Appl. Opt. 46, 8140-8148 (2007)

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