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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2013
  • pp: 8324–8331

Analysis of wavefront errors introduced by encoding computer-generated holograms

Wenrui Cai, Ping Zhou, Chunyu Zhao, and James H. Burge  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 34, pp. 8324-8331 (2013)

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The fabrication of computer-generated holograms (CGH) by e-beam or laser-writing machine specifically requires using polygon segments to approximate the continuously smooth fringe pattern of an ideal CGH. Wavefront phase errors introduced in this process depend on the size of the polygon segments and the shape of the fringes. In this paper, we propose a method for estimating the wavefront error and its spatial frequency, allowing optimization of the polygon sizes for required measurement accuracy. This method is validated with computer simulation and direct measurements from an interferometer.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1380) Diffraction and gratings : Binary optics
(120.2880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Holographic interferometry
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: September 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2013
Published: November 25, 2013

Wenrui Cai, Ping Zhou, Chunyu Zhao, and James H. Burge, "Analysis of wavefront errors introduced by encoding computer-generated holograms," Appl. Opt. 52, 8324-8331 (2013)

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