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Applied Optics


  • Vol. 9, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1970
  • pp: 1883–1887

Kinoform Lenses

J. A. Jordan, Jr., P. M. Hirsch, L. B. Lesem, and D. L. Van Rooy  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 9, Issue 8, pp. 1883-1887 (1970)

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A technique for accurately figuring very thin, lightweight lenses is discussed. The phase change required to focus a plane wave into a point is calculated and photographically plotted with exposure proportional to phase (scaled from 0 to 2π). The plot is photoreduced and the photoreduction is etched, with the depth of etch approximately proportional to the exposure. The result is a kinoform lens. Photographs taken with a kinoform lens are included.

© 1970 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 2, 1970
Published: August 1, 1970

J. A. Jordan, P. M. Hirsch, L. B. Lesem, and D. L. Van Rooy, "Kinoform Lenses," Appl. Opt. 9, 1883-1887 (1970)

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