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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2000
  • pp: 2223–2228

Aberrations of diffracted wave fields. II. Diffraction gratings

Virendra N. Mahajan  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 2223-2228 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.17.002223


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Abstract

The Rayleigh–Sommerfeld theory is applied to diffraction of a spherical wave by a grating. The grating equation is obtained from the aberration-free diffraction pattern, and its aberrations are shown to be the same as the conventional aberrations obtained by using Fermat’s principle. These aberrations are shown to be not associated with the diffraction process. Moreover, it is shown that the irradiance distribution of a certain diffraction order is the Fraunhofer diffraction pattern of the grating aperture as a whole aberrated by the aberration of that order.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory

History
Original Manuscript: April 24, 2000
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2000
Published: December 1, 2000

Citation
Virendra N. Mahajan, "Aberrations of diffracted wave fields. II. Diffraction gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 2223-2228 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-17-12-2223

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