In a recent paper [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 113 (1999)] a thin-element approximation of diffractive optical elements was used to describe diffraction of oblique incident wave fronts. This expression motivated by a ray optical analysis is shown to be incorrect. I discuss how the thin-element approximation can be generalized to arbitrary diffraction geometries. This includes an intuitive interpretation of the results.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 28, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2000
Published: June 1, 2000
Markus Testorf, "On the zero-thickness model of diffractive optical elements," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 1132-1133 (2000)