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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1995
  • pp: 2145–2158

Understanding diffractive optic design in the scalar domain

Joseph N. Mait  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 12, Issue 10, pp. 2145-2158 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.12.002145


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Abstract

A general procedure is presented for the design of diffractive optical elements, and scalar diffraction theory is used to apply it to the design of three common diffractive elements: a diffractive lens, an array generator, and a correlation filter. The procedure reveals that most common design techniques can be classified as either direct or indirect optimizations. The key feature of the design procedure is the specification of a suitable performance measure based on the designer’s understanding of the optical system and the fabrication technology used to realize the diffractive element. The use of complex-wave amplitude, scale, and phase freedoms in design is also emphasized.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: December 19, 1994
Revised Manuscript: May 4, 1995
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 1995
Published: October 1, 1995

Citation
Joseph N. Mait, "Understanding diffractive optic design in the scalar domain," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 12, 2145-2158 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-12-10-2145

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