The microgenetic algorithm is utilized in the design of dielectric grating structures. To our knowledge, this is the first time that a genetic algorithm has been demonstrated with a small population size, a mixed variable type, and an adaptive mutation scheme. A wide range of grating devices is optimized with the microgenetic algorithm to demonstrate its usefulness and efficiency in diffractive-optic components. Specific examples include fan-out phase gratings, antireflection grating surfaces, resonant fan-out devices, and cascaded grating structures. Conclusions and recommendations for additional efforts are also addressed for increasing the applicability and the convergence rates of the algorithm.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 5, 1994
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 1994
Manuscript Accepted: November 11, 1994
Published: May 1, 1995
Eric G. Johnson and Mustafa A. G. Abushagur, "Microgenetic-algorithm optimization methods applied to dielectric gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 12, 1152-1160 (1995)