Recent experimental and numerical results clearly show that blazed-binary diffractive elements outperform their standard blazed-échelette counterparts in the resonance domain. A theoretical study of one-dimensional blazed-binary gratings shows that the reason for this high efficiency is a waveguiding effect. The electromagnetic study supports the idea that, through waveguiding, a reduction of the shadowing zone is achieved, and thus the efficiency is increased. This is intrinsic to high-frequency binary structures and cannot be achieved with standard échelette diffractive elements.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 23, 1998
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 1999
Published: October 1, 1999
Philippe Lalanne, "Waveguiding in blazed-binary diffractive elements," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 2517-2520 (1999)