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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1989
  • pp: 1175–1188

Theory of second-generation holographic diffraction gratings

Christopher Palmer  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 6, Issue 8, pp. 1175-1188 (1989)

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The geometric theory of imaging for spectrometer systems is extended to include those with diffraction gratings produced holographically by the intersection of two sets of spherical wave fronts that have been rendered aspheric through reflection from concave mirrors. Aberration coefficients are derived that reduce to those of conventional holographic grating systems in the appropriate limit, and degrees of freedom for aberration correction are discussed.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 11, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: March 9, 1989
Published: August 1, 1989

Christopher Palmer, "Theory of second-generation holographic diffraction gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 6, 1175-1188 (1989)

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  11. The analysis that follows is not restricted to spherical mirrors but may apply to any reflecting surfaces of revolution. At this point in the development, though, it is more instructive to consider a spherical mirror, which has one center of curvature. Generally the center of curvature for that slice of the mirror lying in the principal plane and the center of the mirror surface define the axis of symmetry of the surface of revolution; we require this particular line to be parallel to the grating normal.
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  16. Strictly speaking, F10= F01= 0 only for the principal ray, but the power-series expansion of Ψ [Eq. (25)] provides aberration coefficients Fijthat are independent of the pupil coordinates yand z.
  17. F01= 0 identically, since we have imposed a plane of symmetry (the xyplane); for optical systems without a plane of symmetry, the F01term provides the familiar law of reflection in the plane perpendicular to the principal plane (viz., parallel to the grooves).
  18. M. Abramowitz, I. Stegun, eds., Handbook of Mathematical Functions (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1972), p. 15, Eq. (3.6.11).
  19. A further restriction, namely, lC= rC, provides Y= Z= −1/2; this can readily be seen to be valid when it is recalled that Yand Zare the derivatives ∂η/∂yand ∂ζ/∂z, respectively, and for a planar mirror parallel to the grating tangent plane and equidistant from the source and the grating center, a shift dηin the mirror coordinate will produce twice the shift in the grating coordinate. The negative sign is an artifact of our coordinate systems: ηincreases as ydecreases, and vice versa.
  20. R. P. Gillespie, Partial Differentiation (Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1951), pp. 57–61.
  21. D. J. Schroeder, Astronomical Optics (Academic, San Diego, California, 1987), pp. 79–81.
  22. This can be seen from Eq. (51), in which the groove spacing dfor a first-generation holographic grating is nonzero only if the recording angles γand δare distinct.

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