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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 26 — Dec. 24, 2007
  • pp: 17842–17854

Three dimensional analysis of chromatic aberration in diffractive elements with extended depth of focus

D. Mas, J. Espinosa, J. Perez, and C. Illueca  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 26, pp. 17842-17854 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.017842


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Abstract

The paper presents the polychromatic analysis of two diffractive optical elements with extended depth of focus: the linear axicon and the light sword optical element. Chromatic aberration produces axial displacement of the focal segment line. Thus, we explore the possibility of extending the focal depth of these elements to permit superposition of the chromatic foci. In the case of an axicon, we achieve an achromatic zone where focusing is produced. In the case of the light sword element, we show that the focusing segment is out of axis. Therefore a superposition of colors is produced, but not on axis overlapping. Instead, three colored and separated foci are simultaneously obtained in a single plane. Three dimensional structures of the propagated beams are analyzed in order to provide better understanding of the properties and applications of such elements.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(110.4100) Imaging systems : Modulation transfer function
(120.3620) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Lens system design

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: August 29, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2007
Published: December 13, 2007

Citation
David Mas, J. Espinosa, J. Perez, and C. Illueca, "Three dimensional analysis of chromatic aberration in diffractive elements with extended depth of focus," Opt. Express 15, 17842-17854 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-26-17842


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