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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 19688–19701

Design of an off-axis see-through display based on a dynamic phase correction approach

Marc Beuret, Patrice Twardowski, and Joël Fontaine  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 19688-19701 (2011)

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The design and the analysis of an off-axis (50°) diffractive imaging optical system is presented in this paper. A 10°x15° field of view is considered. The optical system is composed of two diffractive optical elements. A static diffractive optical element having a frozen phase transfer function is used to perform a virtual point in the considered field of view. A dynamic diffractive optical element having an adapted calculated phase transfer function is used to compensate for aberrations of the static element. Using a sequential creation of virtual image points and considering human eye characteristics, it is shown that a nine points virtual image can be obtained with current technology. Moreover, it is presented that aberrations can be compensated whatever the position of the virtual point in the 10°x15° field of view. Finally, using rigorous coupled wave analysis, it is shown that an average diffraction efficiency of 79% can be reached across the considered field of view with a standard deviation of nearly 5%.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2011
Published: September 23, 2011

Marc Beuret, Patrice Twardowski, and Joël Fontaine, "Design of an off-axis see-through display based on a dynamic phase correction approach," Opt. Express 19, 19688-19701 (2011)

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