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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 21 — Oct. 8, 2012
  • pp: 23960–23970

Coherent stitching of light in multilayered diffractive optical elements

Mi Li Ng, Debashis Chanda, and Peter R. Herman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 21, pp. 23960-23970 (2012)

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Diffractive optical elements serve an important function in many dynamic and static optical systems. Multilayered diffractive elements offer powerful opportunity to harness both phase and amplitude modulation for benefits in diffraction efficiency and beam shaping. However, multilayered combinations have been difficult to fabricate and provide only weak diffraction for phase gratings with low refractive index contrast. Femtosecond laser writing of finely-pitched multilayer volume gratings was optimized in bulk fused silica. We identify and quantify an optimum layer-to-layer separation according to Talbot self-imaging planes and present systematic experimental validation of this new approach to enhance otherwise weakly diffracting volume gratings.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: August 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2012
Published: October 4, 2012

Mi Li Ng, Debashis Chanda, and Peter R. Herman, "Coherent stitching of light in multilayered diffractive optical elements," Opt. Express 20, 23960-23970 (2012)

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