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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2004
  • pp: 803–805

High-efficiency broadband diffractive elements based on polarization gratings

Hanna Lajunen, Jani Tervo, and Jari Turunen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 8, pp. 803-805 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.000803


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Abstract

A method is introduced for designing paraxial-domain diffractive elements working over a broad frequency range. The method is based on space-variant manipulation of the state of polarization by form-birefringent binary diffractive structures. It is shown that any scalar phase transmission function can be realized by use of such polarization-modulating structures and that at least in some cases it is even possible to exceed the scalar paraxial-domain upper bounds of diffraction efficiency over a broad frequency band.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Hanna Lajunen, Jani Tervo, and Jari Turunen, "High-efficiency broadband diffractive elements based on polarization gratings," Opt. Lett. 29, 803-805 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-8-803

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