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  • Vol. 32, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2007
  • pp: 448–450

Binary diffractive beam splitters with arbitrary diffraction angles

Andreas Hermerschmidt, Sven Krüger, and Günther Wernicke  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 5, pp. 448-450 (2007)

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Diffractive optical beam splitters designed with iterative Fourier transform type algorithms can produce only certain diffraction angles given by the spatial frequencies used for the computations, which are multiples of a certain base spatial frequency. We have developed a design algorithm that overcomes this limitation and can be used to compute binary diffractive elements with arbitrary diffraction angles. The simulated and experimentally measured properties of optical elements producing beam arrays in circular arrangements are presented and discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1380) Diffraction and gratings : Binary optics
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: October 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2006
Published: February 2, 2007

Andreas Hermerschmidt, Sven Krüger, and Günther Wernicke, "Binary diffractive beam splitters with arbitrary diffraction angles," Opt. Lett. 32, 448-450 (2007)

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