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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2330–2332

High-damage-threshold beam shaping using binary phase plates

C. Dorrer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 15, pp. 2330-2332 (2009)

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An approach to near-field beam shaping using a pixellated binary phase plate is presented. Continuous spatial-intensity modulation without phase modulation is obtained in an image plane of the phase plate after far-field Fourier filtering. The phase plate is a substrate with etched pixels introducing a π-phase shift at the use wavelength. The pixel distribution is designed with a modified error-diffusion algorithm. Because of the absence of absorption from the metal layer of conventional shapers, the damage threshold of a phase shaper is mostly limited by the damage threshold of the substrate. A damage threshold of the order of 40 J cm 2 is demonstrated in the nanosecond regime.

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OCIS Codes
(100.5090) Image processing : Phase-only filters
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 21, 2009
Published: July 24, 2009

C. Dorrer, "High-damage-threshold beam shaping using binary phase plates," Opt. Lett. 34, 2330-2332 (2009)

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