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Optical Engineering

Super Elliptical Zone Plates
Author(s): Gary S. Waldman; Kenneth I. Clifford
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Paper Abstract

The properties of zone plates with different boundary shapes are considered. These shapes are discussed as special cases of the super ellipse. For each case the Fresnel-Kirchhoff diffraction integral is numerically evaluated. It is shown that an elliptical zone plate yields an astigmatic image with axial intensity peaks corresponding to the semi-major and semi-minor axes. In the case of the super ellipse, an additional peak proportional to the square of the diagonal length is obtained. The results were experimentally confirmed in the elliptical case.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1967
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 5(4) 504147 doi: 10.1117/12.7971362
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 5, Issue 4
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Gary S. Waldman, Emerson Electric Company (United States)
Kenneth I. Clifford, Emerson Electric Company (United States)


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