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Hybrid optics for space applications: design, manufacture, and testing
Author(s): Reinhard H. Czichy; Dominic B. Doyle; Jean-Michel Mayor
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Paper Abstract

Hybrid optics -- the combination of conventional lens elements and diffractive optical elements (DOE) -- offers new possibilities for optical system design due to its technological flexibility: the specific manufacturing processes allow fabrication of any arbitrary optical element surface shapes and it becomes possible to combine different optical functions in one single element. Furthermore, the technologies used are compatible with semiconductor manufacturing processes, which is a prerequisite for the development of highly integrated optronic devices. Since such aspects are very interesting for the design of space optical systems, a research project was initiated to investigate in detail the potential of hybrid optics for space applications. This paper presents some results of this project and describes the design, manufacture, and testing of a hybrid optical element for use in the visible, as an example.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1780, Lens and Optical Systems Design, (15 April 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.142820
Show Author Affiliations
Reinhard H. Czichy, European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Dominic B. Doyle, European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Jean-Michel Mayor, Ctr. Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1780:
Lens and Optical Systems Design

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