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Multi-element diffractive optical designs using evolutionary programming
Author(s): David Renick Brown; Alan D. Kathman
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes techniques developed for the design of diffractive beam shaping elements for use with lasers. These techniques have been applied to systems containing both single and multiple cascaded DOEs. Past work by the authors and others described the use of genetic algorithms (GAs) for optimization of diffractive gratings. By appropriate choice of variable encoding and evaluation kernel, we were able to develop a modified genetic algorithm to optimize single diffractive optics for laser beam shaping. Genetic algorithms are a subset of a large class of evolution-based optimization and search algorithms. By developing specific software modules, we are able to apply a variety of evolutionary programming optimization algorithms to a number of design problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2404, Diffractive and Holographic Optics Technology II, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207476
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David Renick Brown, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Alan D. Kathman, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2404:
Diffractive and Holographic Optics Technology II
Ivan Cindrich; Sing H. Lee, Editor(s)

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