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Efficiency considerations for diffractive optical elements
Author(s): Alan D. Kathman; Diane H. Hochmuth; David Renick Brown
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Paper Abstract

The limited efficiency of diffractive optical elements is an important consideration in their design and application. These elements, fabricated using lithographic techniques, have very high theoretical diffraction efficiencies when analyzed using first-order scalar analysis. However, assumptions made in this scalar approach limit its accuracy for high frequency diffractive structures, such as those encountered in fast diffractive lenses. Fabrication limitations also reduce the physically achievable diffraction efficiency. This paper will discuss alternatives to the conventional scalar analysis technique and review how fabrication constraints can be incorporated into the design approach to realize improvements in diffraction efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2577, International Conference on Applications of Optical Holography, (27 July 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.215305
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Alan D. Kathman, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Diane H. Hochmuth, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
David Renick Brown, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2577:
International Conference on Applications of Optical Holography

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