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Rigorous synthesis of diffractive optical elements
Author(s): Eero Noponen; Jyrki Saarinen
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Paper Abstract

The analysis and the design of diffractive optical elements beyond the paraxial domain that contain wavelength-scale features must be based on the rigorous electromagnetic theory, i.e. on the solution of Maxwell's equations without introducing deliberate approximations present in scalar theories. In this paper we given an overview of various rigorous diffraction analysis methods and describe in more detail a Fourier-expansion eigenmode method that we call the BKK method. We apply exact diffraction theory to the analysis and the design of conventional diffractive elements as well as to the synthesis of several novel types of components.

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Date Published: 7 May 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2689, Diffractive and Holographic Optics Technology III, (7 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239638
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Eero Noponen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Jyrki Saarinen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2689:
Diffractive and Holographic Optics Technology III
Ivan Cindrich; Sing H. Lee, Editor(s)

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