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Novel material used for light-shaping diffusers
Author(s): Edgar A. Mendoza; David T. Mintzer; Peter W. Low; Anil Menon
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Paper Abstract

A novel material is described for holographic light shaping diffusers based upon monolithic glass fabrication that is totally optically refractive. This diffuser has mechanical and optical properties far superior to plastic diffusers, making it suitable for use in optical systems that include high power lasers, ultraviolet applications, near infrared applications, and for high-temperature environments. We have designed and implemented an all glass diffuser. This novel diffuser is a monolithic optical element that controls the angular spread of transmitted light and homogenizes otherwise spatially noisy light sources such as LEDs and filamented light sources while maintaining damage thresholds consistent with any glass optical element. Preliminary analysis shows that this glass diffuser has a transmission efficiency of 90% from the ultraviolet wavelengths through the visible spectrum and into the near infrared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 1997
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3136, Sol-Gel Optics IV, (2 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284114
Show Author Affiliations
Edgar A. Mendoza, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
David T. Mintzer, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Peter W. Low, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Anil Menon, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3136:
Sol-Gel Optics IV
Bruce S. Dunn; John D. Mackenzie; Edward J. A. Pope; Helmut K. Schmidt; Masayuki Yamane, Editor(s)

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