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Diffractive optics in modern optical engineering
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Paper Abstract

The influence of diffractive optics on modern optical engineering has been considerable. The paper discusses a wide variety of applications of diffractive surfaces in the infrared and visible wavebands. Successful developments in low mass and multi-waveband infrared optics are described and results presented from manufactured hardware. The use in the visible waveband for real-time 3-D imagery, high power magnification of full colour displays, and possible use in diffractive-only helmet displays are examined for their potential. The limitation in the use of conventional diffractive surfaces for wide spectral bandwidth applications is described along with a method for alleviating this problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5865, Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering, 58650B (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624558
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Andrew P. Wood, Thales Optics UK (United Kingdom)
Philip J. Rogers, Thales Optics UK (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5865:
Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering
Robert E. Fischer, Editor(s)

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