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Design And Fabrication Of Aspheric Holographic Optical Elements Using Computer-Generated Holograms.
Author(s): James M. Tedesco; Ronald C. Fairchild
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Paper Abstract

Aspheric Holographic Optical Elements (HOEs) have been applied in areas such as optical testing, optical processing, and imaging. The aspheric HOE is generally represented during the design process in terms of its object and reference construction wavefronts, which may be defined in a number of ways such as point source locations, wavefront-forming lens surfaces, or analytic phase functions. We have pursued a design and fabrication process which takes advantage of the design flexibility provided by arbitrary analytic wavefront definitions. The goal of this process is to produce large, efficient, generally aspheric HOEs without the long lead times and high costs associated with fabricating generally aspheric wavefront-forming lenses. The physical realization of the HOE wavefronts is accomplished through a combination of readily-available lenses and computer-generated holograms (CGHs). An optical processor is employed in the wavefront-generating hardware which serves both to filter out unwanted CGH diffracted orders and to copy the filtered wavefront into a high-efficiency dichromated gelatin hologram. The processes of HOE wavefront definition, optical processor design, and CGH fringe generation are described along with practical limitations of the concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 1985
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0523, Applications of Holography, (12 June 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.946293
Show Author Affiliations
James M. Tedesco, Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Ronald C. Fairchild, Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0523:
Applications of Holography
Lloyd Huff, Editor(s)

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