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Applications of diffractive optical elements in visible and infrared optical systems
Author(s): C. William Chen
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Paper Abstract

The diffractive optical element (DOE) provides unique and improved chromatic aberration reduction for both visible and IR optical systems. The DOE simplifies the optical design form and improves the image quality of refractive optical systems. This paper formulates and analyzes the theory of chromatic aberration correction and compares DOE performance with that of a conventional optical element (COE). It presents several design examples with spectral bandwidth ranging from visible to long wavelength infrared to illustrate the advantages of optical systems using a DOE. DOE improves optical system performance while lowering the cost and weight by reducing the number of lens elements and desensitizing misalignment tolerances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10263, Lens Design: A Critical Review, 102630A (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.131973
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C. William Chen, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10263:
Lens Design: A Critical Review
Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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