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Diffractive optics: state of the art
Author(s): Jari Turunen
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Paper Abstract

In diffractive optics macrostructured surface relief profiles or index-modulated media are employed to modulate electromagnetic fields in such a manner that a given optical function is achieved [1,2]. Diffractive elements range from linear gratings and microlenses to complicated structures that can shape or split a laser beam in a rather arbitrary manner, or display scenes or patterns that need not exist in the real world. In a sense diffractive optics can be understood as an extension of classical optics, in which macrostructured surface profiles of graded-index media are employed. In recent years both the design methods and the fabrication techniques have developed rapidly, and a large number of new applications have emerged. As a result diffractive optics has already become a mature technology, with considerable technological and commercial impact, in several of its application areas.

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Date Published: 1 September 1996
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 2778, 17th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for Science and New Technology, 277802 (1 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.2298884
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Jari Turunen, Univ. of Joensuu (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2778:
17th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for Science and New Technology
Joon-Sung Chang; Jai-Hyung Lee; ChangHee Nam, Editor(s)

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