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Photon sieve null corrector
Author(s): Geoff Andersen
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Paper Abstract

We present the concept of using a photon sieve as an inexpensive null-corrector. A photon sieve is a diffractive element consisting of a large number of holes precisely positioned according to an underlying Fresnel Zone Plate geometry. Using diffraction theory we can enlarge the holes significantly beyond the width of a Fresnel zone such that more light is transmitted and greater efficiency is achieved. Added to this, modification of the equations used to generate the hole locations can also permit the construction of any desired wavefront instead of a simple infinite-conjugate ratio focusing optic. This makes it an ideal optic for testing larger components in a null-corrector configuration. In this talk we will present theoretical and experimental results from tests of this idea. These include the fabrication of a 0.1m diameter intensity photon sieve null-corrector specifically for testing a parabolic primary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 62730K (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669549
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Geoff Andersen, USAF Academy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6273:
Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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