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Aberrations of the large aperture attenuating THz lenses

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Maciej Sypek, Andrzej Kolodziejczyk, Michal Makowski, Jaroslaw Suszek

Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)

Jean-Louis Coutaz

IMEP-LAHC, CNRS, Univ. of Savoie (France)

Proc. SPIE 8261, Terahertz Technology and Applications V, 826110 (February 9, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.909046
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  • Terahertz Technology and Applications V
  • San Francisco, California, USA | January 21, 2012

abstract

The elements for manipulating THz beams can be designed both on the basis of the microwave and on the optical technology. Similarly to typical optical components, refractive lenses and diffractive structures can be used in the THz range. For many practical applications the passive THz systems require sophisticated optical elements with a large numerical aperture (NA). The expected resolution of the optical setup is close to the diffractive limit. Therefore the aperture diameter of such optical elements is mostly in the range between 100 and 250 mm or even more and their focal length is often equal to the diameter. A standard refractive high NA spherical lens for the THz range exhibits high signal attenuation due to significant thickness. For typical converging lenses their attenuation is higher near the optical axis (low geometrical aberrations) than in the peripheral regions (high geometrical aberrations). This additionally boosts overall geometrical aberrations of the lens. Here we propose a sophisticated Fresnel-type structure. It should be thin enough to provide low attenuation and thick enough (high order kinoform) to avoid chromatic aberration. Due to special design process the spherical aberration of the structure can be significantly decreased. Computer modeling and experimental results are presented.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Maciej Sypek ; Jean-Louis Coutaz ; Andrzej Kolodziejczyk ; Michal Makowski and Jaroslaw Suszek
"Aberrations of the large aperture attenuating THz lenses", Proc. SPIE 8261, Terahertz Technology and Applications V, 826110 (February 9, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.909046; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.909046


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