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Diffractive optics in modern optical engineering

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Andrew P. Wood, Philip J. Rogers

Thales Optics UK (United Kingdom)

Proc. SPIE 5865, Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering, 58650B (August 18, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.624558
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  • Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering
  • Robert E. Fischer
  • San Diego, California, USA | July 31, 2005

abstract

The influence of diffractive optics on modern optical engineering has been considerable. The paper discusses a wide variety of applications of diffractive surfaces in the infrared and visible wavebands. Successful developments in low mass and multi-waveband infrared optics are described and results presented from manufactured hardware. The use in the visible waveband for real-time 3-D imagery, high power magnification of full colour displays, and possible use in diffractive-only helmet displays are examined for their potential. The limitation in the use of conventional diffractive surfaces for wide spectral bandwidth applications is described along with a method for alleviating this problem.

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Andrew P. Wood and Philip J. Rogers
"Diffractive optics in modern optical engineering", Proc. SPIE 5865, Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering, 58650B (August 18, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.624558; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.624558


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