Computer Design of Diffractive Optics


  • V A Soifer, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Diffractive optics involves the manipulation of light using diffractive optical elements (DOEs). DOEs are being widely applied in such areas as telecommunications, electronics, laser technologies and biomedical engineering. Computer design of diffractive optics provides an authoritative guide to the principles and applications of computer-designed diffractive optics.

The theoretical aspects underpinning diffractive optics are initially explored, including the main equations in diffraction theory and diffractive optical transformations. Application of electromagnetic field theory for calculating diffractive gratings and related methods in micro-optics are discussed, as is analysis of transverse modes of laser radiation and the formation of self-replicating multimode laser beams. Key applications of DOEs reviewed include geometrical optics approximation, scalar approximation and optical manipulation of micro objects, with additional consideration of multi-order DOEs and synthesis of DOEs on polycrystalline diamond films.

With its distinguished editor and respected team of expert contributors, Computer design of diffractive optics is a comprehensive reference tool for professionals and academics working in the field of optical engineering and photonics.
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Professionals and academics working in the field of optical engineering and photonics.


Book information

  • Published: November 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-635-1

Table of Contents

Main equations of diffraction theory; Diffractive optical transformations; Calculation of diffractive optical elements (DOE) in the geometrical optics approximation; Calculation of DOE in the scalar approximation of diffraction theory; Multi-order DOE; Calculations of diffraction gratings in electromagnetic theory; Electromagnetic calculations of micro-optics elements; Analysis of transverse laser radiation modes; Formation of self-reproducing multi-mode laser beams; Optical handling of micro-objects using DOE; Synthesis of DOE on diamond polycrystalline films. Appendix: Nanophotonics and diffractive computer optics.