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Appl Opt. 2004 Nov 10;43(32):5947-54.

Design of two-dimensional polarization-selective diffractive optical elements with form-birefringent microstructures.

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  • 1Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Catholic University of America, 201 Pangborn Hall, Washington, D.C. 20064, USA.


We describe a design methodology for synthesizing polarization-sensitive diffractive optical elements based on two-dimensional form-birefringent microstructures. Our technique yields a single binary element capable of producing independent phase transformations for horizontally and vertically polarized illumination. We designed two elements for operation at 10.6 microm and fabricated them in silicon. Qualitative experimental results agree with design predictions.

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