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Appl Opt. 1995 Mar 10;34(8):1314-20. doi: 10.1364/AO.34.001314.

Diffractive phase elements for beam shaping: a new design method.


A design method based on the Yang-Gu algorithm [Appl. Opt. 33, 209 (1994)] is proposed for computing the phase distributions of an optical system composed of diffractive phase elements that achieve beam shaping with a high transfer efficiency in energy. Simulation computations are detailed for rotationally symmetric beam shaping in which a laser beam with a radially symmetric Gaussian intensity distribution is converted into a uniform beam with a circular region of support. To present a comparison of the efficiency and the performance of the designed diffractive phase elements by use of the geometrical transformation technique, the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm and the Yang-Gu algorithm for beam shaping, we carry out in detail simulation calculations for a specific one-dimensional beam-shaping example.

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