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17 September 2018 Optimization of aspheric geometric-phase lenses for improved field-of-view
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In optical thin-films and surfaces, geometric phase is utilized to control the phase beyond that possible through optical path differences. Geometric-phase lenses, which are significantly thinner than refractive lenses for the same numerical aperture (NA), most commonly use a spherical phase profile. This is especially effective for normally incident light, but like other thin lenses, the performance degrades noticeably for off-axis incidence and wider fields-of-view. In this study, we investigate whether or not various aspheric designs provide better off-axis performance. We simulate aspheric singlet and doublet liquid crystal geometric-phase lenses (24.5 mm diameter, 40 mm back focal length at 633 nm), aiming to optimize spot size performance at 0, 3, and 7 degrees field angles, using Zemax OpticStudio 16.5. By using Zernike fringe phase expansions, we find conditions which provide improved off-axis performance. We demonstrate improved performance of a compact lens system utilizing these polarization-dependent optics.
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Kathryn J. Hornburg, Xiao Xiang, Michael W. Kudenov, and Michael J. Escuti "Optimization of aspheric geometric-phase lenses for improved field-of-view ", Proc. SPIE 10743, Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions X, 1074305 (17 September 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2322326
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