Replication technology enables Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) to be mass produced at low cost and is a major factor in their use in consumer products. They can also provide superior performance, size and weight compared with classical optical elements. New design approaches and fabrication technologies have led to a rapid increase in the acceptance of these optical elements in commercial products. The paper will discuss the advantages of replicated DOEs and give examples of applications in products currently on the market.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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