A multi-wavelength expansion of the Gerchberg-Saxton (GS) algorithm is developed to design and optimize a surface relief Diffractive Optical Element (DOE). The DOE simultaneously diffracts distinct wavelength bands into separate target regions. A description of the algorithm is provided, and parameters that affect filter performance are examined. Performance is based on the spectral power collected within specified regions on a receiver plane. The modified GS algorithm is used to design spectrum splitting optics for CdSe and Si photovoltaic (PV) cells. The DOE has average optical efficiency of 87.5% over the spectral bands of interest (400-710 nm and 710-1100 nm). Simulated PV conversion efficiency is 37.7%, which is 29.3% higher than the efficiency of the better performing PV cell without spectrum splitting optics.
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