Abstract

We suggest a new approach to the fabrication of detour-phase holograms. By combining the concept of the detour phase with highly efficient carrier gratings it is possible to overcome the major drawback of detour-phase holograms, i.e., their low efficiency. We call the new hologram type a kinoform detour-phase hologram (KDPH). KDPH’s facilitate the implementation of diffractive elements with high phase complexity. Especially if off-axis reconstruction is desired, the number of degrees of freedom for the design of the phase component is increased significantly.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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