We have fabricated subwavelength diffractive optical elements with binary phase profiles for operation at 975 nm. The individual surface-relief features of the elements are smaller than the wavelength of light in the material. By modulating the size and spacing of the features we form artificial, gradient, effective index-ofrefraction surfaces. The blazed transmission gratings were designed with rigorous coupled-wave analysis and fabricated by direct-write electron-beam lithography and reactive ion-beam etching in GaAs. The gratings have minimum features 63 nm wide. Transmission measurements show 85% diffraction eff iciency into the f irst order.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics