High-harmonic diffractive lens color compensation

Zichan Wang, Youngsik Kim, Tom D. Milster

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Large diameter, high-harmonic diffractive lenses could find applications in future space telescopes. Residual chromatic aberrations from these lenses can cause significant blurring. Solutions to reduce chromatic dispersion and other aberrations to diffraction-limited performance are discussed.Adesign example based on a 240-mm-diameter, 1-m focal length multi-order diffractive engineered lens operating over the astronomical R-Band (589-727 nm) is presented. The design example uses a relay subsystem with four times smaller diameter than the primary. This color corrector includes both refractive and diffractive optical elements and reduces the longitudinal chromatic aberrations by more than a factor of 30 compared to the primary lens alone, while maintaining the effective focal length and numerical aperture of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)D73-D82
JournalApplied optics
Issue number19
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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