The design of a kinoform by the use of simulated annealing is discussed. The simulated annealing process is applied to decrease the reconstruction noise and to adjust the phase distribution of the kinoform to the configuration of the recording device. A liquid-crystal spatial light modulator is used to display the kinoform. The reconstructed image of the optimized kinoform is found to be in good agreement with the computed image. Some experimental results obtained with a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator are presented. The phase quantization effect of the kinoform is discussed.
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