The design of diffractive optical elements that incorporate several optical functions in a single element is discussed. The technique used involves iterative optimization. A previous paper is continued, in which initial results with few sampling points were reported. Here new results that involve a large number of sampling points are reported. Because the algorithm is computationally intensive with a large number of data points, the parallel implementation of the algorithm on a MASPAR machine is described. MASPAR is a single-instruction multiple-data machine with 16,384 processors. The computer simulations discussed involve simultaneous wavelength demultiplexing, focusing, and the filtering out of a particular wavelength component. It is shown that satisfactory designs of diffractive optical elements can be achieved by the assignment of only a small number of sampling points on the output plane that adequately specify what is required at each wavelength.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
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