Abstract

We have designed, fabricated, and tested an amplitude diffractive optical element for generation of two-dimensional (2D) Airy beams. The design is based on a detour-phase computer-generated hologram. Using laser ablation of metallic films, we obtained a 2  mm×2  mm diffractive optical element with a pixel of 5  μm×5  μm and demonstrated a fast, cheap, and reliable fabrication process. This device can modulate 2D Airy beams or it can be used as a UV lithography mask to fabricate a series of phase holograms for higher energy efficiency. Tests according to the premise and an analysis of the transverse profile and propagation are presented.

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