Abstract

Distributions of wave fields in three-dimensional domains are analyzed, synthesized, and generated experimentally. Fundamental limits are discussed and sampling conditions are derived for their generation, with use of a single diffractive element. A general design procedure, based on optimization algorithms, is developed and implemented. Experimental results show that special three-dimensional light distributions can be achieved with low-information-content elements in on-axis configurations.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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