In order to verify the performance of the two-stage iterative Fourier transform algorithm[Hankook Kwanghak Hoeji 11, 47 (2000)], a number of phase-only diffractive pattern elements which produce simple 16x16-pixel intensity patterns useful in the field of optical information processing have been designed and their performance has been compared with that from the nonlinear least-squares algorithm[Appl. Opt. 36, 7297(1977)] which is computationally intensive. for all intensity patterns, elements designed by the former algorithm show better overall signal-to noise ratio and uniformity, although they show essentially the same diffraction efficiency. In the case of continuous phase elements, they show far superior uniformity. Computationally,. the former algorithm is far more efficient than the latter.
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