A method for optimal design of a multilayer diffractive optical element (MLDOE) for dual-wide-waveband optical systems is presented with consideration of polychromatic integral diffraction efficiency (PIDE) and the weight factors of PIDE for each waveband. The design process and simulation of a MLDOE in mid-wave and long-wave IR are described, and the comparison of diffraction efficiency of the MLDOEs for different design wavelength pairs determined by different methods is given. This method can make the design process more rational and more reasonable and can give a better design result than that with the conventional design method.
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