Abstract

We propose a novel method for the design of binary two-level diffractive optical elements that provide an efficient diffractive function while reducing the reflectivity of a high-index interface. The structure can be fabricated with a single patterning step and is particularly useful for the mid-infrared spectral range. The concept is based on zero-order transmission gratings using subwavelength microstructures. To demonstrate the concept a Dammann grating has been realized in silicon and characterized in the mid-infrared by scanning the far-field intensity distribution.

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