## Abstract

The problem of designing a diffractive optical element (DOE) that produces a uniform-intensity beam from a spatially variable source is considered. Under the thin-lens approximation, the DOE is fully characterized by a phase function. Fresnel approximation is used to simplify the relationship between the input amplitude, the phase function, and the image intensity. The case where the light source has partial coherence is considered. A simple design procedure based on a lenslet array is proposed. It is shown that under certain physical assumptions, this 'engineering' solution leads to an effective design capable of producing a uniform intensity from a time-varying, non-uniform source.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 189-199 |

Number of pages | 11 |

Journal | Journal of Engineering Mathematics |

Volume | 43 |

Issue number | 2-4 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Aug 1 2002 |

## Keywords

- Approximate method
- Design procedure
- Diffractive optics
- Optical homogenizer