Imaging Components, Systems, and Processing

Experimental implementation of a virtual optical beam propagator system based on a Fresnel diffraction algorithm

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Jeffrey A. Davis, Don M. Cottrell, Cassidy A. Berg, Christopher Li Freeman, Adriana Carmona, William Debenham

San Diego State University, Department of Physics, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, California 92182-1233, United States

Ignacio Moreno

Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, Óptica y Tecnología Electrónica, Avda. Universidad s/n, 03202 Elche, Spain

Opt. Eng. 54(10), 103101 (Oct 05, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.OE.54.10.103101
History: Received March 12, 2015; Accepted August 31, 2015
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Abstract.  We describe the experimental implementation of a virtual optical beam propagator system. This virtual propagator system allows the experimental study of beam propagation without physically moving any element. The approach uses a Fresnel diffraction algorithm (usually called the angular spectrum method) and its implementation on a spatial light modulator. We discuss the limits of the technique and provide a detailed description of the experimental procedures. Experimental results are included where we design a hologram capable of producing two patterns at two different distances, and we can change the effective plane of observation by changing the encoded propagation instead of by moving any element on the experimental system.

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Jeffrey A. Davis ; Ignacio Moreno ; Don M. Cottrell ; Cassidy A. Berg ; Christopher Li Freeman, et al.
"Experimental implementation of a virtual optical beam propagator system based on a Fresnel diffraction algorithm", Opt. Eng. 54(10), 103101 (Oct 05, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.54.10.103101


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