Hybrid diffractive-refractive ultra-wide-angle eyepieces

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Two kinds of hybrid diffractive-refractive ultra-wide-angle (70°) eyepieces are designed which are with considerably reduced apparent size and weight and with comparable or improved aberrations as compared with the conventional refractive countertype. The designing strategy including the consideration and the steps of the optimization, the most important specification of the diffractive efficiency, and the manufacture issues is presented. The structures and the performance merits of the designed systems are given in a comparison of the traditional Scidmore eyepiece. The designed eyepieces have potential applications in various kinds of modern head-mounted displays.

Keywords: Hybrid diffractive-refractive system; computer-aided optical design; head-mounted display

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1078/003040202400426986

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071,China 2: State Key Lab. of Applied Optics, Changchun Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 3: School of Science & Engineering, University of Abertay Dundee, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG, U.K

Publication date: July 1, 2002

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