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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 33, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 1994
  • pp: 631–640

Confocal imaging of a stratified medium

Colin J. R. Sheppard, T. John Connolly, Jin Lee, and Carol J. Cogswell  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 631-640 (1994)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.33.000631


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Abstract

The confocal imaging of stratified media (for example, thin-film structures) is investigated. A simple model is introduced for the imaging of a single layer in order to explore the axial resolution attainable. A rigorous model is also described and compared with experimental results from thin surface films. A theoretical treatment of imaging of stratified media with a continuously varying refractive index is presented, and the inverse problem of reconstructing the refractive-index profile from a confocal image is discussed.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 6, 1993
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 1993
Published: February 1, 1994

Citation
Colin J. R. Sheppard, T. John Connolly, Jin Lee, and Carol J. Cogswell, "Confocal imaging of a stratified medium," Appl. Opt. 33, 631-640 (1994)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-33-4-631

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