A new class of superresolution pairs of pupil filters for three-dimensional, two-pupil confocal imaging is proposed. A distinctive feature of these filters is the asymmetry of their impulse response. For synthesizing the amplitude transmittance of such filters the Fourier transform properties of Hermitian functions are employed. It is shown that, with simple phase-only filters that belong to the class in question, either axial or unidirectional lateral superresolution is achieved.
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Marek Kowalczyk, Carlos Javier Zapata-Rodríguez, and Manuel Martínez-Corral, "Asymmetric Apodization in Confocal Scanning Systems," Appl. Opt. 37, 8206-8214 (1998)