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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1999
  • pp: 2880–2886

Generalized confocal imaging and synthetic aperture imaging

Emmett N. Leith, Kurt D. Mills, Patrick P. Naulleau, David S. Dilworth, Ignacio Iglesias, and Hsuan S. Chen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 2880-2886 (1999)

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Synthetic aperture imaging is treated as a confocal process. The point-spread function of the synthetic aperture process is narrower than that of conventional imaging by a factor of 0.5, whereas the conventional confocal process offers resolution improvement of a factor of 0.72. The resolution in the regime between conventional confocal and conventional synthetic aperture is explored by computer simulation. Also, experimental results are given.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(280.6730) Remote sensing and sensors : Synthetic aperture radar

Original Manuscript: March 1, 1999
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: July 19, 1999
Published: December 1, 1999

Emmett N. Leith, Kurt D. Mills, Patrick P. Naulleau, David S. Dilworth, Ignacio Iglesias, and Hsuan S. Chen, "Generalized confocal imaging and synthetic aperture imaging," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 2880-2886 (1999)

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