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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2004
  • pp: 1869–1874

Transverse or axial superresolution with radial birefringent filter

Maojin Yun, Liren Liu, Jianfeng Sun, and De’an Liu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 1869-1874 (2004)

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The superresolution technique is well known for its ability to compress the central diffraction spot to a size that is smaller than the Airy diffraction spot. The radial birefringent filter, which consists of two parallel polarizers and a rotationally symmetric birefringent element, is introduced into the superresolution technology, and the pupil function of it is deduced. It is shown that such a filter can be adapted either for transverse superresolution or for axial superresolution simply by changing the angle between either of the two polarizers and the radial birefringent element. At the same time the superresolution parameters are discussed. The filter is relatively simple in construction as it requires no phase changes, and low-cost replication is possible.

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OCIS Codes
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(100.6640) Image processing : Superresolution
(120.2440) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Filters
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Original Manuscript: January 8, 2004
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2004
Published: October 1, 2004

Maojin Yun, Liren Liu, Jianfeng Sun, and De’an Liu, "Transverse or axial superresolution with radial birefringent filter," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 1869-1874 (2004)

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