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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 7 — Apr. 5, 2004
  • pp: 1281–1293

Calculation of the vectorial field distribution in a stratified focal region of a high numerical aperture imaging system

A. S. van de Nes, L. Billy, S. F. Pereira, and J. J. M. Braat  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 7, pp. 1281-1293 (2004)

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We present an algorithm for calculating the field distribution in the focal region of stratified media which is fast and easy to implement. Using this algorithm we study the effect on the electric field distribution of an air gap separating a solid immersion lens and a sample, where we analyse the maximum distance for out-of-contact operation. Also, we study how the presence of a metallic substrate affects the field distribution in the focal region; the interference effects of the reflected field could be used as an alternative for 4Pi-microscopy.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: February 17, 2004
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2004
Published: April 5, 2004

A. van de Nes, L. Billy, S. Pereira, and J. Braat, "Calculation of the vectorial field distribution in a stratified focal region of a high numerical aperture imaging system," Opt. Express 12, 1281-1293 (2004)

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