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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 15 — Jul. 23, 2007
  • pp: 9293–9307

Calculation of the image of an arbitrary vectorial electromagnetic field

P. R. T. Munro and P. Török  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 15, pp. 9293-9307 (2007)

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In order to rigorously calculate the image of a scattered field, it must be propagated into the far-field before vectorial focusing theory is applied. This approach may become difficult when, for example, the scattering object is embedded in a stratified medium, requiring calculation of the appropriate Green’s tensor. We present a method for calculating the image of an arbitrary vectorial field by decomposing the field into a superposition of magnetic-dipole waves. We show that this technique can significantly simplify the calculation of the image of arbitrary vectorial fields even when the field is known within a stratified medium. The technique is more computationally efficient than existing methods however we also show that the method retains accuracy.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 9, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2007
Published: July 13, 2007

P. R. T. Munro and P. Török, "Calculation of the image of an arbitrary vectorial electromagnetic field," Opt. Express 15, 9293-9307 (2007)

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