OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 6339–6345

Pupil filters for generation of light sheets

Colin J. R. Sheppard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 6339-6345 (2013)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (934 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Pupil filters for cylindrical (two-dimensional) focusing with extended depth of field are investigated. An important application is in generating light sheets with uniform intensity. Filters for spherical (three-dimensional) focusing with a flat axial intensity, coupled with weak side lobes are also discussed.

© 2013 OSA

OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(110.6980) Imaging systems : Transforms
(350.6980) Other areas of optics : Transforms

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: November 29, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2013
Published: March 6, 2013

Colin J. R. Sheppard, "Pupil filters for generation of light sheets," Opt. Express 21, 6339-6345 (2013)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. A. H. Voie, D. H. Burns, and F. A. Spelman, “Orthogonal-plane fluorescence optical sectioning: three-dimensional imaging of macroscopic biological specimens,” J. Microsc.170(3), 229–236 (1993). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. E. Fuchs, J. S. Jaffe, R. A. Long, and F. Azam, “Thin laser light sheet microscope for microbial oceanography,” Opt. Express10(2), 145–154 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. J. Huisken, J. Swoger, F. Del Bene, J. Wittbrodt, and E. H. K. Stelzer, “Optical sectioning deep inside live embryos by selective plane illumination microscopy,” Science305(5686), 1007–1009 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. H.-U. Dodt, U. Leischner, A. Schierloh, N. Jährling, C. P. Mauch, K. Deininger, J. M. Deussing, M. Eder, W. Zieglgänsberger, and K. Becker, “Ultramicroscopy: three-dimensional visualization of neuronal networks in the whole mouse brain,” Nat. Methods4(4), 331–336 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. C. J. R. Sheppard and X. Mao, “Confocal microscopes with slit apertures,” J. Mod. Opt.35(7), 1169–1185 (1988). [CrossRef]
  6. R. Wolleschensky, B. Zimmermann, and M. Kempe, “High-speed confocal fluorescence imaging with a novel line scanning microscope,” J. Biomed. Opt.11(6), 064011 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. E. R. Dowski and W. T. Cathey, “Extended depth of field through wave-front coding,” Appl. Opt.34(11), 1859–1866 (1995). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. C. J. R. Sheppard and Z. S. Hegedus, “Axial behaviour of pupil plane filters,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A5(5), 643–647 (1988). [CrossRef]
  9. C. J. R. Sheppard, “Binary phase filters with a maximally-flat response,” Opt. Lett.36(8), 1386–1388 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. C. J. R. Sheppard and S. Mehta, “Three-level filter for increased depth of focus and Bessel beam generation,” Opt. Express20(25), 27212–27221 (2012). [PubMed]
  11. C. J. R. Sheppard and T. Wilson, “Gaussian-beam theory of lenses with annular aperture,” IEE J. Microwaves, Opt. Acoust.2(4), 105–112 (1978). [CrossRef]
  12. J. Durnin, J. J. Miceli, and J. H. Eberly, “Diffraction-free beams,” Phys. Rev. Lett.58(15), 1499–1501 (1987). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. F. Gori, G. Guattari, and C. Padovani, “Bessel-Gauss beams,” Opt. Commun.64(6), 491–495 (1987). [CrossRef]
  14. L. W. Casperson, D. G. Hall, and A. A. Tovar, “Sinusoidal-Gaussian beams in complex optical systems,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A14(12), 3341–3348 (1997). [CrossRef]
  15. C. J. R. Sheppard, “Cylindrical lenses; focusing & imaging: a review [invited],” Appl. Opt.52, 1–8 (2013).
  16. M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 6th ed. (Pergamon, 1993).
  17. Y. Li and E. Wolf, “Three-dimensional intensity distribution near the focus in systems of different Fresnel numbers,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A1(8), 801–808 (1984). [CrossRef]
  18. Y. Li, “Three-dimensional intensity distribution in low Fresnel number focusing systems,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A4(8), 1349–1353 (1987). [CrossRef]
  19. C. J. R. Sheppard and K. G. Larkin, “Focal shift, optical transfer function, and phase-space representations,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A17(4), 772–779 (2000). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. C. J. R. Sheppard and H. J. Matthews, “Imaging in high aperture optical systems,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A4(8), 1354–1360 (1987). [CrossRef]
  21. D. M. de Juana, J. E. Oti, V. F. Canales, and M. P. Cagigal, “Design of superresolving continuous phase filters,” Opt. Lett.28(8), 607–609 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  22. M. P. Cagigal, J. E. Oti, V. F. Canales, and P. J. Valle, “Analytical design of superresolving phase filters,” Opt. Commun.241(4-6), 249–253 (2004). [CrossRef]
  23. C. J. R. Sheppard, S. Ledesma, J. Campos, and J. C. Escalera, “Improved expressions for performance parameters for complex filters,” Opt. Lett.32, 1713–1715 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited