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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2014
  • pp: 18688–18697

Feasibility of resonant metalens for the subwavelength imaging using a single sensor in the far field

Lianlin Li, Fang Li, and Tie Jun Cui  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 15, pp. 18688-18697 (2014)

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This paper investigates the feasibility of the resonant metalens for the imaging beyond the diffraction limit using a single sensor in the far-field. It is shown that the resonant metalens can be related to the super-resonance phenomenon. We demonstrate that the super-resonance supports the enhancement of the information capacity of an imaging system, which is responsible for the subwavelength imaging of the probed objects by using a single sensor in combination with a broadband illumination. Such imaging concept has its unique advantage of producing real-time data when an object is illuminated by broadband waves, without the harsh requirements such as near-field scanning, mechanical scanning, or antenna arrays. The proposed method is expected to find its applications in nanolithography, detection, sensing, and subwavelength imaging in the near future.

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OCIS Codes
(290.3200) Scattering : Inverse scattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(100.3200) Image processing : Inverse scattering

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Original Manuscript: June 11, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2014
Published: July 25, 2014

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Lianlin Li, Fang Li, and Tie Jun Cui, "Feasibility of resonant metalens for the subwavelength imaging using a single sensor in the far field," Opt. Express 22, 18688-18697 (2014)

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