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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 1996
  • pp: 501–503

Direct reconstruction of surfaces from near-field intensity under spatially incoherent illumination

Rémi Carminati, Jean-Jacques Greffet, N. García, and M. Nieto-Vesperinas  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 501-503 (1996)

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We solve the inverse scattering problem for a surface profile by measuring the intensity of the scattered near field. It was shown numerically [Opt. Lett. 20, 949 (1995)] that the image produced by the superposition of different images taken with all possible angles of incidence closely follows the surface profile. We establish a rigorous analysis of this method based on perturbation theory. Furthermore, we prove that the procedure is equivalent to illuminating the surface with incoherent light and thus has broad experimental applications.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 23, 1995
Published: April 1, 1996

Rémi Carminati, N. García, M. Nieto-Vesperinas, and Jean-Jacques Greffet, "Direct reconstruction of surfaces from near-field intensity under spatially incoherent illumination," Opt. Lett. 21, 501-503 (1996)

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