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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2001
  • pp: 789–791

Reflected image of a strongly focused spot

Lukas Novotny, Robert D. Grober, and Khaled Karrai  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 11, pp. 789-791 (2001)

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We describe the reflection of a strongly focused beam from an interface between two dielectric media. If the beam is incident from the optically denser medium, the image generated by the reflected light is strongly aberrated. This situation is encountered in high-resolution confocal microscopy and data sampling based on solid immersion lenses and oil immersion objectives. The origin of the observed aberrations lies in the nature of total internal reflection, for which there is a phase shift between incident and reflected waves. This phase shift displaces the apparent reflection point beyond the interface, similarly to the Goos–Hänchen shift.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics

Lukas Novotny, Robert D. Grober, and Khaled Karrai, "Reflected image of a strongly focused spot," Opt. Lett. 26, 789-791 (2001)

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