Reduction of the volume and mass of an imaging system would be advantageous in a variety of applications. However, the far-field resolution of any such system is fundamentally limited by aperture size. We present a new imaging modality based on waveguide coupling that is completely confined to a two-dimensional surface. One such imaging skin was shown to have the same resolution as a 0.5 cm diameter lens while maintaining an imaging system depth of a few micrometers.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2012
Published: July 10, 2012
Jordan Burch, Ying Wan, Junying Zhang, Terry Smith, and James Leger, "Imaging skins: an imaging modality with ultra-thin form factor," Opt. Lett. 37, 2856-2858 (2012)