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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2012
  • pp: 5027–5029

Imaging of reflective surfaces by near-field optics

Gang Bao and Junshan Lin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 24, pp. 5027-5029 (2012)

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We consider an imaging problem that aims to identify the profile of a reflective surface by the scattered wave measured in the near field. Potential applications include nondestructive detection of micro devices, subwavelength imaging techniques in nano-optics. When the height of the imaging target is small, the connection between the localized evanescent wave modes of the measurement and the high spatial frequency components of the structure is characterized explicitly, which leads to a natural reconstruction method with super resolution images. A novel multiple frequency approach is also presented that captures both the main features as well as the fine details of the structure.

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OCIS Codes
(100.3190) Image processing : Inverse problems
(100.3200) Image processing : Inverse scattering

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: August 31, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2012
Published: December 4, 2012

Gang Bao and Junshan Lin, "Imaging of reflective surfaces by near-field optics," Opt. Lett. 37, 5027-5029 (2012)

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