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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1829–1831

Experimental far-field imaging properties of a ~5-μm diameter spherical lens

Ran Ye, Yong-Hong Ye, Hui Feng Ma, Jun Ma, Bin Wang, Jie Yao, Shuai Liu, Lingling Cao, Huanhuan Xu, and Jia-Yu Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 11, pp. 1829-1831 (2013)

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Microscale lenses are mostly used as near-sighted lenses. The far-field imaging properties of a microscale spherical lens, where the lens is spatially separated from the object, are experimentally studied. Our experimental results show that, for a blu-ray disc (an object) whose spacing is 300 nm, the lens can magnify the stripe patterns of the disc when the lens is spatially separated from the object. In the experimentally tested range (0–14 μm), all the magnified images are virtual images. When the distance is increased from 0 to 14 μm the magnification decreases from 1.47× to 1.20× and the field of view increases from 3.8 to 12.2 μm. The image magnification cannot be described by standard geometrical optics.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: December 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 3, 2013
Published: May 21, 2013

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Ran Ye, Yong-Hong Ye, Hui Feng Ma, Jun Ma, Bin Wang, Jie Yao, Shuai Liu, Lingling Cao, Huanhuan Xu, and Jia-Yu Zhang, "Experimental far-field imaging properties of a ~5-μm diameter spherical lens," Opt. Lett. 38, 1829-1831 (2013)

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