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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 2455–2458

Evanescent-wave-induced frequency shift for optical superresolution imaging

Xiang Hao, Cuifang Kuang, Yanghui Li, and Xu Liu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 14, pp. 2455-2458 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.002455


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Abstract

We propose a method to enhance the resolution and break the diffraction limit. The superresolution imaging is realized by incorporating total internal reflection (TIR) illumination with a passive spatial frequency shift mechanism. Meanwhile, TIR supplies a surface field with a limited penetration depth, which demonstrates that the axial resolution can be improved simultaneously. The superresolution capability is confirmed both theoretically and experimentally. Compared with microfiber-based former work, this idea possesses promising merits, providing a wider viewing field and a simpler configuration for variable illumination orientations, thereby implying abundant application potentials.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(350.5730) Other areas of optics : Resolution
(110.2945) Imaging systems : Illumination design

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: May 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 2013
Published: July 9, 2013

Virtual Issues
Vol. 8, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Xiang Hao, Cuifang Kuang, Yanghui Li, and Xu Liu, "Evanescent-wave-induced frequency shift for optical superresolution imaging," Opt. Lett. 38, 2455-2458 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-14-2455


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