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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 9 — Sep. 26, 2007

Solid immersion axicon: maximizing nondiffracting or Bessel beam resolution

Ilya Golub  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 15, pp. 2161-2163 (2007)

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A new type of optical configuration—a solid immersion axicon (SIAX)—is proposed. Similar to a solid immersion lens for Gaussian beams, a SIAX increases the diffraction-limited resolution for propagating Bessel beams by a factor of the refractive index of the media. For incident radial polarization, the scheme generates the smallest focal spot available for nondiffracting beams. The configuration can be implemented with either refractive or diffractive axicons. The scheme may find use in microscopy, imaging, lithography and data storage, and other applications requiring nondiffracting beam characteristic features such as very large focal depth.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(100.6640) Image processing : Superresolution
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.2560) Optical design and fabrication : Propagating methods

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: April 24, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2007
Published: July 23, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ilya Golub, "Solid immersion axicon: maximizing nondiffracting or Bessel beam resolution," Opt. Lett. 32, 2161-2163 (2007)

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