It is demonstrated that the ultimate physical limit of resolution of novel imaging devices based on arrays of metallic rods is determined by the skin depth of the metal. Our theoretical and numerical results show that wire medium lenses may provide a unique solution for subwavelength imaging at frequencies up to the terahertz range and may enable image formation at a significant distance from the source plane.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 25, 2008
Published: July 29, 2008
Vol. 3, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Mário G. Silveirinha, Pavel A. Belov, and Constantin R. Simovski, "Ultimate limit of resolution of subwavelength imaging devices formed by metallic rods," Opt. Lett. 33, 1726-1728 (2008)