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Journal of Nanophotonics

Three-dimensional point spread function of multilayered flat lenses and its application to extreme subwavelength resolution
Author(s): Carlos J. Zapata-Rodriguez; David Pastor Calle; Vincente Camps; Maria T. Caballero; Juan J, Miret
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Paper Abstract

The three-dimensional (3D) point spread function (PSF) of multilayered flat lenses was proposed in order to characterize the diffractive behavior of these subwavelength image formers. We computed the polarization-dependent scalar 3D PSF for a wide range of slab widths and for different dissipative metamaterials. In terms similar to the Rayleigh criterion we determined unambiguously the limit of resolution featuring this type of image-forming device. We investigated the significant reduction of the limit of resolution by increasing the number of layers, which may drop nearly 1 order of magnitude. However, this super-resolving effect is obtained in detriment of reducing the depth of field. Limitations exist on the formation of 3D images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2011
PDF: 9 pages
J. Nanophoton. 5(1) 051807 doi: 10.1117/1.3590244
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 5, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Carlos J. Zapata-Rodriguez, Univ. de València (Spain)
David Pastor Calle, Univ. de València (Spain)
Vincente Camps, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Maria T. Caballero, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Juan J, Miret, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)

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