Superresolution far-field imaging of complex objects using reduced superoscillating ripples


Xiao Han Dong and Alex M. H. Wong and Minseok Kim and George V. Eleftheriades


“Superoscillation is a phenomenon where a wave oscillates locally faster than its highest Fourier component. While previous reports have shown attractive possibilities for a superoscillation-based far-field superresolution imaging device, it has also been recognized that a high-energy “sideband” region coexists with the superresolution features. This sideband causes strong restrictions and necessitates trade-offs in achievable resolution, viewing area, and sensitivity of the imaging device. In this work, we introduce a new class of superoscillation waveform—which consists of a diffraction-limited hotspot surrounded by low-energy superoscillating sidelobe ripples. This waveform alleviates the aforementioned trade-off and enables superresolution imaging for complex objects over a larger viewing area while maintaining a practical level of sensitivity. Using this waveform as the point spread function of an imaging system, we demonstrate the successful superresolution of Latin letters without performing scanning and/or post-processing operations.”

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Publication: Optica

Issue/Year/DOI: Optica, Vol. 4, Issue 9, pp. 1126-1133 (2017)
DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.4.001126