14 May 2013 Improving deep subwavelength imaging through terminal interface design of metallo-dielectric multilayered stacks
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J. of Nanophotonics, 7(1), 073091 (2013). doi:10.1117/1.JNP.7.073091
Abstract
Symmetric metallo-dielectric multilayered stacks (MDMS) are investigated to improve the spatial resolution of subwavelength imaging operated in canalization regime. Simulation results revealed that subwavelength imaging capability is very sensitive to the thickness and material of the MDMS terminal layers. Furthermore, the coupling and decoupling of the Bloch modes in MDMS, between the object and image space, strongly depend on the terminal layer parameters which can be tuned to achieve the optimal imaging improvement. In contrast to metal-dielectric periodic MDMS, using MDMS with the developed symmetric surface termination, subwavelength imaging with optimal intensity throughput and improved field spatial resolution (∼20.4% ) can be obtained. Moreover, optical singularity, in the form of Poynting vector saddle point, has been found in the free space after lens exit for the two kinds of symmetric MDMS that exhibit improved superresolution imaging performance with 100% energy flux visibility. The improved subwavelength imaging capabilities, offered by this proposed termination design method, may find potential applications in the areas of biological imaging, sensing, and deep subwavelength lithography, and many others.
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Jigang Hu, Qiwen Zhan, Junxue Chen, Xiangxian Wang, Yonghua Lu, Hai Ming, "Improving deep subwavelength imaging through terminal interface design of metallo-dielectric multilayered stacks," Journal of Nanophotonics 7(1), 073091 (14 May 2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.7.073091
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Interfaces

Image quality

Imaging systems

Magnetism

Spatial resolution

Metals

Multilayers

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