Abstract

Strongly magnified images of a periodic object can be obtained by using the Talbot effect. Two particular advantages are simplicity and compactness of the setup even for a high magnification ratio. First we recall the principle of self-imaging and the basic results derived by Rayleigh. These results were obtained from simplifying assumptions, which we show to be particularly unrealistic for high magnification ratios. A possibly more accurate and nevertheless practical approach is proposed.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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