Abstract

In many highly resolved optical systems the resolution is limited not by the optics but by the CCD’s nonzero pixel size. As a result, overall resolution is decreased. Here we propose a novel approach to enhancing resolution beyond the limit set by the CCD’s pixels. This method does not involve additional mechanical elements, such as those used for microscans. In this scheme neither the CCD nor additional elements are moved. The geometric superresolving procedure is based on code-division multiplexing, with all its inherent benefits, such as relative noise immunity to single-tone interference. A setup is proposed for coherent and incoherent illumination, with slight modifications for the latter. A theoretical analysis of the setup is presented and compared with empirical results. This scheme is shown to enhance one-dimensional image resolution with the use of only a simple mask that doubles image resolution. This method can easily be expanded to two-dimensional images and to resolution-enhancement factors greater than 2.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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