Abstract

We compare the performances in terms of confinement and depth of field of spherical and conical optics. It turns out that, if the spherical optics is adapted to the usual parallel imaging, conical optics seems to be the optimized solution for systems based on scanning (sequential imaging). It is shown that the optimized confinement capability of conical optics is due to the ability of conical components to generate a single Bessel beam with high efficiency. The calculations are based on Weyl formulas.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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