Abstract

It is now well established in principle that superresolving optical systems can be made. Such systems, when viewing objects of finite extent, can resolve detail finer than the normal diffraction limit. This has obvious attractions for microscopy, but we may wonder whether the ultimate diffraction limit for a lens of large numerical aperture, the limit which counts in microscopy, can be beaten. Can detail smaller than one half the wavelength of light really be made visible? It can be, but only in specialized and probably limited applications.

© 1967 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Extending resolution of scanning optical microscopy beyond the Abbe limit through the assistance of InSb thin layers

Chenliang Ding, Jingsong Wei, Qisong Li, Xin Liang, and Tao Wei
Opt. Lett. 41(7) 1550-1553 (2016)

Quantum limits of superresolution for imaging discrete subwavelength structures

Mikhail I. Kolobov
Opt. Express 16(1) 58-66 (2008)

Imaging interferometric microscopy–approaching the linear systems limits of optical resolution

Yuliya Kuznetsova, Alexander Neumann, and S. R. J. Brueck
Opt. Express 15(11) 6651-6663 (2007)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription