Abstract

<p>A new theorem on the ultimate limit of performance of optical systems is established: Not the bandwidth of the transferred spatial frequencies but only the number of degrees of freedom of the optical message transmitted by a given optical system is invariant. It is therefore possible (a) to extend the bandwidth by reducing the object area, (b) to extend the bandwidth in the x direction while proportionally reducing it in the y direction, so that the two-dimensional bandwidth is constant, and (c) to double the bandwidth when transmitting information about one state of polarization only.</p><p>To achieve this, the optical systems are modified by inserting two suitable masks (generally gratings) into optically conjugate planes of object and image space. The transfer and spread function of the modified systems are calculated for the case of coherent illumination.</p>

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  2. A. Lohmann, Opt. Acta 3, 97 (1956); W. Gärtner and A. Lohmann, Z. Physik 174, 18 (1963); A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, Appl. Opt. 3, 1037 (1965).
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  11. D. M. MacKay, Inform. Control 1, 148 (1958).
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  15. If only one mask is inserted into object space a moiré pattern produced by object and mask appears in the image plane. The experiments of Blanc-Lapierre el al. [A. Blanc-Lapierre, M. Perot, and G. Peri, Compt. Rend. 236, 1540 (1953)] and Wolter [H. Wolter, Physica 24, 457 (1958); 26, 75 (1960); Opt. Acta 7, 53 (1960)] {cf. also Herzberger [M. Herzberger, Optik 22, 645 (1965)]) and the similar electron-microscopic investigations of crystal lattices and their defects [J. W. Menter, Advan. Phys. 7, 299 (1958)] show that it is possible—if some a priori knowledge about the object exists—to obtain information about structures "unresolvable" by the same system used with uniform illumination. The reason is, that the moiré pattern contains the spatial difference and sum frequencies of the spatial frequencies of the object and the mask. But this appearance of spatial frequencies not existing in the object shows that the imaging is not space invariant. This makes the evaluation rather complicated [A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1007 (1965)].
  16. M. A. Grimm and A. W. Lohmann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 600A (1965); 56, 1151 (1966).

Blanc-Lapierre, A.

If only one mask is inserted into object space a moiré pattern produced by object and mask appears in the image plane. The experiments of Blanc-Lapierre el al. [A. Blanc-Lapierre, M. Perot, and G. Peri, Compt. Rend. 236, 1540 (1953)] and Wolter [H. Wolter, Physica 24, 457 (1958); 26, 75 (1960); Opt. Acta 7, 53 (1960)] {cf. also Herzberger [M. Herzberger, Optik 22, 645 (1965)]) and the similar electron-microscopic investigations of crystal lattices and their defects [J. W. Menter, Advan. Phys. 7, 299 (1958)] show that it is possible—if some a priori knowledge about the object exists—to obtain information about structures "unresolvable" by the same system used with uniform illumination. The reason is, that the moiré pattern contains the spatial difference and sum frequencies of the spatial frequencies of the object and the mask. But this appearance of spatial frequencies not existing in the object shows that the imaging is not space invariant. This makes the evaluation rather complicated [A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1007 (1965)].

Born, M.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon Press, New York and London, 1959), pp. 381, 480.

Brillouin, L.

L. Brillouin, Science awnd Information Theory (Academic Press Inc., New York, 1956), Ch. 8.

di Francia, G. Toraldo

G. Toraldo di Francia, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 497 (1955).

G. Toraldo di Francia, Rev. Opt. 28, 597 (1949).

Gabor, D.

D. Gabor, Progress in Optics, Vol. I, E. Wolf, Ed. (North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1961), p. 109.

D. Gabor, in Astronomical Optics, Zdenek Kopal, Ed. (North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1956), p. 17.

Gamo, H.

H. Gamo, in Progress in Optics, Vol. III, E. Wolf, Ed. North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1964), p. 202.

Grimm, M. A.

M. A. Grimm and A. W. Lohmann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 600A (1965); 56, 1151 (1966).

Lohmann, A.

A. Lohmann and H. Wegener, Z. Physik 143, 431 (1955).

A. Lohmann, Opt. Acta 3, 97 (1956); W. Gärtner and A. Lohmann, Z. Physik 174, 18 (1963); A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, Appl. Opt. 3, 1037 (1965).

Lohmann, A. W.

M. A. Grimm and A. W. Lohmann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 600A (1965); 56, 1151 (1966).

Lukosz, W.

W. Lukosz, Z. Naturforsch. 18a, 436 (1963); W. Lukosz and M. Marchand, Opt. Acta. 10, 241 (1963).

MacKay, D. M.

D. M. MacKay, Inform. Control 1, 148 (1958).

Miyamoto, K.

K. Miyamoto, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 50, 856 (1960; 51, 910 (1961).

Peri, G.

If only one mask is inserted into object space a moiré pattern produced by object and mask appears in the image plane. The experiments of Blanc-Lapierre el al. [A. Blanc-Lapierre, M. Perot, and G. Peri, Compt. Rend. 236, 1540 (1953)] and Wolter [H. Wolter, Physica 24, 457 (1958); 26, 75 (1960); Opt. Acta 7, 53 (1960)] {cf. also Herzberger [M. Herzberger, Optik 22, 645 (1965)]) and the similar electron-microscopic investigations of crystal lattices and their defects [J. W. Menter, Advan. Phys. 7, 299 (1958)] show that it is possible—if some a priori knowledge about the object exists—to obtain information about structures "unresolvable" by the same system used with uniform illumination. The reason is, that the moiré pattern contains the spatial difference and sum frequencies of the spatial frequencies of the object and the mask. But this appearance of spatial frequencies not existing in the object shows that the imaging is not space invariant. This makes the evaluation rather complicated [A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1007 (1965)].

Perot, M.

If only one mask is inserted into object space a moiré pattern produced by object and mask appears in the image plane. The experiments of Blanc-Lapierre el al. [A. Blanc-Lapierre, M. Perot, and G. Peri, Compt. Rend. 236, 1540 (1953)] and Wolter [H. Wolter, Physica 24, 457 (1958); 26, 75 (1960); Opt. Acta 7, 53 (1960)] {cf. also Herzberger [M. Herzberger, Optik 22, 645 (1965)]) and the similar electron-microscopic investigations of crystal lattices and their defects [J. W. Menter, Advan. Phys. 7, 299 (1958)] show that it is possible—if some a priori knowledge about the object exists—to obtain information about structures "unresolvable" by the same system used with uniform illumination. The reason is, that the moiré pattern contains the spatial difference and sum frequencies of the spatial frequencies of the object and the mask. But this appearance of spatial frequencies not existing in the object shows that the imaging is not space invariant. This makes the evaluation rather complicated [A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1007 (1965)].

von Laue, M.

M. von Laue, Ann. Physik 44, 1197 (1914).

Wegener, H.

A. Lohmann and H. Wegener, Z. Physik 143, 431 (1955).

Wolf, E.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon Press, New York and London, 1959), pp. 381, 480.

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M. von Laue, Ann. Physik 44, 1197 (1914).

A. Lohmann, Opt. Acta 3, 97 (1956); W. Gärtner and A. Lohmann, Z. Physik 174, 18 (1963); A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, Appl. Opt. 3, 1037 (1965).

W. Lukosz, Z. Naturforsch. 18a, 436 (1963); W. Lukosz and M. Marchand, Opt. Acta. 10, 241 (1963).

Die Lehre von der Bildenltstehung im Mikroskop von E. Abbe, bearbeitet und herausgegeben von O. Lummer und F. Reiche (Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1910).

D. Gabor, Progress in Optics, Vol. I, E. Wolf, Ed. (North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1961), p. 109.

A. Lohmann and H. Wegener, Z. Physik 143, 431 (1955).

G. Toraldo di Francia, Rev. Opt. 28, 597 (1949).

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon Press, New York and London, 1959), pp. 381, 480.

D. Gabor, in Astronomical Optics, Zdenek Kopal, Ed. (North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1956), p. 17.

H. Gamo, in Progress in Optics, Vol. III, E. Wolf, Ed. North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1964), p. 202.

D. M. MacKay, Inform. Control 1, 148 (1958).

G. Toraldo di Francia, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 497 (1955).

K. Miyamoto, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 50, 856 (1960; 51, 910 (1961).

L. Brillouin, Science awnd Information Theory (Academic Press Inc., New York, 1956), Ch. 8.

If only one mask is inserted into object space a moiré pattern produced by object and mask appears in the image plane. The experiments of Blanc-Lapierre el al. [A. Blanc-Lapierre, M. Perot, and G. Peri, Compt. Rend. 236, 1540 (1953)] and Wolter [H. Wolter, Physica 24, 457 (1958); 26, 75 (1960); Opt. Acta 7, 53 (1960)] {cf. also Herzberger [M. Herzberger, Optik 22, 645 (1965)]) and the similar electron-microscopic investigations of crystal lattices and their defects [J. W. Menter, Advan. Phys. 7, 299 (1958)] show that it is possible—if some a priori knowledge about the object exists—to obtain information about structures "unresolvable" by the same system used with uniform illumination. The reason is, that the moiré pattern contains the spatial difference and sum frequencies of the spatial frequencies of the object and the mask. But this appearance of spatial frequencies not existing in the object shows that the imaging is not space invariant. This makes the evaluation rather complicated [A. W. Lohmann and D. P. Paris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1007 (1965)].

M. A. Grimm and A. W. Lohmann, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 600A (1965); 56, 1151 (1966).

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