Two examples are presented to illustrate the advantages of polarization coded apertures, in which the incoming light will rotate its polarization at a portion of an aperture. In the first example the depth of field of a diffraction limited lens is increased without sacrificing the light throughput; in the second example the axial focal intensity of a pixelated Fresnel zone plate is increased by 100%. Both examples work for linearly polarized or unpolarized illumination.
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