Abstract

In this Letter we propose a method to enhance the limited depth of field (DOF) in optical imaging systems, through digital holography. The proposed approach is based on the introduction of a cubic phase plate into the diffraction integral, analogous to what occurs in white-light imaging systems. By this approach we show that it is possible to improve the DOF and to recover the extended focus image of a tilted object in a single reconstruction step. Moreover, we demonstrate the possibility of obtaining well-focused biological cells flowing into a tilted microfluidic channel.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

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