Three-level filter for increased depth of focus and Bessel beam generation
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A novel axially-symmetric filter for increasing focal depth and generating an approximation to a Bessel beam is proposed. It consists of an array of rings of strength –1,0 and 1. The design is based on an analytic solution, and combines high resolution in the transverse direction with good efficiency. One presented design increases the depth of focus compared with a standard lens by more than 30 times, with a very flat axial intensity distribution over this range. Effects of discretization are discussed. Various different approaches to increasing depth of focus are compared, to put the new design into perspective.
Author Posting. © Optical Society of America, 2012. This article is posted here by permission of Optical Society of America for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Optics Express 20 (2012): 27212-27221, doi:10.1364/OE.20.25.027212.