Transmission function properties for multi-layered structures: Application to super-resolution

N. Mattiucci, G. D'Aguanno, M. Scalora, M. J. Bloemer, C. Sibilia
2009 Optics Express  
We discuss the properties of the transmission function in the k-space for a generic multi-layered structure. In particular we analytically demonstrate that a transmission greater than one in the evanescent spectrum (amplification of the evanescent modes) can be directly linked to the guided modes supported by the structure. Moreover we show that the slope of the phase of the transmission function in the propagating spectrum is inversely proportional to the ability of the structure to compensate
more » ... the diffraction of the propagating modes. We apply these findings to discuss several examples where super-resolution is achieved thanks to the simultaneous availability of the amplification of the evanescent modes and the diffraction compensation of the propagating modes.
doi:10.1364/oe.17.017517 pmid:19907535 fatcat:oijoed6ejveyvfz3fr44kbzvmi