Overcoming the diffraction limit using multiple light scattering in a highly disordered medium

Youngwoon Choi, Taeseok Daniel Yang, Christopher Fang-Yen, Pilsung Kang, Kyoung Jin Lee, Ramachandra R. Dasari, Michael S. Feld, Wonshik Choi

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We report that disordered media made of randomly distributed nanoparticles can be used to overcome the diffraction limit of a conventional imaging system. By developing a method to extract the original image information from the multiple scattering induced by the turbid media, we dramatically increase a numerical aperture of the imaging system. As a result, the resolution is enhanced by more than 5 times over the diffraction limit, and the field of view is extended over the physical area of the camera. Our technique lays the foundation to use a turbid medium as a far-field superlens.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023902
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 6


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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