Spherical aberration and the electromagnetic field in high-aperture systems

  title={Spherical aberration and the electromagnetic field in high-aperture systems},
  author={Taco D. Visser and Sjoerd H. Wiersma},
We present a model for investigating the effect of spherical aberration on the electromagnetic field and the Poynting vector in the focal region of a high-aperture lens. The fields are obtained by integrating the vector equivalent of Kirchhoff's boundary integral over the aberrated wave front. We have studied both diffraction patterns and transfer functions. Our results differ significantly from those obtained by classical focusing theory. For example, the intensity peak is narrower. Also the… CONTINUE READING

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