Effect of refractive index mismatch aberration in arsenic trisulfide
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- Cumming, B.P., Debbarma, S., Luther-Davies, B. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2012) 109: 227. doi:10.1007/s00340-012-5180-9
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We demonstrate compensation for the spherical aberration due to the refractive index mismatch that occurs when a laser beam is focused into a thick arsenic trisulfide (As\(_2\)S\(_3\)) film with a high numerical aperture objective. The effects of the aberration at different focal depths on the point spread function have been calculated numerically and the axial response method shown to be a useful measure for compensating the spherical aberration. We show that with the addition of adaptive optics based on a spatial light modulator, the aberration can be significantly reduced, resulting in an increase in peak intensity by a factor of 2.4 and a decrease in axial elongation by a factor of 2.2.