Methods and systems for realizing high resolution three-dimensional (3-D) optical imaging using diffraction limited low' resolution optical signals. Using axial shift-based signal processing via computer based computation algorithm, three sets of high resolution optical data are detennined along the axial (or light beam propagation) direction using low resolution axial data. The three sets of low resolution data are generated by illuminating the 3~D object under observation along its three independent and orthogonal look directions (i.e., x. Y. and z) or by physically rotating the object by 90 degrees and also flipping the object by 90 degrees. The three sets of high resolution axial data is combined using a unique mathematical function to interpolate a 3-D image of the test object that is of much higher resolution than the diffiaction limited direct measurement 3-D resolution. Confocal microscopy or optical coherence tomography (OCT) are example methods to obtain the axial scan data sets.
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Riza, Nabeel, "Methods and Systems for Realizing High Resolution Three-Dimensional Optical Imaging" (2011). UCF Patents. 373.