Methods for correcting for aberrations in the image or three-dimensional reconstruction of a sampled region obtained by broadband interferometry. The sampled region is illuminated with a broadband beam of light, and light returned from the sample is detected, along with a reference beam, in order to derive an interference signal for pixels of a volume spanned by wavenumber and axes transverse to the beam propagation direction. An optimization procedure is performed with respect to a specified criterion so as to obtain an aberration-corrected image of at least one plane of the sampled region, either in a plane-specific manner or in a space-invariant manner throughout the sampled region. A filter function, which may be derived from the interference signal attendant to irradiating a sparsely distributed plurality of point scatterers, or otherwise, corrects for a detected aberrated point spread function. Methods of the present invention may be used for aberration correction in reading information from an optical data storage medium.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number8731272
StatePublished - May 20 2014


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