The two-decade long story of subwavelength imaging using metamaterials seems to be approaching to its logical end. First, stimulated emission depletion technique offered the magnified subwavelength imaging in the far zone of the object in those applications where the fluorescent labels are allowed. Second, the simple glass microsphere has shown since 2011 the ability to grant the similar resolution and magnification in absence of molecular labels. In this work, we explain this effect by the suppression of the Abbe diffraction for the wave beam formed by a microsphere.

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