Spatial-frequency transfer functions are regularly used to model the imaging performance of near-field �superlens� systems. However, these do not account for interactions between the object that is being imaged and the superlens itself. As the imaging in these systems is in the near field, such interactions are important to consider if accurate performance estimates are to be obtained. We present here a simple analytical modification that can be made to the transfer function to account for near-field interactions for objects consisting of small apertures in otherwise-continuous metal screens. The modified transfer functions are evaluated by comparison with full-field finite-element simulations for representative single-layer and multi-layer silver superlenses, and good agreement is found.
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