An image multiplexer (IMX) composed of a planar microlens array is proposed for an input device of an optical parallel processing system. Imaging properties were evaluated experimentally and numerically to find a design rule and the limitations of use of the IMX. As a result, it was found that a planar microlens has a relatively good distortion property and low MTF sensitivity for oblique imaging, even if an image height goes to as high as 60% of the lens radius. Furthermore, a compensation method for image shift nonlinearity is proposed. The effective lens number in an array is estimated.
© 1990 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 20, 1989
Published: October 1, 1990
Atsushi Akiba and Kenichi Iga, "Image multiplexer using a planar microlens array," Appl. Opt. 29, 4092-4097 (1990)