By exploring micro-optical design principles and technology, we have developed an artificial apposition compound eye. The overall thickness of the imaging system is only 320 μm, the diagonal field of view is 21°, and the <i>f</i>-number is 2.6. The monolithic device consists of an UV-replicated microlens array upon a thin silica substrate with a pinhole array in a metal layer on the back side. The pitch of the pinholes differs from that of the lens array to provide individual viewing angle for each channel. Theoretical limitations of resolution and sensitivity are discussed as well as fabrication issues and compared with experimental results. A method to generate nontransparent walls between optical channels to prevent cross talk is proposed.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Jacques Duparré, Peter Dannberg, Peter Schreiber, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann, "Artificial Apposition Compound Eye Fabricated by Micro-Optics Technology," Appl. Opt. 43, 4303-4310 (2004)