We describe the experimental realization of an all-optical imaging system with an extended depth of field (DOF). The core of the system is a phase mask consisting of 16 Fresnel lenses (FLs) that are spatially multiplexed and mutually exclusive. Because each FL, in tandem with the primary lens, is designed to produce a sharp image for a specific object plane location, jointly the FLs achieve a wide DOF. However, the resultant image exhibits reduced resolution. The acquired image, onto which we did not apply any postprocessing, clearly is sharper than that acquired with a clear-aperture imaging system with the same pupil size.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 2, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 14, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2004
Published: May 10, 2005
Eyal Ben-Eliezer, Emanuel Marom, Naim Konforti, and Zeev Zalevsky, "Experimental realization of an imaging system with an extended depth of field," Appl. Opt. 44, 2792-2798 (2005)