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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2011
  • pp: 5824–5833

Microcamera aperture scale in monocentric gigapixel cameras

Daniel L. Marks, Eric J. Tremblay, Joseph E. Ford, and David J. Brady  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 30, pp. 5824-5833 (2011)

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Multiscale cameras achieve wide-angle, high-resolution imaging by combining coarse image formation by a simplified wide-field objective with localized aberration correction in an array of narrow field microcameras. Microcamera aperture size is a critical parameter in multiscale design; a larger aperture has greater capacity to correct aberration but requires a more complex microcamera optic. A smaller aperture requires integration of more microcameras to cover the field. This paper analyzes multiscale system performance as a function of microcamera aperture for 2 and 40 gigapixel monocentric objective lenses. We find that microcamera aperture diameters of 3 to 12 mm paired with complementary metal oxide semiconductor sensors in the 1 to 15 megapixel range are most attractive for gigapixel-scale cameras.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: May 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2011
Published: October 14, 2011

Daniel L. Marks, Eric J. Tremblay, Joseph E. Ford, and David J. Brady, "Microcamera aperture scale in monocentric gigapixel cameras," Appl. Opt. 50, 5824-5833 (2011)

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