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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2012
  • pp: 4691–4702

Design and scaling of monocentric multiscale imagers

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

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 20, pp. 4691-4702 (2012)

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Monocentric multi-scale (MMS) lenses are a new approach to high-resolution wide-angle imaging, where a monocentric objective lens is shared by an array of identical rotationally symmetric secondary imagers that each acquire one overlapping segment of a mosaic. This allows gigapixel images to be computationally integrated from conventional image sensors and relatively simple optics. Here we describe the MMS design space, introducing constraints on image continuity and uniformity, and show how paraxial system analysis can provide both volume scaling and a systematic design methodology for MMS imagers. We provide the detailed design of a 120° field of viewimager (currently under construction) resolving 2 gigapixels at 41.5 μrad instantaneous field of view, and demonstrate reasonable agreement with the first-order scaling calculation.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.1240) Detectors : Arrays
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(110.1758) Imaging systems : Computational imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: November 29, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2012
Published: July 4, 2012

Eric J. Tremblay, Daniel L. Marks, David J. Brady, and Joseph E. Ford, "Design and scaling of monocentric multiscale imagers," Appl. Opt. 51, 4691-4702 (2012)

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