The design, development, and field-test results of a visible-band, folded, multiresolution, adaptive computational imaging system based on the Processing Arrays of Nyquist-limited Observations to Produce a Thin Electro-optic Sensor (PANOPTES) concept is presented. The architectural layout that enables this imager to be adaptive is described, and the control system that ensures reliable field-of-view steering for precision and accuracy in subpixel target registration is explained. A digital superresolution algorithm introduced to obtain high-resolution imagery from field tests conducted in both nighttime and daytime imaging conditions is discussed. The digital superresolution capability of this adaptive PANOPTES architecture is demonstrated via results in which resolution enhancement by a factor of 4 over the detector Nyquist limit is achieved.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2012
Published: January 27, 2012
Manjunath Somayaji, Marc P. Christensen, Esmaeil Faramarzi, Dinesh Rajan, Juha-Pekka Laine, Peter Sebelius, Arthur Zachai, Murali Chaparala, Gregory Blasche, Keith Baldwin, Babatunde Ogunfemi, and Domhnull Granquist-Fraser, "Prototype development and field-test results of an adaptive multiresolution PANOPTES imaging architecture," Appl. Opt. 51, A48-A58 (2012)