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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 1 — Jan. 14, 2002
  • pp: 60–65

Foveated imaging demonstration

D. V. Wick, T. Martinez, S. R. Restaino, and B. R. Stone  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 60-65 (2002)

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A wide field-of-view (FOV), theoretically diffraction-limited imaging system is demonstrated using a single positive lens (a singlet), a reflective liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM), a turning mirror and a CCD camera. The SLM is used to correct the off-axis aberrations that would otherwise limit the useful FOV of our system. Foveated imaging refers to the variation in spatial resolution across the image caused by using the SLM in this manner.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(090.1000) Holography : Aberration compensation
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Original Manuscript: December 20, 2001
Published: January 14, 2002

David Wick, Ty Martinez, Sergio Restaino, and B. Stone, "Foveated imaging demonstration," Opt. Express 10, 60-65 (2002)

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