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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 6 — Mar. 19, 2007
  • pp: 3067–3077

Laser lithographic fabrication and characterization of a spherical artificial compound eye

Daniela Radtke, Jacques Duparré, Uwe D. Zeitner, and Andreas Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 6, pp. 3067-3077 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.003067


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Abstract

A spherical artificial compound eye which is comprised of an imaging microlens array and a pinhole array in the focal plane serving as receptor matrix is fabricated. The arrays are patterned on separate spherical bulk lenses by means of a special modified laser lithography system which is capable of generating structures with low shape deviation on curved surfaces. Design considerations of the imaging system are presented as well as the characterization of the comprising elements on curved surfaces, with special attention to the homogeneity over the array. The assembled system is the first spherical compound eye able to capture images. It is evaluated by analyzing resolution and cross-talk between the single channels.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.1240) Detectors : Arrays
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: December 19, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2007
Published: March 19, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Daniela Radtke, Jacques Duparré, Uwe D. Zeitner, and Andreas Tünnermann, "Laser lithographic fabrication and characterization of a spherical artificial compound eye," Opt. Express 15, 3067-3077 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-6-3067


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