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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 18 — Aug. 31, 2009
  • pp: 15747–15759

The Gabor superlens as an alternative wafer-level camera approach inspired by superposition compound eyes of nocturnal insects

Klemens Stollberg, Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 15747-15759 (2009)

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We present the microoptical adaption of the natural superposition compound eye, which is termed “Gabor superlens”. Enabled by state-of-the-art microoptics technology, this well known principle has been adapted for ultra-compact imaging systems for the first time. By numerical ray tracing optimization, and by adding diaphragm layers and a field lens array, the optical performance of the Gabor superlens is potentially comparable to miniaturized conventional lens modules, such as currently integrated in mobile phones. However, in contrast to those, the Gabor superlens is fabricated using a standard microlens array technology with low sag heights and small diameter microlenses. Hence, there is no need for complex diamond turning for the generation of the master structures. This results in a simple and well controllable lens manufacturing process with the potential to high yield.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics
(110.2960) Imaging systems : Image analysis
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(150.6044) Machine vision : Smart cameras
(330.7324) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visual optics, comparative animal models

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Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: July 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 30, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2009
Published: August 20, 2009

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Klemens Stollberg, Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann, "The Gabor superlens as an alternative wafer-level camera approach inspired by superposition compound eyes of nocturnal insects," Opt. Express 17, 15747-15759 (2009)

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