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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 13, 2009
  • pp: 6368–6388

Video rate spectral imaging using a coded aperture snapshot spectral imager

Ashwin A. Wagadarikar, Nikos P. Pitsianis, Xiaobai Sun, and David J. Brady  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 6368-6388 (2009)

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We have previously reported on coded aperture snapshot spectral imagers (CASSI) that can capture a full frame spectral image in a snapshot. Here we describe the use of CASSI for spectral imaging of a dynamic scene at video rate. We describe significant advances in the design of the optical system, system calibration procedures and reconstruction method. The new optical system uses a double Amici prism to achieve an in-line, direct view configuration, resulting in a substantial improvement in image quality. We describe NeAREst, an algorithm for estimating the instantaneous three-dimensional spatio-spectral data cube from CASSI’s two-dimensional array of encoded and compressed measurements. We utilize CASSI’s snapshot ability to demonstrate a spectral image video of multi-colored candles with live flames captured at 30 frames per second.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(300.6190) Spectroscopy : Spectrometers

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: January 28, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2009
Published: April 2, 2009

Ashwin A. Wagadarikar, Nikos P. Pitsianis, Xiaobai Sun, and David J. Brady, "Video rate spectral imaging using a coded aperture snapshot spectral imager," Opt. Express 17, 6368-6388 (2009)

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