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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 24 — Nov. 22, 2010
  • pp: 24379–24394

Thin wafer-level camera lenses inspired by insect compound eyes

Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Robert Leitel, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 24, pp. 24379-24394 (2010)

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We propose a microoptical approach to ultra-compact optics for real-time vision systems that are inspired by the compound eyes of insects. The demonstrated module achieves approx. VGA resolution with a total track length of 1.4 mm which is about two times shorter than comparable single-aperture optics on images sensors of the same pixel pitch. The partial images that are separately recorded in different optical channels are stitched together to form a final image of the whole field of view by means of image processing. A software correction is applied to each partial image so that the final image is made free of distortion. The microlens arrays are realized by state of the art microoptical fabrication techniques on wafer-level which are suitable for a potential application in high volume e.g. for consumer electronic products.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: September 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2010
Published: November 8, 2010

Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Robert Leitel, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann, "Thin wafer-level camera lenses inspired by insect compound eyes," Opt. Express 18, 24379-24394 (2010)

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