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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17506–17519

Optical Cluster Eye fabricated on wafer-level

Julia Meyer, Andreas Brückner, Robert Leitel, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17506-17519 (2011)

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Wafer-level optics is considered as a cost-effective approach to miniaturized cameras, because fabrication and assembly are carried out for thousands of lenses in parallel. However, in most cases the micro-optical fabrication process is not mature enough to reach the required accuracy of the optical elements, which may have complex profiles and sags in the mm-scale. Contrary, the creation of microlens arrays is well controllable so that we propose a multi aperture system called ”Optical Cluster Eye” which is based on conventional micro-optical fabrication techniques. The proposed multi aperture camera consists of many optical channels each transmitting a segment of the whole field of view. The design of the system provides the stitching of the partial images, so that a seamless image is formed and a commercially available image sensor can be used. The system can be fabricated on wafer-level with high yield due to small aperture diameters and low sags. The realized optics has a lateral size of 2.2 × 2.9 mm2, a total track length of 1.86 mm, and captures images at VGA video resolution.

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OCIS Codes
(040.1240) Detectors : Arrays
(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(150.6044) Machine vision : Smart cameras

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: June 20, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2011
Published: August 22, 2011

Julia Meyer, Andreas Brückner, Robert Leitel, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann, "Optical Cluster Eye fabricated on wafer-level," Opt. Express 19, 17506-17519 (2011)

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