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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 10 — Oct. 31, 2007

Artificial neural superposition eye

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

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 19, pp. 11922-11933 (2007)

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We propose an ultra-thin imaging system which is based on the neural superposition compound eye of insects. Multiple light sensitive pixels in the footprint of each lenslet of this multi-channel configuration enable the parallel imaging of the individual object points. Together with the digital superposition of related signals this multiple sampling enables advanced functionalities for artificial compound eyes. Using this technique, color imaging and a circumvention for the trade-off between resolution and sensitivity of ultra-compact camera devices have been demonstrated in this article. The optical design and layout of such a system is discussed in detail. Experimental results are shown which indicate the attractiveness of microoptical artificial compound eyes for applications in the field of machine vision, surveillance or automotive imaging.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.1240) Detectors : Arrays
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(150.0150) Machine vision : Machine vision
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: August 7, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 2, 2007
Published: September 5, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer, and Andreas Tünnermann, "Artificial neural superposition eye," Opt. Express 15, 11922-11933 (2007)

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