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Optical Engineering

Close-up imaging using microcamera arrays for focal plane synthesis
Author(s): Daniel L. Marks; David J. Brady
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Paper Abstract

Conventional close-up imaging uses lens arrays to form a continuous image of an extended object on a single focal plane sensor or photographic film. By imaging using microcamera arrays onto many separate sensors rather than a single large sensor, the subfields captured by individual sensors may be combined using image processing into a large synthetic image plane. This greatly increases the flexibility of the close-up imaging design because it is no longer required that the close up image be continuous. Using microcamera arrays, hundreds or thousands of megapixel sensors may be combined to form a synthetic gigapixel-scale sensor. This paper is an investigation into the design issues of microcamera arrays, and presents a simple design of a lens suitable for a megapixel class microcamera.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 50(3) 033205 doi: 10.1117/1.3554389
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 50, Issue 3
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Daniel L. Marks, Duke Univ. (United States)
David J. Brady, Duke Univ. (United States)

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