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Optical Engineering

Engineering a gigapixel monocentric multiscale camera
Author(s): Daniel L. Marks; Hui S. Son; Jungsang Kim; David J. Brady
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Paper Abstract

Multiscale designs greatly simplify the large-scale optics needed to realize the resolution of a large aperture. Unlike most monolithic lens systems, multiscale cameras have interdependencies between the optics at various scales. To realize a successful multiscale design, the relationships between microcamera scale and overall camera scale parameters must be understood. Starting with a specification of the multiscale camera, we present a simplified model that allows paraxial optical quantities to be estimated. Based on these quantities, a monocentric objective and a microcamera can be designed. An example of a practical design using spherical glass optics is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(8) 083202 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.8.083202
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel L. Marks, Duke Univ. (United States)
Hui S. Son, Duke Univ. (United States)
Jungsang Kim, Duke Univ. (United States)
David J. Brady, Duke Univ. (United States)

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