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Wavefront coding: a modern method of achieving high-performance and/or low-cost imaging systems
Author(s): Edward R. Dowski Jr.; Gregory E. Johnson
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Paper Abstract

This paper gives a brief introduction into the background, application, and design of Wavefront Coding imaging systems. Wavefront Coding is a general technique of using generalized aspheric optics and digital signal processing to greatly increase the performance and/or reduce the cost of imaging systems. The type of aspheric optics employed results in optical imaging characteristics that are very insensitive to misfocus related aberrations. A sharp and clear image is not directly produced from the optics, however, digital signal processing applied to the sampled image produces a sharp and clear final image that is also insensitive to misfocus related aberrations. This paper gives an overview of Wavefront Coding and example images related to the two applications of machine vision/label reading and biometric imaging. Design techniques of Wavefront Coding are unique from that of traditional imaging system design since both the optics and digital processing characteristics of the system are jointly optimized for optimum system performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3779, Current Developments in Optical Design and Optical Engineering VIII, (5 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.368203
Show Author Affiliations
Edward R. Dowski Jr., CDM Optics, Inc. (United States)
Gregory E. Johnson, CDM Optics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3779:
Current Developments in Optical Design and Optical Engineering VIII
Robert E. Fischer; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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