Multi-aperture foveated imaging

Carles Santacana, G. , Chen, S., Bustin, N., Downing, J., Mccall, D., Wood, A. and Harvey, A. R. (2016) Multi-aperture foveated imaging. Optics Letters, 41(8), pp. 1869-1872. (doi: 10.1364/OL.41.001869) (PMID:27082366)

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Foveated imaging, such as that evolved by biological systems to provide high angular resolution with a reduced space–bandwidth product, also offers advantages for man-made task-specific imaging. Foveated imaging systems using exclusively optical distortion are complex, bulky, and high cost, however. We demonstrate foveated imaging using a planar array of identical cameras combined with a prism array and superresolution reconstruction of a mosaicked image with a foveal variation in angular resolution of 5.9:1 and a quadrupling of the field of view. The combination of low-cost, mass-produced cameras and optics with computational image recovery offers enhanced capability of achieving large foveal ratios from compact, low-cost imaging systems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chen, Dr Shouqian and Mccall, Mr Duncan and Carles Santacana, Dr Guillem and Harvey, Professor Andy
Authors: Carles Santacana, G., Chen, S., Bustin, N., Downing, J., Mccall, D., Wood, A., and Harvey, A. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Optics Letters
Publisher:Optical Society of America
ISSN (Online):1539-4794
Published Online:07 March 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Optical Society of America
First Published:First published in Optics Letters 41(8):1869-1872
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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613611EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre: Optics and Photonics Technologies - EngDMary Beth KneafseyEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/G037523/1VICE PRINCIPAL RESEARCH & ENTERPRISE