Calibration of transverse ray and pupil aberrations for light field cameras

Elliott Kwan, Hong Hua

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The accuracy of reconstructing depth maps or performing digital refocusing in light field cameras depends largely on how well the spatial and angular samples of light rays can be obtained. Ray sample errors induced by optical aberrations in a light field camera may be digitally corrected using the ray tracing data when its nominal lens design is available. However, the most commonly nominal lens prescription is not accessible to end users. Additionally, even if available, due to tolerances in optomechanical design, the ray tracing data can be inaccurate. We propose a calibration method based on measurements of fiducial markers on a checkerboard for modeling the imaging properties of light field cameras. The calibration accounts for vignetting, transverse ray errors, as well as pupil aberration, and can be applied to light field camera modeling of arbitrary pupil sampling systems. We further demonstrate the utility of the method for calibrating a tri-aperture camera that captures simultaneous stereo views via artificially induced transverse ray errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6974-6984
Number of pages11
JournalApplied optics
Issue number24
StatePublished - Aug 20 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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