Engineering a gigapixel monocentric multiscale camera

Daniel L. Marks, Hui S. Son, Jungsang Kim, David J. Brady

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number083202
JournalOptical Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspherics
  • Imaging systems
  • Optical design
  • Sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Engineering

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