Field-of-view overlap effects in multiaperture vision systems with apposition eyelets

Michael S. Currin, Ronald G. Driggers

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The study of multiaperture vision systems (MAVS’s), or insectlike systems, is still in its infancy. It is known that, for simple tasks, these systems provide an advantage over single-aperture systems in the reduction of processor complexity. Conventional spatial sampling and optical-modeling techniques, however, do not appear to describe the advantages of multiaperture systems accurately. In an attempt to describe the basic task of point-source response, or resolution, a surprising result is shown with regard to the overlapping field-of-view characteristic of a MAVS. Two types of five-eyelet multiaperture system, zoomed and nonzoomed, are shown to provide varying resolution as a function of eyelet overlap. A better-than-conventional point-source resolution for eyelets of uniform spatial response is exhibited by these systems. This characteristic holds for both uniform and normal target distributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5775-5780
Number of pages6
JournalApplied optics
Issue number23
StatePublished - Aug 10 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Multiaperture vision
  • Point tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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