Abstract

Compound eyes offer a promising field of miniaturized imaging systems. In one application of a compound eye, superposition of compound eye systems forms a composite image by superposing the images produced by different channels. The geometric configuration of superposition compound eye systems is achieved by three micro-lens arrays with different pitches and focal lengths. High resolution is indispensable for the practicability of superposition compound eye systems. In this paper, hybrid diffractive-refractive lenses are introduced into the design of a compound eye system for this purpose. With the help of ZEMAX, two superposition compound eye systems with and without hybrid diffractive-refractive lenses were separately designed. Then, we demonstrate the effectiveness of using a hybrid diffractive-refractive lens to improve the image quality.

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