Abstract

Curved sensors are a suitable technological solution to enhance the vast majority of optical systems. In this work, we show the entire process to create curved sensor-based optical systems and the possibilities they offer. This paper defines the boundaries of the reachable curvatures for a full range of monolithic sensors. We discuss how the curved focal plane shape is related to the imaged scenes and optical parameters. Two camera prototypes are designed, realized, and tested, demonstrating a new compact optical architecture for a 40 deg compact objective as well as a wide-field fisheye zoom objective using a convex sensor to image a 180 deg field of view.

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