Abstract

Previous reports have demonstrated that it is possible to emulate the imaging function of a single conventional lens with an N×N array of identical lenslets to provide an N-fold reduction in imaging-system track length. This approach limits the application to low-resolution imaging. We highlight how using an array of dissimilar lenslets, with an array width that can be much wider than the detector array, high-resolution super-resolved imaging is possible. We illustrate this approach with a ray-traced design and optimization of a long-wave infrared system employing a 3×3 array of freeform lenslets to provide a fourfold reduction in track length compared to a baseline system. Simulations of image recovery show that recovered image quality is comparable to that of the baseline system.

© 2015 Optical Society of America

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