Abstract

The image depth of integral imaging is enhanced by doubling the number of central depth planes by use of optical path control. To accomplish this, the optical path lengths are changed by controlling whether reflections occur behind the lens array. We propose three schemes that use mirrors, a combination of beam splitters and polarizers, and polarization beam splitters, respectively. In experiments we implement the systems that are completely electronically controllable, are compact, and provide two central depth planes with 50.4-mm separation.

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G. Lippmann, C. R. Acad. Sci. 146, 446 (1908).

Arai, J.

Choi, H.

Davies, N.

Hoshino, H.

Jang, J.-S.

Javidi, B.

Jin, F.

Jung, S.

Lee, B.

Lippmann, G.

G. Lippmann, C. R. Acad. Sci. 146, 446 (1908).

McCormick, M.

Min, S.-W.

Okano, F.

Okoshi, T.

Park, J.-H.

Yang, L.

Yuyama, I.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Concept of the mirror barrier array: (a) per-pendicular-mirror state and (b) tilted-mirror state.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

System configurations with mechanical motion eliminated: (a) s-set and p-set, (b) state 1, (c) state 2.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Integrated images of a star and a flower at distances of 52.3 and 102.7 mm, respectively. Conventional scheme with the central depth plane at (a) 52.3 mm and (b) 102.7 mm. (c) Right view (3.5°) and (d) left view (3.5°) of the proposed scheme.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Modified system configuration: (a) state 1 and (b) state 2.

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