Gigapixel cameras have been confined to specialized applications such as aerial photography and astronomical observatories. A simplified architecture would better suit terrestrial imaging and reduce instrument cost and complexity. Our gigapixel AWARE camera is based on monocentric multiscale optical design principles that produce high-resolution images with a field of view (FOV) limited only by vignetting. This design allows resolution to approach the theoretical diffraction limits for a given entrance pupil size and FOV.

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