Abstract

Monocentric lenses have recently changed from primarily a historic curiosity to a potential solution for panoramic high-resolution imagers, where the spherical image surface is directly detected by curved image sensors or optically transferred onto multiple conventional flat focal planes. We compare imaging and waveguide-based transfer of the spherical image surface formed by the monocentric lens onto planar image sensors, showing that both approaches can make the system input aperture and resolution substantially independent of the input angle. We present aberration analysis that demonstrates that wide-field monocentric lenses can be focused by purely axial translation and describe a systematic design process to identify the best designs for two-glass symmetric monocentric lenses. Finally, we use this approach to design an F/1.7, 12 mm focal length imager with an up to 160° field of view and show that it compares favorably in size and performance to conventional wide-angle imagers.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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Errata

Igor Stamenov, Ilya P. Agurok, and Joseph E. Ford, "Optimization of two-glass monocentric lenses for compact panoramic imagers: general aberration analysis and specific designs: erratum," Appl. Opt. 52, 5348-5349 (2013)
https://www.osapublishing.org/ao/abstract.cfm?uri=ao-52-22-5348

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