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23 September 2015 Wide-angle lens miniaturization through foveated imaging
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In the recent years, there have been many improvements in optics miniaturization, including wide-angle lenses. However, the design of a miniature wide-angle lens (FFOV 180°) is not a simple task. In order to correct aberrations that are issue from the large field of view, many lenses are necessary. Moreover, the amount of distortion is usually very high for those kinds of designs. It has been reported that distortion can be used as a design parameter in order to control the local magnification of the image across the field of view. This control of the distortion can be used to enhance the quality of the information present at the center of the image at the expense of the sides, leading to a foveated design. By carefully adjusting the resolution across the field of view, less care can be given to correcting defects issue from the edge of the field. This sort of compromise is a promising way to release some constraints and could, for example, allow a reduction of the number of lenses in the system. The present paper explores the effect of the control of distortion toward foveated imaging on a wide-angle lens. The goal is to assess its potential for allowing the simplification of the system. In order to achieve this objective, a miniature wide-angle lens is modified into different foveated designs, each of them with different resolution targets. The starting design is a state of the art commercial miniature wide-angle. The conditions in which the system can be reduced are then analyzed. Finally, the results and findings are discussed.
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Xavier Dallaire and Simon Thibault "Wide-angle lens miniaturization through foveated imaging", Proc. SPIE 9626, Optical Systems Design 2015: Optical Design and Engineering VI, 96261A (23 September 2015);

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