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Appl Opt. 2009 Jun 20;48(18):3368-74.

Demonstration of an infrared microcamera inspired by Xenos peckii vision.

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  • 1ONERA, Chemin de la Hunière, 91761 Palaiseau cedex, France.


We present an original and compact optical system inspired by the unusual eyes of a Strepsipteran insect called Xenos peckii. It is designed for a field of view of 30 degrees and is composed of multiple telescopes. An array of prisms of various angles is placed in front of these telescopes in order to set a different field of view for each channel. This type of camera operates in the [3-5 microm] spectral bandwidth and is entirely integrated in a Dewar in order to maximize its compactness. Experimental images are presented to validate this design.

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