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Appl Opt. 2012 Feb 1;51(4):A36-47. doi: 10.1364/AO.51.000A36.

Space-bandwidth scaling for wide field-of-view imaging.

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U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Maryland 20783, USA.


We examine the space-bandwidth product of wide field-of-view imaging systems as the systems scale in size. Our analysis is based on one conducted to examine the behavior of a plano-convex lens imaging onto a flat focal geometry. We extend this to consider systems with monocentric lenses and curved focal geometries. As a means to understand system cost, and not just performance, we also assess the volume and mass associated with these systems. Our analysis indicates monocentric lenses imaging onto a curved detector outperform other systems for the same design constraints but do so at a cost in lens weight.

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