Design and characterization of thin multiple aperture infrared cameras.
We describe a multiple-aperture long-wave infrared camera built on an uncooled microbolometer array with the objective of decreasing camera thickness. The 5 mm thick optical system is an f/1.2 design with a 6.15 mm effective focal length. An integrated image is formed from the subapertures using correlation-based registration and a least gradient reconstruction algorithm. We measure a 131 mK NETD. The system's spatial frequency is analyzed with 4 bar targets. With proper calibration, our multichannel interpolation results recover contrast for targets at frequencies beyond the aliasing limit of the individual subimages.
Portnoy, A; Pitsianis, N; Sun, X; Brady, D; Gibbons, R; Silver, A; Te Kolste, R; Chen, C; Dillon, T; Prather, D
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