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Microoptical compound lens

United States Patent

October 23, 2007
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An apposition microoptical compound lens comprises a plurality of lenslets arrayed around a segment of a hollow, three-dimensional optical shell. The lenslets collect light from an object and focus the light rays onto the concentric, curved front surface of a coherent fiber bundle. The fiber bundle transports the light rays to a planar detector, forming a plurality of sub-images that can be reconstructed as a full image. The microoptical compound lens can have a small size (millimeters), wide field of view (up to, and adequate resolution for object recognition and tracking.
Sweatt; William C. (Albuquerque, NM), Gill; David D. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
11/ 290,050
November 30, 2005
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.