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17 March 1983 Mechanical Model Of The Insect Eye
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Most optical instruments in use are modeled after the human eye. The design of insect eyes is fundamentally different and is governed by the laws of multiaperture optics. It can be shown that for certain applications, instruments using multiaperture optics are superior to single aperture instruments. For study of multiaperture optics and function of the insect eye a mechanical model resembling an insect eye was constructed. An individual eyelet of the mechanical model consists of a lens system and a detection system. The diameter of the front lens is 2mm (7mm fl), the aperture of the back lens is lmm (2mm fl). Each eyelet has seven optical fibers which transport the incident light to individual detectors. The model has a total of 100 eyelets (700 detectors). Each detector is sequentially read by a multiplexer which is interfaced with a micro computer, which displays the output on a video terminal.
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Richard T. Schneider and James F. Long "Mechanical Model Of The Insect Eye", Proc. SPIE 0359, Applications of Digital Image Processing IV, (17 March 1983); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.965958
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