27 February 2015 Multimode plenoptic imaging
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The plenoptic function was originally defined as a complete record of the 3D structure of radiance in a scene and its dependence on a number of different parameters including position, angle, wavelength, polarization, etc. Recently-developed plenoptic cameras typically capture only the geometric aspects of the plenoptic function. Using this information, computational photography can render images with an infinite variety of features such as focus, depth of field, and parallax. Less attention has been paid to other, nonspatial, parameters of the plenoptic function that could also be captured. In this paper, we develop the microlens-based image sensor (aka the Lippmann sensor) as a generalized plenoptic capture device, able to capture additional information based on filters/modifiers placed on different microlenses. Multimodal capture can comprise many different parameters such as high-dynamic range, multispectral, and so on. For this paper we explore two particular examples in detail: polarization capture based on interleaved polarization filters, and capture with extended depth of field based on microlenses with different focal lengths.
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Todor Georgiev, Andrew Lumsdaine, "Multimode plenoptic imaging", Proc. SPIE 9404, Digital Photography XI, 940402 (27 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083473; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083473
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