Optical performance test and validation of microcameras in multiscale, gigapixel imagers.


Wide field-of-view gigapixel imaging systems capable of diffraction-limited resolution and video-rate acquisition have a broad range of applications, including sports event broadcasting, security surveillance, astronomical observation, and bioimaging. The complexity of the system integration of such devices demands precision optical components that are fully characterized and qualified before being integrated into the final system. In this work, we present component and assembly level characterizations of microcameras in our first gigapixel camera, the AWARE-2. Based on the results of these measurements, we revised the optical design and assembly procedures to construct the second generation system, the AWARE-2 Retrofit, which shows significant improvement in image quality.