4pi-Steradian Curved And Lensless Imagers (4pi-SCALE) 1.2.2.

Project: Research project

Project Details


We propose a new passive three-dimensional imaging platform that allows the ultimate field of
view (FOV) of 4 Steradian, or a complete sphere, while maintaining extremely thin conformal
and flexible geometry. Moreover, our platform is capable of produce high quality 3D images in
short-wavelength infrared (SWIR).
Despite decades of research, current state-of-the-art night vision systems remain bulky, twodimensional,
and with a FOV that is significantly smaller than the human vision FOV. We
believe that the current imaging platform, which is made of a single lens and focal plane array,
faces fundamental challenges with respect to addressing the aforementioned issues. Recent
efforts to replace the flat focal plane array with a curved array can address the limited FOV.
However, producing high-resolution curved arrays is a significant challenge, and the camera
remains bulky and limited to 2D imaging.
Effective start/end date10/15/138/14/16


  • U.S. Army RDECOM Acquisition Center, Research Triangle Park Contracting Division (W911NF-13-1-0485)


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