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Computational multi-spectral video imaging
preprintposted on 2023-11-30, 17:11 authored by Peng Wang, Rajesh Menon
Multi-spectral imagers reveal information unperceivable to humans and conventional cameras. Here, we demonstrate a compact single-shot multi-spectral video-imaging camera by placing a micro-structured diffractive filter in close proximity to the image sensor. The diffractive filter converts spectral information to a spatial code on the sensor pixels. Following a calibration step, this code can be inverted via regularization-based linear algebra, to compute the multi-spectral image. We experimentally demonstrated spectral resolution of 9.6nm within the visible band (430nm to 718nm). We further show that the spatial resolution is enhanced by over 30% compared to the case without the diffractive filter. We also demonstrate Vis-IR imaging with the same sensor. Furthermore, our camera is able to computationally trade-off spectral resolution against the field of view in software without any change in hardware as long as sufficient sensor pixels are utilized for information encoding. Since no absorptive color filters are utilized, sensitivity is preserved as well. Finally, the diffractive filters can be easily manufactured using optical lithography and replication techniques.