Abstract

The study of multiaperture vision systems (MAVS’s), or insectlike systems, is still in its infancy. It is known that, for simple tasks, these systems provide an advantage over single-aperture systems in the reduction of processor complexity. Conventional spatial sampling and optical-modeling techniques, however, do not appear to describe the advantages of multiaperture systems accurately. In an attempt to describe the basic task of point-source response, or resolution, a surprising result is shown with regard to the overlapping field-of-view characteristic of a MAVS. Two types of five-eyelet multiaperture system, zoomed and nonzoomed, are shown to provide varying resolution as a function of eyelet overlap. A better-than-conventional point-source resolution for eyelets of uniform spatial response is exhibited by these systems. This characteristic holds for both uniform and normal target distributions.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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