Field curvature correction in multichannel miniature imaging systems suited for wafer-level production
Using multiple optical channels increases the number of design possibilities for the objectives of mobile imaging devices. For easy waferlevel fabrication, we start from a single optical element—a monocentric plano-convex lens. The quality of the areal image is used to select the size of the field of each channel. Each channel optics is axially positioned to reduce the effect of the image field curvature. The resulting device has a small number of channels and it images a full field of view of ±40 deg with an f -number of 3. Details of the optical design, of the fabrication process, and of the device performance are reported.