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Compact multifunctional system for imaging spectroscopy

A method for obtaining spectral imaging data comprises at least the steps of receiving a sample set of data generated by sampling a spectral property of an image of an object in a spatial basis, wherein the sampling of the spectral property of the image of the object comprises providing a Spectral Filter Array (SFA) by arranging a plurality of SFA elements together to form a surface; configuring each SFA element of the plurality of SFA elements to filter one or more spectral bandwidths centered each at specific wavelengths corresponding to that SFA element, whereby all of the plurality of SFA elements taken together cover a determined spectral range; and setting the specific wavelengths of each SFA element of the plurality of SFA elements on the surface such to obtain a uniform and aperiodic spatial distribution of all of the plurality of SFA elements across the surface. The sampling of the spectral property of the image of the object further comprises providing an image sensor configured to record at each pixel the light filtered by one of the plurality of SFA elements or a subset of the plurality of SFA elements thereby producing one intensity value of light filtered by the one of the plurality of elements or the subset of the plurality of SFA elements per pixel; forming the image of the object on the SFA through a lens or group of lenses; and recording for all of the pixels of the image sensor the spectrally filtered intensity values thereby obtaining a 2-dimensional array of the intensity values corresponding to the image of the object. The method for obtaining spectral imaging data further comprises the step of reconstructing a full 3 dimensional spectral data cube of the imaged object from the sampled 2-dimensional array.

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