By suitably phase-encoding optical images in the pupil plane and then digitally restoring them, one can greatly improve their quality. The use of a cubic phase mask originated by Dowski and Cathey to enhance the depth of focus in the images of 3-d scenes is a classic example of this powerful approach. By using the Strehl ratio as a measure of image quality,… (More)
Automated iris recognition is a promising method for noninvasive verification of identity. Although it is noninvasive, the procedure requires considerable cooperation from the user. In typical acquisition systems, the subject must carefully position the head laterally to make sure that the captured iris falls within the field-of-view of the digital image… (More)
Certain optical aberrations, such as defocus, can significantly degrade the signal collected by an imaging system, producing images with low resolution. In images with depth-dependent detail, such degradations are difficult to remove due to their inherent spatially varying nature. In 1995, Dowski and Cathey introduced the concept of wavefront coding to… (More)
We use cubic-phase plate imaging to demonstrate an order-of-magnitude improvement in the transverse resolution of three-dimensional objects reconstructed by extended depth-of-field tomography. Our algorithm compensates for the range shear of the cubic-phase approach and uses camera rotation to center the reconstructed volume on a target object point.