Background Material

Some useful introductory material from my SIGGRAPH Computational Photography course.

Assigned Readings

Additional readings associated with the assignments are listed on that page, and the related resources page also contains relevant reading material.


The main paper we will use to understand many concepts:

Then we will look at additional topics based on modern methods to manipulate and capture lightfield. They include coded aperture and heterodyning.

Wikipedia page for older designs: Plenotpic Camera

Coded aperture

"Textbook" description by Paul Carlisle.

Summary of references by Jean in 't Zand.

Classic paper:

  • Fenimore, E. E., and T. M. Cannon. "Coded Aperture Imaging with Uniformly Redundant Arrays." Applied Optics 17, no. 3 (February 1, 1978): 337-347.

Recent work:

Phase-plate based coded aperture

Dowski, E. R. "Single-Image, Single-Lens, Passive Range Estimation Systems." In An Information Theory Approach to Incoherent Information Processing Systems. November 1, 1995.

Dowski, E. R., Jr. and W. T. Cathey. "Single-Lens, Single-Image, Incoherent Passive Ranging Systems." Applied Optics 33 (1994): 6762-6773.

Analysis of noise

Accorsi, Roberto, Francesca Gasparini, and Richard C. Lanza. "Optimal Coded Aperture Patterns for Improved SNR in Nuclear Medicine Imaging." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 474, no. 3 (December 2001): 273-284.