Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Improving the Synthesis and Observation of Light Fields

Stefan Muenzel
001 Sherrerd Hall
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:30am to 11:00am

In this thesis, we examine light fields from two perspectives:  synthesis, or displays, and observation, or cameras. We develop a technique to increase the angular resolution of layered light field displays by adding a lens to the front of the assembly. We show, both theoretically and computationally,  the  relation  between  angular  and  spatial resolution in layered displays, and define a method to detennine the circumstances in which it is appropriate to add a lens or other optical element  to the display.  In the second part, we develop the technique of light field fusion to record high resolution light fields. We take a light field camera and a standard camera together to computationally produce a high resolution light field. Along with initial results, we propose a variety of solutions to increase the resolution, speed and accuracy of this method.