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Department of Molecular Life Sciences

An opto-electronic model of a polarization-sensitive neuron

Fig. 1:

An opto-electronic model of a cricket POL1-neuron. Skylight transmitted through a blue-filter and a polarizer tuned to horizontal and vertical e-vector orientations, respectively (see double arrows), is viewed by two photodiodes. Their visual fields are restricted by cylindrical tubes. Simulating polarization opponency, the two photodiode signals are logarithmized and subtracted from each other. To record responses for each azimuthal direction, the model makes a 360° rotation about the vertical axis.

Fig. 2:

180° fisheye photograph of a typical sky viewed by the model POL-neuron. The zenith is at the center, and the horizon is at the circumference of the photograph.


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