Compressive and classical hyperspectral systems: A fundamental comparison

Adi Shay, Isaac Y. August, Adrian Stern

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Hyperspectral imagery involves capturing and processing a tremendous amount of data, which sets severe system resource requirements. This has motivated the application of compressive sensing for different spectroscopic and spectroscopic imager systems. Several new compressive hyperspectral architectures have been designed to stretch the common limitations of classical systems. However, the application of the compressive sensing framework involves design of system architectures that differ significantly from the conventional ones. Since compressive sensing differs essentially from conventional sensing, it cannot be implemented for hyperspectral imaging by simply modifying one of the components of a conventional hyperspectral system, rather it requires a complete new design. In this work we present a comparison between four compressive hyperspectral architectures to conventional architectures. The compressive hyperspectral sensing compared are: Coded Aperture Snapshot Spectral Imaging (CASSI), Compressive HS Imaging by Separable Spatial And Spectral Operators (CHISSS), (Liquid-crystal Compressive spectral Imager) LiCSI and (Spectral Single-Pixel) SSP systems. Those methods are compared to conventional spatial/spectral scanning hyperspectral such as pushbroom, whiskbroom and color filter techniques. A fundamental comparison between these architectures is presented in terms of optical system volume and radiometric efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompressive Sensing IV
EditorsFauzia Ahmad
ISBN (Electronic)9781628416008
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventCompressive Sensing IV - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 22 Apr 201524 Apr 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceCompressive Sensing IV
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Compressive sensing
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Optical efficiency
  • System volume

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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