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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1976
  • pp: 2846–2854

Scene power spectra: the moment as an image quality merit factor

Norman B. Nill  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 15, Issue 11, pp. 2846-2854 (1976)

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Coherent optical power spectra of random scene imagery can become a powerful image evaluation technique when properly analyzed. A normalized low order moment of power spectra is set forth as a good image quality merit factor, which also has the advantageous property of taking out the spectrum analyzer’s aperture effect. In addition to the relevant theory, experimental results with this merit factor of power spectra are given that demonstrate a high degree of correlation with subjective quality rankings, as well as the accurate assessment of optimum focus.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 29, 1976
Published: November 1, 1976

Norman B. Nill, "Scene power spectra: the moment as an image quality merit factor," Appl. Opt. 15, 2846-2854 (1976)

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  26. The experimental result that the power spectra of the various measuring apertures closely agree with the theoretically predicted spectra [via Eq. (1)] confirms the working validity of the power spectrum relationship given in Eq. (1).
  27. It is known that the visual ranking technique described is scale-dependent, i.e., all other factors being equal, a photograph with a low scale will have a higher rating than a photograph with a higher scale. On the other hand it can be shown that for physically reasonable forms of F(ν), the normalized low order moment of F(ν) is essentially scale-independent. In order for M to track properly the visual ranking therefore, M is made to be scale-dependent by the conversionM(cycles/m)2=1×106M(cycles/mm)2(Scale)2
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